While it’s likely always a blast to be a billionaire, it must be especially fun as of late with the wide variety of ultra-fast million-dollar hypercars available like the McLaren Elva. One of the latest trends in this section of the market has been windscreen-less hypercars with as little as a single seat. While these cars are ideal for a quiet rode with no traffic throwing up road debris, they’re quite limited if you want to use them in the real world.
McLaren’s latest addition to its lineup finds a simple, yet elegant solution for the problem, adding a windscreen. However, as Motor1 reports, the windscreen is her for more than just a nice driving experience.
How much does the McLaren Elva cost?
Before diving into this latest version of the McLaren Elva and what it means for the brand, let’s go over. how much this model costs in the first place. According to KBB, the standard speedster model carried a base price of $1,690,000. For this you get a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 pushing out 804 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The key figure here is the car’s weight which sits at just 2,900 lb.
A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends all of that power to the rear wheels exclusively. This allows the Elva to reach 60 mph in less than three seconds. Additionally, it can even reach 124 mph in 6.7 seconds.
Once you consider these performance figures, the need for a windscreen becomes more than just a safety concern. Accelerating this quickly with the wind blowing on your face cannot be an enjoyable experience. On top of that, if you don’t want to wear a helmet every time you drive your car, a windscreen is the best way to go.
Why is this ultra-rare model getting a windscreen?
While giving the McLaren Elva a windscreen is bound to improve the overall driving experience massively, there’s another good reason to add it. As Motor1 points out, the British carmaker planned to build 399 examples of its roadster at the aforementioned base price of $1.7 million. However, filling those orders proved much harder than anticipated. In fact, Motor1 reports that the original run was downsized to 249 and then to 149 units.
As you might imagine, legalizing a vehicle with no windscreen is likely significantly harder than we can imagine. As a result, adding this vital component will likely allow the British carmaker to offer the Elva in other markets and potentially boost sales. Additionally, the windshield really brings out the Elva’s good looks, easily beating out the original model.
Is this version of the McLaren Elva slower?
As you might imagine, giving the McLaren Elva a new windscreen comes with an added weight penalty. However, as Motor1 reports, it’s surprisingly small. In fact, the addition this major component adds just 44 pounds in total. The British carmaker achieved this by removing the car’s Active Air Management System and rear glass. As a result, we should expect to see similar performance figures for this model.
According to Motor1, the carmaker is targeting a 0-60 mph run of 2.8 seconds and a run to 124 mph of 6.8 seconds. Regardless of the performance, this might be the best version of the Elva the world’s billionaires have been waiting for.