But would Woking ever put a roof over its head?
The new Elva, to our eye, is one of the best-looking vehicles that McLaren has done yet. And a big part of its appeal, of course, is its intriguingly unusual and complete lack of a roof – or, for that matter, a windshield (even if one can be optioned). But how would it look with a roof over its head?
Leave that to the army of rendering artists on Behance to sort out for us. Like the prolific Nikita Aksyonov, who worked up these images of the new Ultimate Series McLaren with a lid.
So envisioned, we think the McLaren Elva still looks pretty damn sweet, and would surely be more usable, independent of the weather on whose good graces the speedster's use relies so completely. But then "usability" isn't the point of a vehicle like the Elva. The elite clientele who'd be buying a seven-figure hypercar from Woking's flagship series would likely get a Speedtail (or a McLaren GT) for grand-touring, and save the Elva for sunny days at the track. And we'd bet a fair few will do exactly that (if they haven't already).
Still, the idea of turning an open-top sports car into a coupe (as opposed to the more usual other-way-around), however infrequent, wouldn't be entirely unprecedented. Ferrari did just that recently in revealing the Roma coupe, for example, based on the Portofino convertible. The Porsche Cayman only followed after the Boxster. The Dodge Viper was a roadster before it was ever offered as a coupe. And the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series was based on a roadster but fitted with a fixed roof. Of course none of that means McLaren will do the same, but at least we know it'd look pretty good if it did.