Luxury supercar company McLaren Automotive has unveiled the McLaren Artura. The next-generation high-performance hybrid supercar was revealed to the world in a spectacular digital launch coming from its global headquarters featuring McLaren’s new Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.
The all-new Artura boasts distinctive design, unrivalled performance, dynamic excellence and engineering innovation – with electrification now bringing the additional benefits of even faster throttle response, lower emissions and being able to run in pure EV mode for emissions-free journeys of up to 30km.
The hybrid supercar is fitted with the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) resulting in the Artura having a lightest dry weight of 1,395kg. Designed and manufactured at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region, MCLA includes a bespoke battery compartment and introduces a ground-breaking domain-based ethernet electrical architecture, along with an electrical heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (eHVAC) system. The total weight of hybrid components is just 130kg (which includes an 88kg battery pack and 15.4kg E-motor).
The powertrain features McLaren’s all-new, 2,993cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine. With a power output of 585PS – nearly 200 PS per litre – and 585Nm of torque, the dry-sump aluminium engine is compact and lightweight; at just 160kg it weighs 50kg less than a McLaren V8 and is significantly shorter, enhancing packaging efficiency.
Created to run with a Gasoline Particulate Filter, the M630 engine is also extremely refined. The 120° v-angle of the engine, which lets the turbochargers be positioned within the ‘hot vee’, delivers further advantages in packaging. The 120° layout enhances engine performance by reducing the pressure losses through the exhaust system.
The Artura’s compact axial flux E-motor is smaller and more power-dense than a standard radial flux E-motor. It can generate 95PS and 225Nm and boasts a power density per kilo 33% greater than the system used in the McLaren P1™. The car achieves 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in just 3.0 seconds, with 0-200km/h (0-124mph) taking 8.3 seconds and 0-300km/h (0-186mph) 21.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 330km/h (205mph).
The Artura is designed with full Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) capability and can be charged to an 80% charge level in just 2.5 hours with a standard EVSE cable.
The exterior of the car characterized by the low-nose, cab-forward, high-tail stance. The signature McLaren dihedral doors open closer to the body and house mirrors that fold in more tightly. The car’s shape is sculpted to optimise performance and manage airflow for aerodynamic performance and cooling.
The Artura’s cockpit is centred around the driver. The driving mode selection has been moved to the instrument binnacle, which is in turn mounted to the steering column and adjusts with the steering wheel to further enhance driving ergonomics. The steering wheel doesn’t have any unnecessary switches. The car is fitted with an all-new Clubsport seat, which combines the range of motion expected of a moveable backrest with the light weight and support of a bucket seat. An all-new McLaren infotainment and connectivity system (MIS II) utilises two high-definition screens. The interface is built on all-new software and bespoke hardware to deliver a smartphone level of responsiveness and is also capable of smartphone mirroring.
Available to order now from McLaren retailers, the Artura is priced from £185,500 ($258,000) for the standard specification. First deliveries to customers begin in Q3 of this year.
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