Cars without a roof at all: Speedsters


McLaren Elva

Although speedster Elva was announced in November, the journalists began to let him in only recently and very selectively. No wonder – will build only 399 of these cars, and the price of each of them will exceed the mark of 1.7 million euros (118.8 million rubles). In fact, Elva is “roofless” McLaren Senna, all the sophisticated aerodynamics disguised in the body contours and included in the Air Active Management System (AAMS) – including the retractable deflector, cutting off the flow of air from the faces of passengers. The engine is a traditional for the latest McLaren 4-liter V8, which in the case of the Elva develops 815 horsepower. With it, the speedster reaches the first hundred kilometers per hour in less than 3 seconds, and the second in 6.7.

Ferrari Monza SP

If on the stages of Formula 1, cars McLaren and Ferrari now play in different weight categories (but McLaren is slowly catching up, that can not but rejoice), in the market of supercars fight is equal. And Monza SP is exactly the car that will make life difficult for Elva. Since Monza SP uses 812 Superfast model as a base, it has traditional for speedsters and barquets front-engine scheme. Thus, acceleration up to 200 km/h in Monza takes 7,9 seconds. The model’s production run will be slightly larger than that of the McLaren (499 copies against 399), but the price is also lower – $1.7 million (106.8 million rubles).

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

If the prototype of Aston Martin CC100 became DBR1 model, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, the source of inspiration for SLR McLaren Stirling Moss became Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR – the winner of races Tourist Trophy, Targa Florio and Mille Miglia. The car was driven by such great drivers as Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, and it was in honor of the latter that a special SLR series was named. Only 75 such speedsters were built, which got carbon fiber bodies and 660-horsepower 5.4-liter V8s with mechanical superchargers. Mercedes-Benz claims the SLR Stirling Moss can reach 350 kilometers per hour. Interestingly, the Stirling Moss version was only sold to those who already had an SLR.

Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta

But the cost of the Project 7 is mere trifles against the price of the Zonda HP Barchetta: each of the three copies of the Italian supercar costs about $15 million (942.6 million rubles), with one Barchetta owned by company founder Horatio Pagani. The HP Barchetta version was prepared for the 60th anniversary of Signor Pagani and is notable not only for the short windscreen and lack of a roof, but also for the 800 horsepower 7.3-liter V12, which is paired to a six-speed manual transmission. The body structure uses the innovative Carbo-Triax HP52 material, which provides lightness and rigidity, so the open-top Zonda can accelerate up to 350 kilometers per hour.

Morgan 3-Wheeler

The present 3-Wheeler is a remake of the century-old model, but already with modern components: there is V-twin engine from Harley Davidson and five-speed manual gearbox from Mazda MX-5… Even heated seats are available – as an option. In some countries (for example, the USA), the 3-Wheeler is certified not as a car, but as a motorcycle, but it would be a crime not to add it to this list – how many cars can drift with only rear wheel? Prices for this “roofless” pleasure in the UK start at 39.5 thousand pounds, the equivalent of 3.25 million rubles.

Lotus 3-Eleven

All modern speedsters are heirs in one way or another to the racing cars of the middle of the last century. But if the heirs of racing Mercedeses and McLarens are doomed to be the objects of collecting and to stay idle in garages for months, then cars like Lotus 3-Eleven are still ready to live for days on race tracks. The 3-Eleven is the company’s most ultimatum car to date: weighing in at 925 kilograms, it is armed with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 416 horsepower. However, maximum speed of the 3-Eleven is immodest – 290 km/h – its true elements are curves. Something prompts that even Evija will not feel itself so comfortably on bends.

Porsche 911 Speedster

…Unlike the Porsche Speedster. On the one hand, it’s great that both the Speedster and Targa now have a fully automated roof, but on the other hand, a certain amount of romance is missing. Therefore, 911 Speedster is here so, for a tick, because of the sound name. It is a pity, that Porsche has not issued a small number of Boxster Bergspyder – there would be demand. Even if it would have been sold for three hundred euros.

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