In case you haven’t noticed, speedsters are suddenly all the rage among luxury sports car manufacturers. Over just the past two years Ferrari, Aston Martin, and McLaren have all introduced roofless, windshield-free supercars, resurrecting an iconic mid-century genre in the process. The thing is, the lack of a windshield on speedsters isn’t for everyone — at least those who prefer not to have a face full of bugs and debris while out for a drive. So if you’ve been holding off on buying one of these roofless wonders for that very reason, then McLaren has some good news for you.
McLaren has announced that the Elva will now be available in a Windshield Version, meaning you can have your bugs and not eat them too. The car will be the exact same as the existing Elva, only with a windshield installed — there is still no roof or side windows, and it’s still packing that mid-mounted, 804 hp, twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine. The addition of the windshield adds just 44 lbs to the car’s extremely low weight (the Elva is McLaren’s lightest car ever), and it packs a lot of tech into those 40-and-change pounds. The windshield is heated, includes rain-sensing wipers, and boasts a carbon fiber frame. McLaren hasn’t revealed pricing for the Windshield Version, but you can expect it to be similar to the standard Elva.