This is new territory for the British marque.
A new chapter is set to begin for McLaren. We already knew that the automaker would be introducing hybrid power in a new supercar which was teased back in October, while leaked patents and a few spy shots gave us some clues as to how it would look. Well, McLaren has just announced that the hybridized supercar will be called the Artura.
Slated to go on sale in the first half of next year, it is the marque's first high-performance hybrid series production car. Built on a new platform designed specifically to accommodate the hybrid powertrain, various weight-saving measures have been introduced to counter the weight of the hybrid system. McLaren hasn't yet confirmed the technical details of the Artura, but its twin-turbocharged V6 engine and an electric motor could have a combined system output of over 600 horsepower.
It will mark a major departure from McLaren's V8 engines. In the 570S, the V8 produces 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Utilizing the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) that the company says will provide a "class-leading weight advantage," the Artura should be a blisteringly quick supercar.
But it will be a more efficient McLaren than we're accustomed to since it can also run on electric power alone. McLaren has already proved its electrification expertise with models like the Speedtail, and the Artura will build upon this. The Speedtail is McLaren's fastest car with a top speed of 250 mph. Even before the Speedtail, McLaren delved into electrification with the P1TM hypercar in 2012.
"Every element of the Artura is new," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive. "But it 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 shared just two close-up images of the Artura's rear design with a sliver of green paint above a pair of exhaust outlets, integrated into a mesh-like air vent. It's a feature not unlike that of the 720S, although the V6 is likely to elicit quite a different noise through those pipes. The Artura will be built at the McLaren Composites Technology Center in the UK. More information will be shared about this groundbreaking model in the months ahead.