Think the Senna was extreme? Just wait.
The new model that McLaren was scheduled to reveal at the canceled 2020 Geneva Motor Show should soon be making its first official appearance. A few months ago, we learned that the UK supercar brand's next debut, previously codenamed BC-03, will be called Sabre. Part of the Ultimate Series, the Sabre is expected to essentially be a McLaren Senna GTR LM with a hybrid powertrain with styling inspired by the McLaren Vision GT concept created for the Gran Turismo video game.
Renderings published a while back also show, more or less, what the final vehicle will look like. Today, however, the Sabre has been spotted in what could be production-ready form in California.
The images you're looking at show a track car with some serious and extreme aero, such as a large front splitter with ducts on each side and, of course, that massive rear wing. There are even split windows similar to those found on the GTR. We also really like the shark fin, center exhaust, aggressive rear diffuser, and eight air inlets on the rear deck.
Power is expected to come from the Senna's twin-turbo V8 that's good for 800 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. However, this is a hybrid here and that means hybrid assist. The combined output is expected to hit 1,150 hp and 944 lb-ft. If these figures prove accurate, the Sabre will be the most powerful McLaren ever built.
The interior is also said to be very similar to that of the Senna GTR, with items like full carbon bucket seats, race-inspired steering wheel, and a fully digital instrument cluster. A mere 15 units are planned, each costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.5 million.
McLaren has run into some troubling financial issues lately brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. As such, additional Ultimate Series models have likely been delayed until at least 2024. The McLaren Sabre project, fortunately, was already completed when the pandemic struck. A full and official reveal should be happening in the very near future.