The good news is that we now have more details about the new McLaren Senna, set to make its public debut at the 88th Geneva Motor Show on March 6; the bad news is it doesn't matter how exciting those details are to a potential buyer because you can't buy one now, even if you can afford it. And that's because the entire production run of just 500 hand-built units is already allocated to customers.
That said, the technical details of this no-compromise hypercar are awe-inspiring. First of all, the engine powering this beast is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that develops 789 bhp and 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque. That means it's the most powerful engine McLaren has ever put in one of its road cars, and it also has the ability to generate 800 kg (1,763.7 pounds) of downforce for a car weighing just 1,198 kg (2,641 pounds).
Performance is obviously a main aspect of this car: the McLaren Senna gets from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.8 seconds, and from there it goes on to a top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph).
Mike Flewitt, the Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive, explains, "The McLaren Senna is a car like no other: the personification of McLaren's motorsport DNA, legalised for road use but designed and developed from the outset to excel on a circuit. Every element of this new Ultimate Series McLaren has an uncompromised performance focus, honed to ensure the purest possible connection between driver and machine and deliver the ultimate track driving experience in the way that only a McLaren can."
If you are one of those lucky enough to have been allocated one of the 500 units you will be paying £750,000 (850,000 euros or $1.04 million at current exchange rates) for your new car when it's eventually built. The last of the 500 slots was reserved for the winner of a charity auction held last December, and that one went for £2 million, a sum that was donated to the Ayrton Senna Institute, which is a non-profit organization providing education for unprivileged children and youngsters in Brazil.