McLaren has paved the way for a wave of new electrified models with the unveiling of its new Artura supercar.
While not the first hybrid model from the Woking-based firm – both its P1 and Speedtail featured electrified powertrains – it’s set to be the first series production hybrid McLaren, with the other two cars being capped to limited numbers.
It’s the first model to sit on its new ‘McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture’ (MCLA) that will underpin future models, with the Artura’s powertrain combining a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 671bhp and 720Nm of torque.
McLaren says it has the ‘sharpest-ever throttle response’ of any of its cars, with 0-60mph taking less than three seconds, with the model able to hit a top speed of 205mph.
However a 7.4kWh battery is said to allow for an electric range of 19 miles, while the firm says it will return 50mpg, with CO2 emissions of 129g/km. That’s similar to a petrol Ford Fiesta, to put things into perspective. The battery can also be charged to an 80 per cent capacity in 2.5 hours.
Weighing in at 1,395kg – just 27kg more than the 720S supercar – McLaren says it has a power-to-weight ratio of 488bhp per tonne, which is the best in its class.
Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive, said: “Every drop of McLaren’s experience and expertise has been poured into the Artura. Our all-new, high-performance Hybrid delivers all of the performance, driver engagement and dynamic excellence for which McLaren is renowned, with the additional benefit of EV driving capability.
“The introduction of the Artura is a landmark moment – for McLaren, for our customers who will appreciate and enjoy this car on every emotional and rational level, and for the supercar world.”
The first true ‘all-new’ McLaren since the brand was reborn 10 years ago, it gains a sleeker evolutionary design than the current range, with the firm describing it as a ‘shrink-wrapped appearance’ that’s been designed to maximise airflow and reduce drag.
It also uses a hydraulically assisted steering system, which aims to offer enhanced feel than the electrical systems used in rivals.
Inside, it comes with a new set of digital dials and a ‘floating’ eight-inch touchscreen. The driving mode selector is also now fitted to the side of the instrument cluster.
The Artura replaces McLaren’s ‘Sport Series’ range of models, including the 570S and 540C.
The McLaren Artura is now available to order, with prices starting from £185,500. First deliveries are expected in the summer.Enquire on a new car