Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the new McLaren Senna (look out for our full driving impression on June 27), CARmag.co.za can confirm that eight units are destined for garages in South Africa.
While six units out of a total production run of 500 were initially allocated for our market (unlike the P1, the Senna is being offered in both left- and right-hand drive), such was the demand for McLaren’s "ultimate road-legal track car" that a further two deposits were accepted. The first example is expected to be delivered to its South African owner before the end of 2018.
While South African pricing has yet to be confirmed, we know that the car is offered to buyers in the United Kingdom at £750 000. This, of course, is for a base car and McLaren has confirmed that most owners have since opted for some form of MSO (McLaren Special Operations) customisation work to be done. This includes the majority of owners choosing the optional glass panels in the doors.
The final Senna to roll off the production line was auctioned for £2-million, with the proceeds donated to the Senna Foundation as a way of thanking the family for allowing McLaren to use the iconic name.
As a reminder, the Senna's mid-mounted 4,0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 (codenamed M840TR) delivers 588 kW and 800 N.m to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. That's enough, says the Woking-based brand, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 2,8 seconds. The British automaker furthermore claims that the Senna will reach 200 km/h in a mere 6,8 seconds, before topping out at 340 km/h.
Some 20 years later, I still crave the anticipation of what automotive goodness awaits a new month of working at CAR. While I love the charm and simplicity of older cars, it’s impossible not to be excited about the rate at which the motoring world is evolving.