The speedsters have the wind in their sails and the McLaren Elva is overshadowing the Ferrari Monza SP2.
Speedsters are not new, but these discoverables whose design principle is to be as light as possible, which have become more exclusive than really light in recent years, are experiencing a new craze. Thus, after the Porsche 911 Speedster (991) and Ferrari Monza, and in the meantime the new Lister Knobbly and perhaps an Aston Martin of this type, here is the McLaren Elva.
With the Elva, the manufacturer of Woking seems to have remained faithful to the tradition of speedsters as to its own since the car is announced as the lightest road car in its history. Its weight has not yet been announced but should be well under 1,200kg dry. We are far from the 1.520kg dry weight of a Ferrari Monza SP2, the main rival of the English car. It should be said that the latter benefits from a carbon fiber architecture while the chassis of its rival is made of aluminum.
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Two mechanical approaches
In a good speedster, like the Ferrari Monza, the McLaren Elva has no roof, windshield or windows, and has a long fairing as an extension of its headrests. On the engine side, however, everything differs between the two cars except the power level. The Monza is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 front engine with 810 hp, while the Elva is powered by an 815 hp 4L twin-turbo V8 mid-rear engine. In both cases, transmission is to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch transmission. Both cars hit 0-100 km/h in less than 3s, but the Elva takes the lead afterwards with a 0-200 km/h in 6.7s, 1.2s better than the Monza.
These two cars therefore present two different approaches to the very specific philosophy of the speedster. They are both exclusive. The production of the Ferrari Monza is limited to 499 units and the price of the SP2 is set at 1,575,833€ in France. Only 399 McLaren Elva are to leave the factory and the French price of the model is 1.709.244€.