The McLaren Senna is barely out, but it’s already getting a new special edition. McLaren Special Operations (MSO) revealed images of the Senna Carbon Theme ahead of the car’s Geneva motor show debut, and as the name suggests this version of the new supercar shows off its carbon fiber weave, with solar yellow accents throughout. On the inside, this special-edition Senna, one of five bespoke themes that McLaren will eventually offer, features Carbon Black alcantara trim on the seats and door cards. Meanwhile, the steering wheel features a leather band in a similar yellow color.
Along with a Senna Carbon Theme, Mclaren will also introduce a new, seven-spoke, Hybrid Carbon Fiber wheel design, making it the second available wheel for this model. The new wheel pairs forged aluminum with carbon fiber elements, scoring a 10 percent reduction in wheel weight compared to the standard wheel offered for the car, in addition to a 10 to 15 percent reduction in rotating inertia.
“Both seats feature a Senna ‘S’ on the headrest and the same detail is repeated in satin finish Visual Carbon Fibre on the end plates of the rear wing, a result achieved using a highly specialised process that sees each matt-finished logo embedded into the gloss carbon fiber panel,” Mclaren says. “One of the front fenders proudly displays the Senna brand.”
What won’t change is the total number of cars that McLaren plans to produce; the supercar maker will build just 500 examples of the McLaren Senna, with each car costing about $1.03 million. The custom additions to the Carbon Theme cars, meanwhile, will add about $413,000 to the price of each car, making it one of the more expensive factory options out there that doesn’t include powertrain modifications. The performance level will remain the same, with the Senna using a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 paired with a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission to produce 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.
The McLaren Senna Carbon Theme will still wear some paint.
“The McLaren Senna customers in the process of specifying their own, personalized cars are almost without exception commissioning an elevated level of MSO content, so we are definitely appealing to our target audience,” said Ansar Ali, managing director of McLaren Special Operations. “With the car having generated so much interest since its unveiling in December, we knew we needed to produce something very special in order to showcase the unique talents of McLaren Special Operations; the McLaren Senna Carbon Theme by MSO at the Geneva motor show is exactly the kind of project we thrive on delivering, and once customers have had the opportunity to view it in person, I would not be at all surprised to see a rise in expressions of interest for MSO Visual Carbon Fibre cars similar to this one.”
We’ll see the Senna Carbon Theme in the fiber at the Geneva motor show in a matter of days, and we have a feeling that this won’t be the only McLaren offering to show off its carbon-fiber weave. This means that (if you have the means) stay tuned for more McLaren cars wearing as little paint as possible, but with higher price tags.