Cars AMG vs McLaren

Published on July 25th, 2020 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


McLaren Senna GTR vs Mercedes AMG GT Black

Which would you buy if dreams are for free?

Recently two very exclusive supercars were launched with a lot of social media fanfare. The first was the McLaren Senna GTR with a limited number of just 75 cars and at an astounding asking price of RM7,412,000.00. This car accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 2.5 seconds. 

Then came the rather exclusive Mercedes AMG GT Black which is priced at a reasonable RM1,665,652.00 and this special AMG car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Both are track focused cars with motorsports pedigree behind them and carry cabin appointments that are almost similar. The McLaren Senna GTR has a more intimidating look simply because you will not see one on the road as often as the Mercedes AMG GT Black but the price difference allows you to buy the AMG GT Black and a few other very exclusive supercars and let’s add in a luxury SUV for the shopping days. 

The McLaren Senna GTR buyer probably has all the other supercars in his garage and a few luxury SUV’s for good measure. 

Here below is the Press Release for both supercars for your attention to decide which to buy.  

McLaren Senna GTR_rear

McLaren Senna GTR

  • McLaren Automotive’s most extreme track car yet revealed in final form 
  • Evolution of 2018 McLaren Senna GTR Concept takes acknowledged McLaren Senna dynamism into new realms of performance as the quickest track McLaren outside of Formula 1
  • Faster, lighter, more powerful and race-bred with focus on accessibility for drivers of all abilities with a 0-60mph time of just 2.5 seconds.
  • 825PS from 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged McLaren V8; lightest dry weight of 1,188kg gives power-to-weight ratio of 694PS-per tonne
  • Same levels of downforce as the McLaren Senna, but at 15% lower speeds; peak downforce exceeds 1,000kg
  • Newest and most exclusive member of McLaren’s Ultimate Series; 75 cars only, all sold

List Price Was 1,492,000 Euro (RM7,412,836.00)

Current Market Selling Price Is 1,740,000 Euro

McLaren Senna GTR_2020

McLaren Automotive’s most track-focused Ultimate Series car has evolved in key areas to deliver on its promise of immense power and accessible handling with the aerodynamics and chassis of a thoroughbred racer. The result is a machine able to lap circuits faster than any McLaren outside Formula 1, providing its owners, of all abilities, with an unparalleled track driving experience.

The McLaren Senna GTR takes the road-legal McLaren Senna – already the lightest, most powerful and track-focused but road-legal car that McLaren builds – several steps further into the realm of ultimate performance. Without the constraints of road or racing regulations, the new Ultimate Series car is more powerful, weighs less, boasts an incredible 1,000kg plus of aerodynamic downforce and uses suspension derived from McLaren’s GT3 race programme.

McLaren Senna GTR_on track

Just 75 McLaren Senna GTRs will be built to customer order at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, UK. Priced from £1.1 million plus taxes, all cars were allocated to owners within weeks of the order book opening following the McLaren Senna GTR Concept debuting at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.

The McLaren Senna GTR is powered by the most extreme version yet of McLaren’s 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine. The M840TR unit, with electronically controlled twin-scroll turbochargers, produces 825PS (814bhp) with 800Nm (590lb ft) of torque. 

With 825PS and a lightest dry weight of 1,188kg, the 694PS-per tonne power-to-weight ratio of the McLaren Senna GTR comfortably exceeds not only that of ‘regular’ McLaren Senna, but every other McLaren Automotive car for road or track currently in production.

McLaren Senna GTR_side

Three powertrain modes are available to the McLaren Senna GTR driver:  Wet, Track and Race. The new Wet setting, which provides greater support from the ESP and ABS electronic systems, is particularly intended for use with wet tyres. The transmission, which includes a Launch Control function, is the same, acclaimed 7-speed plus reverse Seamless Shift Gearbox (SSG) that features in the road-legal McLaren Senna.


Mercedes-AMG, The Black Series

  • Most powerful V8 series engine from Mercedes-AMG
  • Delivers 730 hp at 6700-6900 rpm with a maximum torque of 800 Nm at 2000-6000 rpm
  • The two-door vehicle shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds
  • Using a V8 biturbo motor with dry sump lubrication, identification code M178 LS2
  • Lightweight carbon-fibre roof, carbon-fibre tailgate and larger rear windscreen made from lightweight thin glass, are all key components of the ‘intelligent material mix’ and ‘lightweight construction’
  • A downforce level of well over 400 kilograms at 250 km/h

List Price is 335,240 Euro

Current Market Selling Price Remains At 335,250 Euro (RM1,666,652.00)

AMG GT Black Series
Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, 2020

The AMG GT Black Series represents a new highlight in this tradition: It is the most powerful Mercedes-AMG with a V8 series engine.

The design of a V8 engine gives designers plenty of room to play with in one key element: the crank arrangement on the crankshaft. This influences the characteristics of the engine. There are usually two variants in V8 engines: the ‘cross plane’ where the crankpins of the four pairs of cylinders are at 90-degree angles to each other, which AMG has used in all previous V8 engines, or the ‘flat crankshaft’, where all crankpins are on the same plane with a 180-degree offset (‘flat plane’).

If you look at the front of a cross-plane crankshaft, you will be able to identify the cross that gives it its name. The benefits of these crankshafts are superb smoothness and high torque at low rotational speeds. The characteristic sound is another hallmark feature of the cross-plane V8 engine. In order to make optimal use of the displacement and therefore the performance potential in the case of the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine, the AMG engineers have essentially moved the exhaust side into the hot internal V of the two cylinder banks in the V8 engine.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series
Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series

The new GT Black Series engine may be based on the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with dry sump lubrication, but it has been given the new internal code M178 LS2 due to the numerous modifications. It achieves 537 kW (730 hp) at 6700-6900 rpm and delivers a maximum torque of 800 Nm at 2000-6000 rpm. New camshafts and exhaust manifolds are adapted to the new firing order and further improve the gas cycle.

Both twin scroll exhaust turbochargers are mounted in anti-friction bearings, as in the top-of-the-range four-door AMG GT Coupé, which optimises their throttle response even further. However, in the Black Series, the turbochargers have been given a larger compressor wheel, meaning that both can deliver a total of 1100 kg air per hour. By way of comparison: The figure is 900 kg/h for the AMG GT R. 7000 rpm is not critical as a continuous speed, the speed is limited at 7200 rpm. And the larger intercoolers guarantee that they always keep the charge-air temperature within the best possible range. The unique standing of the new engine is also reflected in the engine badge, which is kept in black.

AMG GT Black Series_2020

0-200 km/h in under nine seconds

What does the engine do for the AMG GT Black Series? It gives it a completely independent character, which is not only reflected in the type of power delivery, but also in its very particular sound pattern. And it enables highly impressive driving performance: The two-door vehicle shoots from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, and to 200 km/h in under nine seconds. The top speed is 325 km/h.

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