The release of the Artura marks a moment in McLaren history, as it’s the brand’s first ever series production High Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar.
Here, McLaren blends breath-taking performance and incredible dynamics with Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) technology. It’s also the first model to be built on the McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), produced at its Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield.
Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO, describes the Artura as: “The next-generation hybrid supercar. A distillation of everything we’ve ever learned.”
The Artura is ultra-lightweight (we’re talking a kerb weight of only 1,498kg) so power from the twin-turbo V6 petrol engine and accompanying E-motor is left uncompromised, which is backed up by some impressive stats: the hybrid supercar produces a combined output of 671bhp and 720Nm of torque, with a top speed of 205mph. The hybrid supercar will power from 0-62mph in just 3 seconds. Hair-raisingly fast.
A plug-in hybrid, the Artura can run on electric power alone for emission-free journeys of up to 19 miles and, to reach 80% charge, the 7.4kWh battery takes as little as two and a half hours. For those concerned about fuel consumption (albeit, not usually a factor of consideration when purchasing a McLaren), the Artura is the brand’s most efficient model yet at 50+mpg. It’s official CO2 figures are pretty exceptional, too, at 129g/km.
The latest McLaren infotainment and connectivity system (MIS II) features an 8” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Capability. It includes updated versions of McLaren apps such as Track Telemetry and Variable Drift Control, and also features a redesigned navigation map. You’ll also have a Bluetooth vehicle key, which powers up the car’s systems whenever you head towards it.
Seamless is the standout word for the Artura. Its classic low-nose, high-tail supercar stance has been sculpted for maximum airflow. It has perfect proportions and clean, flowing lines cutting across body panels of carbon fibre and Superformed aluminium. The signature McLaren dihedral doors open closer to the body. Pirelli P ZEROTM CORSA tyres with Pirelli Cyber Tyre technology offer superb grip, wrapping 19” wheels at the front, 20” at the back. The Artura really is ‘shrink-wrapped’; everything about the design feels tighter and purposeful. It’s powerful and confident.
Inside, the cockpit has been designed around the driver. The steering wheel houses all key controls (however it’s not cluttered, McLaren stress), so that you can operate the driving systems without lifting a finger off the wheel. There’s a surprisingly decent amount of legroom and the Clubsport bucket seats feature a moveable backrest and under-thigh support, or you can opt for Comfort seats.
As expected, there’s a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to hand in the Artura, including Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Auto High-Beam Assist and Road-Side Recognition. These can all be updated using Over-The-Air (OTA) tech. The headlights are adaptive LED and autonomous emergency braking is part of the bundle, too. For peace of mind, there’s a five-year warranty on the car, six years cover for the battery and 10 years for the body.
Thanks to the all-new rear suspension, electro-hydraulic steering and Proactive Damping Control, you can expect nothing less than formidable handling and agility to match the Artura’s power output. The eight-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox (with manual override) integrates an electronic differential which balances torque across the rear axle for even more traction and drifting control. There are also four driving modes to choose from: E-mode, Comfort, Sport and Track.
Flewitt said it best with “every drop of McLaren’s experience and expertise has been poured into the Artura”. Next level driver engagement, impeccable design, hair-raising performance and EV technology combine in this hybrid supercar, which will be offered in four trims – Standard, Performance, Techlux and Vision. The Artura is like no other, marking an exciting new era for McLaren and supercar fans alike. This is the future of supercars.