McLaren announced today it will begin production of the “windshield version” of its McLaren Elva roadster. As you can probably tell, this version of the Elva uses a traditional windshield instead of the funky active air management system found on the original version. It looks a whole lot better with the real glass up front, if we’re being honest.
The British supercar maker says the windshield version of the Elva was designed for customers who prefer having a real screen in front of them, and to meet legal requirements for some states in the U.S. (some states require new cars to have windshield wipers, for instance). In addition to the wipers, McLaren has also added washer jets, sun visors, and a heated element in the glass.
The collection of new parts has added 44 pounds to the 2866-pound dry weight of the original car. With an 804-hp twin-turbo V-8 and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox behind the cabin, we suspect drivers won’t feel much of a difference. The 0-62 sprint still happens in a claimed 2.8 seconds, while 0-124 happens in just 6.8 seconds. Hardcore performance analysts will be pleased to know vehicle stiffness and overall performance are unchanged versus the windshield-less car. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.