The McLaren Artura is expected to arrive in early 2021 and will be a High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar, sitting in between the GT and 720S.
McLaren Automotive’s CEO, Mike Flewitt, has revealed: “Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface.” So, what do we know so far?
It debuts a compact twin-turbo V6 petrol engine combined with an electric motor in a High-Performance Hybrid powertrain. Because of this, the Artura can run on electric power alone for emission-free journeys while retaining the performance benefits of McLaren’s V8 engines. The range of the EV-only mode is yet to be confirmed, but McLaren has revealed it assembled a team of hybrid experts across its Electrical Drive Team and Development Team for the model’s completion. The Artura also promises improved torque response at low engine speeds for thrilling acceleration.
Flewitt concludes that the Artura “draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”
McLaren showcases its commitment to lightweight engineering with the Artura, using weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body and powertrain to make up for the added presence of the HPH system. The supercar is also built on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture base for heightened dynamism, produced at its Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield. As for exterior and interior aesthetics, the Artura has been kept under camo wraps for now; however, hints of McLaren GT styling can be spotted.