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3 October 2018
The 789bhp Senna is Mclaren’s most extreme hypercar yet, a road-legal monster designed for smashing lap times on a track. It even shares a name with one of the company’s most succesful racing drivers.
At £750,000, it’s the most expensive model in McLaren’s range (now that the P1 has been retired, at any rate) – but where does that leave the previous top-end model, the 720S? We’re finding out in this four-part series.
In the first episode, we took both cars from 0-100mph and back again to see how the Senna performed in a straight line. Now it’s time for a full track battle, as the Senna and 720S each set a lap time at the Anglesey circuit.
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McLaren Senna vs 720S | part one: 0-100mph-0 showdown
McLaren Senna: Full technical breakdown of 789bhp track hypercar
How to customise your McLaren Senna
The McLaren Senna on track at Estoril
Stylist required ?
I recognise that I’m getting old, but do people really think these cars are attractive ? To my eyes they are hideous, certainly in photographs, although I did see a number together of the 720S variety at a track day at Silverstone and the wasted rear haunches look OK, but the ill fitting panels then become apparent, clearly a problem with front hatch panel gaping , and the horrible hinge detail on the roof. Pininfarina did a stunning job for Ferrari all those years ago with the 458, now in it’s lightly modified 488 form it still looks fresh and stunning, in the mean time McLaren have produced many new shapes which have presumably cost vast amounts in tooling costs, and again for me each one less attractive than the original MP4/12C ?
I don’t need to put my name here, it’s on the left
Plan A: upgrade the tyres on
Plan A: upgrade the tyres on the 720, halve the lap gap and pocket £450,000. Plan B: buy a 600LT, measure lap in laughs not seconds and pocket $550,000. Plan C, buy a Pista, forget about circuits, park it in Monaco and stand around looking fabulous in your Ferrari shoes, shades and everything in between.
Predictable result but again the gap is not huge considering the track is the Senna’s raison detre. I wonder however how would the new 600LT (one with all possible options) fare compared to these two. Would probably beat the 720 and give the Senna a good run for its money.
Now will everybody stop saying that the Senna isn’t much better than the 720? I love both but, come on, the Senna is a LOT faster than an already crazy fast and capable car!
I think both cars look sensational, and much more exciting than a 458 or 488. It’s very subjective, obviously.
Driven this week