Renault and Mercedes Debut new 1.3-liter Engine!

Automotive partnerships come in many forms. In the case of Renault and Mercedes, we see that partnership come to life in the form of a newly developed 1.3-liter gasoline engine. The new engine is expected to debut in the Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs before other Renault models get their turn with it sometime in 2018.

"There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future"

The new four-cylinder engine comes to life just in time for both automakers. Renault is getting the first crack at it since the engine is going to debut in the Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs. There is a chance too that Mercedes will also make use of the engine at some point in the future. It did play a hand in developing it, and its capabilities are in sync with what the German automaker plans to offer with its new A-Class.

Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations. The base unit is called the Energy TCe 115, and it has 115 horsepower and around 162 pound-feet of torque. Move up the ranks, and we get the Energy TCe 160. As the number implies, this version has an output of 160 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque when hooked up to a manual transmission. The range-topping version of this engine unit is called the EDC. It still has the same horsepower output as the TCe 160, but it does get an extra eight pound-feet in torque that brings its total up to 200 pound-feet.

"Speaking of its capabilities, the engine, called Energy TCe, will come in three different configurations"

As much as Renault and Mercedes worked on this engine, the former’s connection with Nissan also played a role in the engine’s development. According to Renault, the cylinder coating technology used on the three-in-one TCe engine was first used on the Nissan GT-R. Apparently, this tech helps boost the engine’s efficiency by cutting down friction within the mill. On top of that, the four-cylinder engine also features Dual Variable Timing Camshaft, a system that helps improve the car’s low-end torque capabilities.

References

Renault Scenic

Read our full review on the 2017 Renault Grand Scenic.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class

Read our full speculative review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class

Read our full speculative review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

Read more CES news.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class

Read our full speculative review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

Read more CES news.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class

Read our full speculative review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

Read more CES news.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

References

Mercedes A-Class

Read our full speculative review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

Read more CES news.

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Saleen S1

Quarter mile in 11.3 seconds

Established in 1983, Saleen quickly became one of America’s most renowned Ford Mustang tuners. Already a highly praised company in the 1990s, Saleen became a full-fledged automaker by launching the S7 in 2000. One of the first hand-built American supercars, the S7 went on to become a legend and survived for no fewer than nine years on the market. Once it discontinued the S7, Saleen went back to modifying muscle cars, providing upgrades not only for the Mustang but for the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger (and even the Tesla Model S) too. But it seems that Saleen is now ready to launch its second original design. It’s called the S1, and it was introduced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The small sports car is a surprising appearance. Not only it came out of nowhere, but it also arrived at a time when Saleen barely emerged from years of struggling with financial difficulties. And the California-based firm has big plans with the S1, hoping to sell more than 1,500 units a year in the U.S. alone. The two-door is also built from scratch by the American company, which is a big feat given that Saleen was almost bankrupt a few years ago. But it’s worth mentioning that Saleen isn’t alone in this project. The S1 is actually made by Jiangsu Saleen Automotive Technologies Group, a company based in China that is building a billion-dollar manufacturing facility in the country.

Saleen also revealed that the S1 project began a few years ago when the firm purchased the tooling for the Artega GT, a German sports car designed by Henrik Fisker in the late 2000s. Launched in 2009, the GT was short-lived, being discontinued when Artega went bankrupt in 2012. However, the S1 isn’t based on the GT. Saleen found that an update wasn’t feasible and designed a new coupe from scratch.

Continue reading to find out more about the Saleen S1.

Exterior

  • Compact, modern design
  • Artega GT-inspired mid-section?
  • Unique headlamps
  • Aggressive rear end
  • Race-inspired rear diffuser
  • Bubble-top roof
    "It’s a fresh take on the sports car concept"

The S1 was designed to correspond to modern sports car standard. It’s compact, it has short overhangs, a low-slung stance, and flowing, organic lines. It has loads of design features that make it look unique and I must say it’s a fresh take on the sports car concept. The front fascia is clean and simple, but the triangular headlamps with the C-shaped daytime running lights and the stacked, rectangular LED units give it an exotic look. The big vent in the hood and the smaller cooling outlets mounted atop the wheel arches add more race-specific character to the design. The bumper is not overly aggressive and doesn’t include the usual large splitter, but the wide intakes with three fins toward the sides look very cool.

"The rear reminds me of the early 1990s Porsche 911, but the S1 is decidedly more modern to look at"

Onto the sides, we can see more of those traditional compact sports car features, such as the short front hood, the short overhangs, and the sloping roof. Interestingly enough, the S1 is similar to the Artega GT in the middle section. The door and quarter window have a similar shape, as does the outlet on the rear fender. They’re far from identical, but when these details stand out when compared side-to-side. The rear haunches are also somewhat similar. But that’s not a bad thing, as these seemingly borrowed cues work well with Saleen’s new design.

The rear end is fresh and unique. The fascia itself is very narrow, as is the red stripe that incorporates the taillights. Above there’s a large spoiler, while the bumper below has a massive grille in the middle, a race-inspired diffuser, and a couple of center-mounted tailpipes. It reminds me a bit of the early 1990s Porsche 911, but the S1 is decidedly more modern to look at. Another interesting feature is the wide recess that runs across the center section of the roof, giving the car a bubble-top-like design.

Interior

  • Simple, clean layout
  • Clutter-free center stack
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Two-tone upholstery
  • Sporty seats
"Everything looks crisp and simple as Saleen aimed for a clutter-free layout"

The interior mirrors the outer shell in terms of design. Everything looks crisp and simple and it’s pretty obvious that Saleen aimed for a clutter-free layout. The instrument cluster has a sporty hood with angular lines onto the sides and it appears to include a larger digital display. The steering wheel in front of it looks simple too, with no buttons and switches whatsoever. It might be just a prototype though, as it doesn’t even include the usual badge at the center. The center stack is made of a thin and sleek A/C vent and an equally narrow control unit with four knobs. There’s no infotainment screen in sight, but it could be hidden behind that lid in the lower center stack.

The door panels are simple but elegant, with the white center sections making it seem as if the dashboard extends onto the sides. The seats aren’t as aggressive as in a race car, but they do have firm side bolsters and should provide plenty of lateral support for spirited driving. The headrests are integrated into the seat design, providing a motorsport-inspired look. The black-and-white upholstery is a nice touch, but Saleen should provide more color options. Unfortunately there isn’t much information available right now about the technology and options that will be offered.

Drivetrain

  • Mid-mounted engine
  • Twin-turbo, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • 450 horsepower
  • 360 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed at 180 mph
  • Rear-biased weight distribution
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Continental tires
  • Quarter mile in 11.3 seconds
  • 2,685-pound curb weight
"Saleen went with a six-speed manual transmission in a market that turned almost entirely to automatics"

The Saleen S1 is powered by a mid-mounted, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The twin-turbo cranks out an impressive 450 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and Saleen claims it was built in-house. Surprisingly enough, Saleen went with a six-speed manual transmission in a market that turned almost entirely to automatics.

On top of being powerful, the S1 is light too. While the tub is made from aluminum, the body panels are carbon-fiber, which results in a curb weight of only 2,685 pounds. As a result, it needs only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph and 11.3 seconds to cover the quarter mile. The top speed is rated at 180 mph.

"The coupe tips the scales at only 2,685 pounds"

Weight distribution is biased toward the back, with 58 percent carried by the rear axle. This gives the rear-wheel-drive sports car more traction and more assistance to the front when braking. Speaking of which, the wheels are wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires for optimum grip.

Although all these facts and figures have yet to be proven in real life, the S1 sounds promising. And if the production model meets all these performance claims, the S1 will become one of the best sports cars in this niche. The fact that a little company that was broke a few years ago built everything from scratch makes it that much more impressive.

Prices

Saleen estimates that the S1 will cost $100,000 before options. That’s a pretty penny for a car that doesn’t have a mainstream badge on its nose, but it’s a good deal given the performance. Assuming that the S1 will live up to the company’s claims that is. Saleen is already taking preorders for the sports car, which requires a $1,000 deposit. Surprisingly low for a brand that needs a bit of cash to get things moving.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in mid-2018. The American brand hopes to sell at least 1,500 units a year in the U.S., a similar amount in Europe, and significantly more in China. That’s at least 5,000 examples a year globally, which is quite a big goal for a company like Saleen.

Competition

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS

Porsche purists may be offended by this comparison, but if we ignore the 911’s rear-engined layout and the Porsche heritage, the two cars have a lot in common. And they deliver the same amount of power. Motivated by a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six engine, the Carrera GTS comes with 450 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque on tap. It’s also equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard, but unlike the Saleen S1, it’s also offered with a seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK. Performance figures aren’t yet available, but the 911 Carrera GTS should be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in less than 3.7 seconds with the quick-shifting PDK. Top speed is likely to be slightly superior to Saleen’s 180-mph rating. Pricing starts from $120,700, which makes the German sports car a bit more expensive.

Read our full review of the 2017 Porsche 911.

Alpine A110

The Alpine A110 is less powerful, slower, and isn’t available in the United States, but it’s one of the best affordable sports cars that Saleen will have to go against in Europe. Unveiled in 2017 as a tribute to the iconic A110 of the 1960s and 1970s, Alpine first production model in decades has plenty to brag about. First up, it’s design is based on the classic model, making it appealing to neo-retro enthusiasts. The interior is packed with both premium features and modern technology and you can add many options due to the car’s more affordable sticker. Under the hood, it hides a turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine develop with input from Renault’s R.S. division. Although rated at "only" 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the unit is powerful enough to push the French car from 0 to 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds. Granted, that’s almost a second slower than the Saleen, but the A110 is some 300 pounds lighter, which translates into better dynamics and a more exciting experience at the race track. Unfortunately, it’s missing a manual transmission, with the seven-speed dual-clutch being the only option. Pricing starts from nearly €60,000 in Europe, significantly more affordable than what the S1 is expected to cost.

Read our full story on the 2017 Alpine A110.

Conclusion

Needless to say, the Saleen looks great on paper performance-wise and its simple yet modern design inside and out turn it into a proper competitor for the Porsche 911 GTS. It’s quite potent too and the small-displacement, turbocharged engine should make it fuel efficient as well. It looks like a winner in just about every department, but I don’t want to get too excited until I see the first car roll off the assembly line. Saleen has been struggling to survive for quite a few years now and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the S1 become a flop in a few years. Granted, its new joint-venture with the Chinese should bring the necessary funds to the table, but putting a car like the S1 in production is far from easy. I’ve seen bigger automakers struggle with vehicle built from scratch and I’m not yet convinced that Saleen has the means to build one . And even if it does, we won’t know if the S1 will deliver as promised without proper testing. Hopefully we’ll see that Saleen S1 vs. Porsche 911 GTS video soon!

  • Love it
    • Unique, fresh exterior design
    • Simple, sporty interior
    • Powerful drivetrain
    • Quicker than a Porsche 911 GTS?
  • Leave it
    • Not much is known about the technology behind it
    • Will it make into production?

References

Saleen S7

Read our full review on the 2001 Saleen S7.

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PepsiCo Orders Up 100 Semi Trucks from Tesla

Gets Tesla Autopilot and all autonomous features

Add PepsiCo to the growing number of companies that are buying in on Tesla’s new electric truck. The food and beverage giant has reserved 100 units of the electric semis, joining the likes of Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, and Sysco as the first wave of companies that are buying into what the electric car maker is selling. The electric trucks are seen as affordable alternatives to diesel trucks with the range and cargo capacity to compete with its traditional counterparts.

"PepsiCo’s order of 100 trucks is the biggest one to date for Tesla"

PepsiCo’s order of 100 trucks is the biggest one to date for Tesla. It’s a big deal for the EV company to have a company as big as PepsiCo step in and show some confidence in its product. Other companies like Wal-Mart and Anheuser-Busch have placed orders. Fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc and foodservice distribution company Sysco Corp. have done the same too. According to Reuters’ tally, the total number of reservations to date sits at 267 trucks. But that number could also be the tip of the iceberg. It’s possible that Tesla has also taken reservations from other companies and smaller truck operators without publicly announcing it. Other reports even suggest that Tesla has actually taken around 1,200 reservations for its trucks. Regardless of the number, the interest in the product is a good thing for Tesla.

In PepsiCo’s case, the F&B giant indicated that its order of 100 trucks is intended for shipments between manufacturing and distribution facilities and to retailers within the 500-mile range that Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised. There’s a possibility that PepsiCo orders more trucks in the future, but that’s contingent on how successful its trial runs are.

"PepsiCo and all the other companies that placed orders for the trucks still have some waiting to do before taking delivery of the haulers"

For now, PepsiCo and all the other companies that placed orders for the trucks still have some waiting to do before taking delivery of the haulers. Tesla doesn’t expect the electric big rigs to hit production until 2019, and that’s assuming that there are no delays on that front. That, in itself, is a tough ask from Tesla, a company that’s known for production delays.

Still, expect more companies to get in on Tesla’s new semi trucks. Demand is strong at this point, and if the trucks live up to the hype, they can be industry-changing. Reuters is even reporting that after initially asking $5,000 per truck for pre-orders, Tesla has bumped that figure up to around $20,000. That’s a sign that there’s a lot of activity happening on that front.

References

Tesla Semi

Read our full review on the 2019 Tesla Semi.

Read more Tesla news.

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The Cadillac CTS V-Sport Gets a Touch of Morello Red

Cadillac has a new special edition for the CTS V-Sport. It’s called the Morello Red Edition, and it’s loaded with a new appearance package that brings new life to Caddy’s lesser-known sports sedan. As it is, the CTS V-Sport often has to take a back seat to the considerably more potent CTS-V. That’s a reality it has to deal with it. The Morello Red Edition aims to change that, and by accounts of what it has going for it, there’s enough exclusivity in the special edition sedan to flip that narrative, at least if you know where to look.

What makes the Morello Red Package spacial

"Morello Red is actually the highlight of the interior trim package, not the actual color of the car"

The first thing we need to talk about is the name. The Cadillac CTS V-Sport gets the Morello Red Edition name by virtue of the infusion of red to the sedan’s interior. Yes, Morello Red is actually the highlight of the interior trim package, not the actual color of the car. Even more confusing, Cadillac is actually offering the red-trim package on a specific CTS V-Sports, specifically those that feature Black Raven, Phantom Gray Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, and Crystal White Tricoat exterior colors. To be clear, there’s no mention of “red” in any one of those choices. Confused? You’re not alone.

To be fair, Cadillac’s strategy does have some merit to it. There’s something to be said for flipping tradition and using the special edition treatment in the section of the car where owners can really appreciate them when they’re driving. That’s what we have with the CTS V-Sport Morello Red Edition as the interior gets a good amount of exclusive features, including black Recaro seats with red contrast stitching, red armrests on the front and rear doors, and splashes of glossy red carbon fiber trim throughout the cabin.

"The CTS V-Sport Morello Red Edition as the interior gets a good amount of exclusive features, including black Recaro seats with red contrast stitching"

The exterior does get a black chrome-accented grille and a gloss black side window trim. The CTS V-Sport’s base spoiler is also included in the special edition model.

Additionally, CTS V-Sport and CTS V-Sport Premium Luxury versions also get a Performance Exhaust and Engine Cover Package that includes a cutback exhaust system and a red-painted engine cover.

As a whole, the Cadillac CTS V-Sport Morello Red Edition is a different interpretation of what a special edition Caddy should be. Look past the unconventional way Cadillac went about it, and you’ll find enough endearing things about the SE Caddy to justify its status.

References

Cadillac CTS

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS.

Read our full review on the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V.

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500th McLaren Senna Sells for $2.68 Million at Charity Auction

Well, that was quick. Just three days after the big reveal, McLaren announced that it had sold the last copy of the Senna supercar at a surprise auction.

At an annual event for McLaren devotees, guests learned that there was one more copy of the Senna up for grabs. The winning bidder purchased it for £2 million ($2.68 million U.S.) excluding taxes, more than three times the U.K. list price of the other models, according to McLaren. The automaker is only building 500 copies of the track-focused road car.

All the proceeds go toward the Ayrton Senna Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education for underprivileged young people in Brazil. Like McLaren’s new car, the foundation is named in honor of Brazilian racer Ayrton Senna, a three-time F1 World Champion who died in a crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Although he was racing for Williams at the time, he had spent five years on the McLaren team.

Viviane and Bruno Senna, sister and nephew of Ayrton Senna, respectively

The new model packs the most powerful engine ever offered in a McLaren road car. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 makes 789 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque and comes paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. To improve performance, McLaren employed aerodynamic touches to the front splitter, rear double diffuser, and 48-inch tall rear wing that is hydraulically actuated and can serve as an airbrake. The rear clamshell has Gurney flaps in front of stepped louvers to direct air to the sides of the body.

The McLaren Senna boasts a hydraulic suspension setup and a stiff carbon-fiber monocoque to improve cornering. It’s not a successor to the P1, but McLaren lifted functions like variable damping and ride height adjustment tech from its fellow Ultimate Series car, and drivers can choose between Comfort, Sport, Track, and Race modes.




















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