The McLaren Senna was introduced in 2018 as a 2019 model that serves as the third edition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series. It is preceded by the McLaren F1 and McLaren P1, however, it’s not considered a direct successor to either. The Senna name was used as a tribute to the Brazillian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna who was quite successful with the McLaren Formula One Team from 1988 to 1993, winning three Driver’s Championship titles and 35 Grand Prix race wins. Believe it or not, McLaren Automotive actually holds the rights to the Senna Family name.
The 2019 McLaren Senna is based on the McLaren 720S, albeit it with a modified version of its carbon fiber monocoque and engine. That 4.0-liter turbocharged engine is good for 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all of which is shunted through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to McLaren, the Senna is capable of hitting 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and 300 km/h in 17.5 seconds. Its claimed top speed is 340 km/h or about 211 mph. It has a power-to-weight ratio of 659 horsepower per ton and can run the quarter-mile in as little as 9.9 seconds in the right conditions with the right driver behind the wheel.
At the time of launch, the Senna had an MSRP in the U.K. of £750,000 or about $1 million at current conversion rates. Not that it really matters as only 500 examples are slated for production, and all of them were spoken for before it was even officially launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.