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Can't Buy A McLaren Senna? Here Are Some Cheaper Alternatives

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Even if you can afford it, the Senna is sold out. Here are some affordable alternatives.

The McLaren Senna is a hugely impressive car, with an even more impressive price tag. McLaren will only build 500 units of the Senna, and the last one was sold off for $2.62 million dollars as part of a charity event. Even if you did have the roughly $1 million that it took to buy one new, the Senna will be nearly impossible to buy now. So what if you still want to buy a limited edition supercar that is wickedly fast on the track? Even if you are just "very" wealthy, we want to help you feel like you are vastly wealthy with five cheaper Senna alternatives.

Lamborghini Gallardo Supperleggera

Unfortunately, most of the cars on this list can't match the Senna on performance, but we chose cars that were fast, rare, and track-ready. Our first choice has something that the Senna does not, a manual transmission. Lamborghini introduced the Gallardo Supperleggera back in 2008 as a lightweight, track-ready version of its entry-level supercar. Most examples had the E-Gear transmission, but some of these cars were fitted with the optional six-speed gated-manual. We managed to find one for less than $190,000 at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The car also has a twin-turbo kit and now produces 1,800 hp, so it may be able to beat the Senna in a straight line.

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Ferrari 430 Scuderia

The next car is another lightweight, track-ready version of a mid-engined supercar. Ferrari always introduces a track version of its cars near the end of their product life cycle. The 430 Scuderia was the hardcore version of the F430. The car was powered by a 4.3-liter V8 engine with 503 hp. Even though it only came with a dated F1 semi-automatic transmission, the car was extremely light with a curb weight of under 3,000 pounds. Special edition Ferrari models typically skyrocket in value, but this one can be purchased for less than $200,000 today.

McLaren 650S

The Senna may be the latest and greatest McLaren model on the market, but its doesn't make the old cars completely obsolete. It may not be as special as the Senna, but the McLaren 650S is by no means a slow, outdated car. Prices of the 650S have fallen under the $200,000 mark, which makes it a great value. It is possible to find either a coupe or a Spider for this price. Both cars are powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 641 hp, so unless your neighbor is a billionaire who got a Senna allocation, your car will probably be faster than theirs.

Spyker C8

Our list so far has focused mostly on track performance, but many people who buy the Senna are doing so just because it is a rare collector's item. Our next alternative is the Spyker C8. This was a supercar from a small Dutch manufacturer that many people haven't even heard of. Prices range from around $250,000 to $350,000, and power comes from a 4.2-liter 400 hp V8 from Audi. The Spyker won't come close to the McLaren on performance, but we much prefer the C8's looks and stunning interior to the Senna's functional design.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Our final car may be the most "pedestrian" but that doesn't mean that it isn't special. Every dentist and stock broker in the world may drive a Porsche 911, but few step up to the hardcore GT3 RS model. When the latest 991.1 GT3 RS first came out, people were asking for way more than the car's $175,000 base price. The car's price is still slightly inflated, but you can now buy one for around $200,000. Aside from the GT2 RS, which will be almost impossible to buy, the GT3 RS is the ultimate 911 that money can buy.