Introducing The 2019 McLaren Senna
With the introduction of the 2019 McLaren Senna, Aryton’s thoughts have been manifested in a striking new form. It is the “first of the first generation” of the Senna, a new hypercar, created in the image of one of Formula 1’s greatest drivers of all time. A motorcar built from hard work, extreme dedication and a high level of competence.
“I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.”
Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula 1 World Champion driver for McLaren.
Designed To Win
The 2019 McLaren Senna may not be the automaker’s most expensive or most powerful edition, but, like its namesake, it is designed to win. Like Ayrton himself, the Senna is unique, focused, and one of a kind. It is potentially a legendary nameplate that pushes the limits of its capabilities.
Lightest McLaren Since The F1
The 2019 McLaren Senna seems to have been designed by the wind itself as if somehow its liquid carbon fiber shell was molded into shape inside a wind tunnel. It is carefully crafted to move the air over and even through its Monocage III chassis. At just 2850 lbs., it is McLaren’s lightest production car since its F1, which weighed in at about 2575 lbs.
The 2019 McLaren Senna is powered by a 4.0 liter, V-8 engine that produces a white-knuckle combination of 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. That is 79 more horsepower than the 720S. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission cranks the 20” rear tires quickly enough to set a zero to 60 time of about 2.5 seconds with of top speed nearing 215 mph.
Focused On Performance
All of this power combined with its lightweight, carbon fiber design made downforce a prime concern for the engineers at McLaren. The 2019 Senna’s wings are continuously adjusted hydraulically to increase downforce, adjust drag and to utilize as an air brake. The wing works hand-in-hand with twin airfoils in ducts under the headlights to maintain balance in the axles. Driven in “Race Mode” the front axle is lowered by 1.5 inches, and the rear by 1.2 inches. McLaren makes a point to remind drivers that the Senna is street legal.
Inside, the interior of the Senna is relatively Spartan. This is, after all, a car that is focused on what it does best. Perform.
Dramatic and Polarizing
The design of the 2019 McLaren Senna has been described as “dramatic” and even “polarizing”. Those in the market for the $900,000+ vehicle likely trust their own instincts. They will need those instincts when climbing behind the wheel of this aerodynamic piece of art.