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I touched the seven-figure no-windshield McLaren Elva last night and it was like that scene in Ratatouille where the bad guy tastes food so good he gets transported back to his childhood. This car is like a Hot Wheels toy. One of the dumb ones that looks like a fish or something. Except, in real life, it’s so iconoclastic and absurd that it stands out even among other supercars.

The pick of the litter, for my money (I have no money), is a Koenigsegg One:1, which went for $US4.6 ($7) million and which Koenigsegg was previously extremely mad online about. But there are just so many, including a McLaren P1 ($2 million), a Lamborghini Veneno ($12 million), an Aston Martin One-77 ($2 million), a Ferrari Enzo ($5 million), and a Porsche 918 Spyder ($2 million.)

Supercars are designed for a very specific type of customer. Picture someone undoubtedly very well-off financially, typically living a busy, flamboyant lifestyle, flying in their private jet to their fancy condo in Dubai, and spending exorbitant amounts of cash on a watch, or a dog.

While on the McLaren 720S Spider drive last week, I was poking around in the cabin and noticed a little button nestled in the center console to the left of the button that electronically lowers and raises the roof. This, as it turns out, is the little button that controls the car’s powered rear window. Yes, you read that right: The 720S Spider has a powered rear window! This is extremely rad! Exclamation point!

Ferrari’s 488 Spider is an absolute gem of a car, with striking good looks, unbelievably good turbocharged V8 motivation, and confidence-inspiring mid-engine dynamics that make it feel a little bit like a stupid fast 981 Boxster (That’s a really good thing, I promise). McLaren is smashing a gauntlet across the 488's aggressive face, and throwing it down with a new 720S Spider that is 88kg lighter than the Fezza, with an extra 50 horses for good measure.

This week McLaren gave us another glimpse of its first Speedtail prototype ahead of real-world testing. It's absolutely stunning, but what caught my eye above all else was the name.

McLaren is known for its alphanumeric naming system - like the P1 and 720S. It wasn't until the Senna, which was named after McLaren F1 driver Ayrton Senna, that the car manufacturer decided to look at more traditional nameplates.

Which brings us to the Speedtail, which has been dubbed 'Albert'. Yeah, really.

If you’re into exotic cars, you’re probably living in the best era for them. No longer the scarce things they once were, you can get your mitts on more of them than ever before. AMG makes legit supercars, Aston Martin’s range is ever expanding, Ferrari’s on a roll lately, Lamborghini’s SUV is… a thing, and McLaren’s determined to bring out as many new models as it can. And the new McLaren 600LT comes to the family as the smallest McLaren for people who are constantly late for things.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt wants to be very clear about whether or not his company would join the current climate of performance luxury SUVs from Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche and so on. Not only would it be too expensive to develop and not fit the brand, but McLaren customers apparently don’t even want one.