The new McLaren Artura combines a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a plug-in hybrid system that produces 671 hp.
McLaren starts an electrification race with the new Artura, its first high-performance hybrid model.
The McLaren Artura replaces the 570S sports series cars and falls under the 720S and 765LT models of the supercar line. Among the supercars is the McLaren GT and above the Ultimate models with limited vehicles like the Senna, Speedtail and Elva.
The new model introduces a host of new technologies, including a new platform called MCLA and McLaren Carbon Lightweight Engineering, which the company claims is robust, safe, and lighter in weight than previous carbon fiber fuel tanks. MCLA is being built at the company’s new headquarters in South Yorkshire.
The heart of Artura is a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 577 hp and 585 Nm of torque and, thanks to the plug-in hybrid system, makes 94 hp. An electric motor powered by a 7.4 kWh battery that allows you to drive the car for a maximum distance of 30 km using only electricity. The combined total outputs are 671 hp and 720 Nm.
The electric motor is also supposed to provide torque filling and improve the throttle response by reducing the official CO2 values to 129 g / km with an assumed average fuel consumption of over 50 mpg – remarkable values for a car. The car reaches from 0 to 62 mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124 mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of over 200 mph.
The MCLA technology has been optimized for electrification, suggesting other faster electrified McLarens are on the way, and is set to make the Artura “exciting to drive but easy to use”, according to McLaren.
In view of the on-board electronics, the car is ultra-light and has a dry weight of 1,395 kg. Accurate throttle response was an essential part of the program.
Improving reliability and operating costs is also important, apparently according to feedback from McLaren owners. This is supported by a five-year warranty on the car as well as a six-year battery and ten-year body cover.
There is a perceived quality improvement in the car, while manufacturing processes have been enhanced to improve longevity, while the car has 25% less wiring than the sporty models in the previous range.
McLaren has also focused on comfort, which shows that Artura won’t just focus on performance. The new 8-inch infotainment system also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions, while adaptive cruise control and real-time updates will also be available.
The new engine, which is positioned directly behind the driver and front passenger, weighs 50 kg less and is 150 mm shorter than McLaren’s V8 and has a 120-degree V-angle, which allows the two turbos to close in the hot “V” sit to keep the center of gravity low. Maximum 8500 rpm.
The engine drives the rear wheels via a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (with manual override, of course), with the electric motor housed in the transmission hub.
The cars wide footprint includes an extended wheelbase of 2.64 m with minimal overhangs front and rear and a new multi-link rear suspension with a lightweight electronic differential a first for McLaren. The tires are bespoke Pirelli with noise-canceling technology and a microchip to send information to the car’s computers and wrap 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels.
The steering is hydraulically assisted for maximum driving experience, while the steering wheel has a compact cockpit that sits on top. Use it to set the wheel and tools. The drive mode selector is also located in the instrument cluster’s cockpit, so you can select comfort, sport or track modes to adjust the suspension and engine settings. An all-electric mode is also available.
Overall, while the technology breaks new ground for McLaren while saving electricity at the heart of performance and efficiency, as well as focusing more on the ability to use the Artura daily, the look is not new. But that is unlikely to delay many potential buyers, who will have to find £ 182,500 before options to add one to their collection. The first orders are expected to be delivered in the third quarter of this year.