S$5.5 million McLaren Elva drops into Singapore

McLaren’s limited edition Elva roadster arrives in Singapore for a special preview, carrying a hefty price tag along with it


McLaren’s Elva roadster, a special limited edition model that’s part of the brand’s top-rung Ultimate Series range alongside the Senna and Speedtail, made its debut in Singapore at an event held at the Esplanade on 6 May. 

The Elva will be restricted to a production run of just 149 units globally, and will be offered to customers on a first-come-first-served basis. Singaporean punters who are interested should be ready to set aside around S$5.5 million, for that is what the car is expected to cost here, without including a Certificate of Entitlement (COE).

McLaren says though that each individual Elva will be produced through their McLaren Special Operations (MSO) programme, making each unit effectively bespoke, and as such the final transaction price might vary significantly, depending on the customer’s specifications.

The Elva comes without a roof and a windscreen in its default guise, but the car is completely road legal. Singaporean buyers who wish to take their Elva out on the roads here would have to get McLaren to fit a windscreen at the factory in order to comply with local regulations.

Power comes from a a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces a colossal 815hp and 800Nm of torque, enabling the car to rocket from 0-100km/h in under three seconds. In windscreen-less guise, the car also features what McLaren calls an Active Air Management System, which helps to create a virtual canopy over the cockpit.

From left to right: McLaren 720S Le Mans, McLaren Elva, McLaren 620R

The display car at the event was finished in the iconic Gulf Oil livery colours that featured on McLaren’s race cars during the 1960s and 70s. Alongside the Elva, McLaren also displayed the 720S Le Mans and 620R limited run sports cars, with both being nods to McLaren’s sporting heritage. Just 50 units of the 720S Le Mans and 225 units of the 620R will be made, of which one of each will be allocated to Singapore.

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