It's McLaren's first series-production High-Performance Hybrid supercar.
Last November, McLaren announced that its new hybridized supercar would officially be called the Artura. Before that, we learned that it would use a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with electric assistance producing over 600 horsepower. Then, just a few days ago, McLaren whet our appetites one more time with a teaser of the high-performance hybrid's body.
Well, the guessing games can all come to an end because the new Artura has finally been revealed. As expected from McLaren, the level of technical wizardry is astounding, but they all add up to what should be a phenomenal new-generation supercar and the brand's first series-production high-performance hybrid.
We can now confirm that the new McLaren Artura will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Paired with an axial flux E-motor, the powertrain will produce a combined 671 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. Broken down further, the V6 contributes 577 hp and 431 lb-ft on its own, which works out to almost 200 hp per liter. The E-motor produces up to 166 lb-ft instantly, along with 94 hp.
McLaren says that not only does this setup give the rear-wheel-drive Artura the "sharpest-ever throttle response" from a McLaren, but it enables a 0-62 mph run of three seconds dead. 0-124 mph flies by in just 8.3 seconds and 0-186 mph in 21.5 seconds. The top speed limiter only spoils the fun at 205 mph.
With its 7.4 kWh battery, the Artura is not just extraordinarily quick but is the most efficient McLaren yet. Based on the European WLTP cycle, it can achieve 50 mpg along with an electric-only range of 19 miles. As a full plug-in hybrid, the McLaren Artura can be charged up to 80 percent in 2.5 hours using the standard EVSE cable.
Compared to McLaren's familiar V8, the new V6 can be packaged more efficiently and also saves weight, in part thanks to the 'hot vee' configuration. It is 110 pounds lighter than the V8. This is still a supercar engine, though, so it'll rev all the way to 8,500 rpm with ease. Paired with this engine is a lightweight eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with a short-ratio gear cluster that's 1.6 inches shorter in length than the current McLaren gearbox.
Notably, the transmission has no reverse gear. Instead, the E-motor handles the task of reversing by rotating in the opposite direction. The new eight-speeder utilizes the first electronic differential from McLaren.
Being a McLaren, weight-saving measures extend far beyond just the powertrain. This Artura plug-in hybrid has a dry weight of only 3,075 lbs and a DIN curb weight of 3,303 lbs. The hybrid components add just 287 lbs to this total.
This is the first model to make use of the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) that includes an electric heating/ventilation system, a dedicated battery compartment, and a domain-based ethernet electrical architecture. The carbon-fiber monocoque includes chassis structures and front/rear frames in aluminum.
The front suspension consists of dual aluminum wishbones and, at the back, there is an upper wishbone and lower multi-link design. This all-new rear suspension's lower multi-link component replaces a lower single wishbone which leads to reduced unsprung mass and better grip. McLaren's latest Proactive Damping Control system is in place, with numerous accelerometers reading the road. Information like speed, lateral acceleration, and yaw rate are processed in under two milliseconds to instantly optimize the Artura based on conditions.
Further improving performance is the E-differential which is both smaller and lighter than a more familiar mechanical locking differential. New Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires are fitted; McLaren says these tires offer comparable grip to the 600LT's P Zero Trofeo R tires.
The E-diff manages torque at the rear axle instantly, enhancing traction and controlling the amount of understeer and oversteer experienced by the driver. A Variable Drift Control (VDC) system allows for easy adjustment of the amount of traction control intervention via the infotainment screen. This highly adjustable car comes with three handling modes: Comfort, Sport, and Track. Separately, the electronic stability control system can be switched off entirely if desired. The powertrain has four modes of its own. Encouragingly, hydraulic assistance for the steering has been retained for its excellent feedback.
"We wanted to make a thrilling, engaging supercar that asks very few compromises of the driver or the passenger and the Artura delivers on the McLaren promise of class-leading driving dynamics and cutting-edge technology," said Geoff Grose, Chief Engineer for the McLaren Artura.
With a bewildering amount of technology seamlessly operating beneath the skin, let's not forget that the McLaren still needs to appeal to our other senses and compete with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini when standing still in the showroom. It'll get you noticed, that's for sure.
The Artura has a cab-forward stance, sits low to the ground, and a long roofline. "We were guided by three key phrases - purity, technical sculpture, and functional jewelry," said Design Director Rob Melville. A great effort was made to reduce the number of visible shut lines. At 179 inches in length and 47 inches in height, the Artura is almost exactly the same length and height as the 720S. However, the Artura is marginally narrower and has a shorter wheelbase than that car. Deeply recessed headlights give the Artura an aggressive appearance in front, while the hammerhead line is prominent in front.
There are sizable side intakes and 19-/20-inch wheels, along with a very short rear overhang. McLaren emphasizes that each and every vent, duct, and fold has an aerodynamic purpose.
At the back, there are slim LED light clusters; even here, each light blade saves weight, being half the weight of the items fitted to the 720S. There are high-mounted central exhaust outlets, with their placement allowing for a full-width, dual-level diffuser. There are 15 unique colors to choose from, while an MSO Carbon Fiber Pack is available. This upgrade will see elements like the front splitter, rear bumper, and door mirror casings all finished in glossy carbon fiber. The final supercar touch? None other than those dihedral doors.
McLaren describes the interior as having "a technical and contemporary ambiance." As expected, the interior has been designed around the needs of the driver. Unlike some other supercars, there's enough space, too; McLaren says a six-foot-four-inch-tall driver has enough room to get comfortable.
A new digital gauge cluster has been mounted to the steering column itself and moves with the steering wheel. There are no controls on the steering wheel itself; McLaren clearly wants the focus of the wheel to be on steering the Artura and nothing else. However, rocker switches for the numerous powertrain/handling modes are close by, on either side of the binnacle.
In the center of the dashboard is an eight-inch high-resolution screen that allows access to media, audio, and navigation features. This same screen houses climate control adjustments lower down, but these never disappear so can always be quickly accessed. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported. The Artura's electrical architecture ensures that over-the-air updates and upgrades are possible in the future.
In the US, 10-way power-adjustable sports seats with heating are standard, while lightweight Clubsport single-shell seats are available optionally. By speccing these seats, there is a further weight saving of 40 lbs.
Despite its vicious turn of speed, McLaren spent a lot of time creating a quiet, refined interior - this is more important for a car that can run in electric-only mode. For instance, the powertrain has fluid-filled mounts that can eliminate certain frequencies from passing to the carbon monocoque. A Pirelli Noise Canceling System is equipped to reduce road noise, too.
A mix of Alcantara, Nappa leather, and aluminum covers most areas within the high-class cabin. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a five-speaker sound system, power-folding exterior mirrors, front/rear parking sensors, and even soft-close doors. A vehicle lift system accounts for the limited ground clearance when encountering obstacles like speed bumps. Gone are the days when supercars weren't available with modern driver aids like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and road sign recognition - all can be equipped to the new Artura.
Combining the British marque's lightweight philosophy and relentless focus on driver satisfaction with a more efficient hybrid powertrain, the new Artura is a stunning achievement. It's available to order now with a starting price in the US of $225,000 and a choice of four specification levels. A five-year vehicle warranty is complemented by a six-year battery warranty and a body warranty that runs for 10 years. Deliveries are expected to commence in Q3 of this year.