ONE well-heeled McLaren owner in the UK is making the most of the hype surrounding the McLaren Senna by advertising their virtually un-driven example for sale to the highest bidder.
Seemingly shunning McLaren’s best intentions for Senna owners to actually drive their ultimate road-going track cars, a blacked-out Senna has surfaced at Romans International dealership with a mere seven miles (11km) on the odometer, not to mention “several MSO options” and the balance of its manufacturer’s warranty running until 2021.
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Built and named to commemorate one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, the Senna was an instant sell-out with all 500 examples snapped up with an individual base price of roughly $1.6 million – and that’s before you start adding options.
The black-on-black car in question has a multitude of McLaren Special Operations carbonfibre packs added, as well as glass doors, a Bowers & Wilkins 7-speaker stereo and a McLaren Track Telemetry system with three cameras.
Almost completely monochrome in appearance, this Senna’s only splash of colour externally is on the red brake calipers, with matching red seatbelts on the inside.
Manufacturers like Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren have started to come down hard on customers who get an allocation for a limited production model only to ‘flip’ them for more money after taking delivery. Ford even went as far as making GT customers sign a form stating that they would keep it for a number of years before being able to sell.
McLaren will no doubt be unimpressed with this particular customer, and could likely ban them from buying further cars from the brand.
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At the time of writing no price is listed on the Senna ad, with those interested able to enquire by phone or email. We can only expect that it will fetch a significant premium over the $1.6-million base price.
At least one McLaren Senna already exists in Australia; a grey version spotted gracing the roads of Melbourne. More are rumoured to be on their way in 2019.