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Novitec's McLaren Senna has almost 900 HORSEPOWER

Apparently the standard McLaren Senna is REALLY slow. Who knew?

Published: 16 Apr 2020

The McLaren Senna isn’t really about straight-line performance. But of course it has plenty of it anyway – 789bhp and 590lb ft from the same twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 as the 720S means 0.62mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-124mph in 6.8 seconds and a 208mph top speed. It does not feel slow.

But such facts aren’t enough to make companies like Novitec see sense. For as long as there are cars, no matter how fast or outrageous they are from the factory, there will always be companies willing to add as much speed and power as they can, and owners happy to let them try. No matter the point, cost, or impact on your precious warranty.

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Which is how we’ve ended up here, with another needlessly tuned hypercar. Novitec’s ‘N-Tronic’ module has somehow convinced this Senna’s V8 to pump out another 100bhp and 65lb ft of torque, while an Inconel exhaust system helps it breathe more freely. The result? Erm… 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-124mph in 6.5 seconds – improvements of 0.1 seconds and 0.3 seconds respectively. We defy you to notice that without the help of a stopwatch.

Novitec also offers new wheels, which are admittedly quite smart and come in a choice of 72 colours, and an interior trimmed in pretty much any material/shade that takes your fancy.

Of course it hasn’t revealed how much any of this costs, but if you have to ask...

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