McLaren Senna review - the ultimate track driving experience - Performance and 0-60 time

McLaren has taken a legendary name and produced what genuinely could become a legendary car

Performance and 0-60 time

With 659bhp/ton you won’t be surprised to hear that the Senna is fast. Just how fast is clearly betrayed by the numbers, with 62mph arriving in 2.8 seconds, 124mph in 6.8 seconds and 186mph after just 18.5 seconds, but in reality it doesn’t seem that much quicker than the already studenously rapid 720 S - perhaps additional performance becomes largely academic beyond a certain lofty point. In any case, the top speed is 211 mph, but such matters were hardly McLaren’s focus with this car.

There’s certainly a lot more noise and drama to the way it accelerates, thanks to the Senna’s minimalistic cabin, reduced sound proofing material and dorsal air intake, which really screams as the V8 is wound up to high rpms. Nevertheless, the engine still sounds essentially the same as all the 3.8-litre and 4-litre McLaren V8s do - that is to say, hard-edged, aggressive, but not exactly melodic. One new facet to its character is the vibration felt: McLaren have fitted more rigid engine mounts, and at certain revs the V8 sends a fizzing tremor down the driver’s spine.

Most Popular

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?
Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years – front
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R 20 Years debuts – is this the Mk8 range-topper we’ve been waiting for?

Small tweaks across the engine, gearbox and chassis could all add up to make a real difference
24 May 2022
​Prodrive P25 to be a carbon-bodied Subaru Impreza 22B STI revival
P25
Subaru

​Prodrive P25 to be a carbon-bodied Subaru Impreza 22B STI revival

This is the sort of continuation we can get behind – a Prodrive-built 22B with 400bhp
25 May 2022
​​​Pagani C10 prototype spied – Horacio's next chapter is on its way
Pagani C10 spies
Pagani

​​​Pagani C10 prototype spied – Horacio's next chapter is on its way

The next Pagani hypercar, expected to be called the C10, has been spotted undergoing testing
24 May 2022