The production run of the McLaren Elva has been reduced from the original 399 units.
Not many people will get to experience the McLaren Elva. When the stunning speedster was unveiled last year, McLaren announced it will only build 399 examples, each costing an eye-watering $1.83 million. However, sources are claiming that the McLaren Elva will be even rarer than we thought, as production will reportedly be limited to 249 units - that's nearly half of the originally-planned production run. This likely has wealthy collectors salivating.
Don't think, however, that McLaren is struggling to sell the Elva, despite its $1.83 million price tag. Instead, sources suggest the production run has been reduced for "type-approval reasons" since automakers face emissions exemptions or penalties depending on the number of cars sold.
The McLaren Elva is a limited-edition speedster designed as a tribute to Bruce McLaren's 1960s race cars, although customers can add a windshield if they desire. Essentially, it's McLaren's answer to the Ferrari SP1 and SP2. Aston Martin is also joining the retro-inspired speedster club with the upcoming V12 Speedster.
Powering the Elva is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 producing 803 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This setup allows the speedster to rocket from 0-62 mph in less than three seconds and 0-124 mph in 6.7 seconds, which is even faster than the McLaren Senna.
If you want your Elva to closely resemble the original race cars that inspired it, McLaren Special Operations is also offering some retro appearance packages. The black Elva M1A by MSO is inspired by Bruce McLaren's M1A race car from the 1960s, while the McLaren Elva by MSO pays homage to the orange M6A Can-Am racecar that won the 1967 Canadian-American Challenge Cup.
Deliveries for the McLaren Elva are scheduled to start at the end of 2020. With the number of allocations nearly halved, it seems destined to become a future collector's car.