Get race-ready in McLaren's Senna

Will McLaren's Senna be one of the all-time great cars?


IF YOU'RE a McLaren girl, you’ll be excited about the much-anticipated launch of the lauded Senna at the annual Geneva Motor Show. Designed to be the “ultimate road-legal McLaren track car”, it seeks to impart in its owners abilities gleaned from the legendary Brazilian Formula-One superstar, Ayrton Senna, from whom its name derives. Which is not a bad selling point, if you can buy into it.

We won’t go into technical detail here other than to reveal that the car - pictured here in Victory Grey, one of five colour-ways chosen to show the car to best effect - will be incredibly quick, blitzing the sprint to 100km/h (62mph) in a claimed (but who’s going to doubt it, really?) 2.8 seconds to a top speed of 340km/h (211mph). You’d expect nothing less from the marque, especially as this 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 will be the most powerful internal combustion engine ever slotted into a road car. McLaren’s aim here, apparently, is to deliver to purchasers the “purest possible connection between car and driver”.

Does that resonate for you? That’s too bad because the luxury high-performance and technology company is only making 500 of the hand-built Sennas and every single one of them has already been promised to someone who clearly knows their cars. The price was yet to be revealed at the time of writing but will be announced at Geneva’s 88th extravaganza, which kicks off on March 8.