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McLaren Elva

Pared back, honed and highly advanced

2021 McLaren Elva (Ultimate Guide)

Years: 2020 – Present / Engine: 4.0 L M840TR twin-turbocharged V8 / Power: 804 hp / Torque: 590 lb/ft / Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch / Body style: 2-door speedster / Layout: Rear mid-engine, RWD

A car created to deliver nothing but the purest possible driving experience. Uncompromized pleasure. The McLaren Elva is born to heighten every sense and build the closest connection between driver, car and the elements. Impossibly light. Intoxicatingly powerful. Very agile.

The McLaren Elva is the roofless supercar that dreams are made of. The Elva is joining the P1, Senna, and Speedtail at the top of the McLaren lineup and it looks absolutely amazing. Recently some new information came out about one of the best sunny weather cars in the world. 

According to Evo, the McLaren factory will build 399 Elvas after the last Speedtail has left the facility. Each of those cars will come with a £1.4million ($1.9 million) starting price, which means most will cost more than that with options and customizations. That means production won’t begin until late 2020 or early 2021.

McLaren will fit a permanently fixed windscreen where legislation or the customer requires it, but all other cars will be built without a windscreen for a true open cockpit feeling. Your face, however, won’t get slapped by wind thanks to McLaren’s Active Air Management system. It’s essentially an active aero system that creates an air bubble around the cockpit keeping you from having your face ripped off by the wind.

The Elva gets the Senna GTR’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with a new exhaust system for the proper auditory experience. McLaren calls it the Nirvana system, but they probably should have named it eargasmic. All told, the engine makes 804 hp, which is up from the Senna’s 789 hp. The car also gets a cross-linked hydraulic suspension system, carbon-ceramic brakes with titanium calipers, and a feather-light curb weight. McLaren didn’t say what it was but the company claims it will be the lightest McLaren road car.

What really sets this car apart though is its design. The Elva moves the McLaren design language forward. The design team was able to borrow elements from F1 racing and had plenty of room to play with the vehicle due to the fact that there are no windows. The sides feature a hidden intake tunnel that was first used on the P1.

Inside the cabin are some new touches, including a free-standing HMI screen and an instrument pod and center console that are extremely unique. The car also features a storage space for two full-face helmets that McLaren is selling with the car. The Elva is an innovative and interesting car and we can’t wait to see more information about it.