FMCC founder Greg G gets inside McLaren’s latest masterpiece, the Senna.
The Senna is McLaren’s latest hypercar and it turns out, it was very difficult to get hold of, with one FMCC member saying
“We were not offered a Senna, despite us already having a [McLaren] P1”.
This 4.0 twin turbo V8 produces 789 bhp and takes this beast from 0-62 in just 2.8 seconds. So, what’s it like on the inside? Greg puts it in his own words…
The first thing you notice as you open the door and look in over the sill is the similarity to the LaFerrari. The monocoque design is clearly along the same lines in it’s conception.
However, after you get in, the look and feel is much more modern than the LaF. In fact this is the first hypercar I’ve sat in that has a large central display screen. It’s at this point I realise that the LaF is now an ageing car as it was released in 2013. Therefore, there is 6 years between these cars, and it shows. Even the dash binnacle is uber modern with a fold away screen for track mode.
One of the most distinctive features of the Senna is the glass panels in the doors. Ideal for parking alongside high kerbs to save damaging those lightweight magnesium ‘Dark Stealth’ alloys! The trouble is, you can’t get away with wearing your pyjama bottoms when out for a Sunday morning hoon!
As a lover of Bowers & Wilkins speakers, having had them in my home for a number of years, I was delighted to see them fitted to this car. With their iconic yellow coloured Kevlar cones and their real diamond tweeters, there are no other premium speaker manufacture in the market quite like them.
People say to me ‘you don’t need a stereo in your car, surely the engine noise is the only music you need?’ For me, that can’t be further from the truth. Whether I’m driving the Ferrari or the Aston, I never miss an opportunity to listen to music. Therefore, you want a stereo that is of a similar standard or performance as the car you’re driving. B&W certainly meets that specification.
So it was time to get out of the car and after a while of looking for a handle or button on the door somewhere, my guide showed me that the door release button was on the roof! Kinda felt special opening the door from there! Bit like a fighter pilot, maybe?
In summary then, this car is every inch a 2019 hypercar. Carbon fibre is no longer a novelty, it literally was on every surface you looked at. The alcantara steering wheel certainly felt like you were in a race car, the moment you got in. I wonder if I’ll ever get the chance to drive one of these? For now though, it’s time to hand the car back.
You can buy this actual car from Joe Macari cars for just £849,950 if you have some spare change.
McLaren Senna – 789 bhp – 0-62 2.8 secs – 4.0 V8 twin turbo