British supercar McLaren debuts a new hybrid supercar. The $225,000 McLaren Artura and the first use of its architecture meant to accommodate future EVs.
The Artura has a 577 horsepower turbocharged V6, mid-engined plug-in hybrid that weighs about 3,300 lbs (1,496 kg) and can hit 60 mph in just three seconds. Top speed is listed as 205 mph. The e-motor gets its juice from a battery pack comprised of five lithium-ion units, with the 7.4-kWh battery, the motor can further provide gas-free driving for up to 19 miles.
The engine and motor are paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It’s unique in that it has no reverse gear, it just runs the electric motor backward. The rear-wheel-drive coupe offers four drive modes: Comfort, for optimal pairing of the V-6 and electric motor under normal driving conditions. Sport and Track modes, for when spirited driving demands more immediate and sustained power delivery; and the all-electric E-mode ideal for shorter urban jaunts.
The Artura has a typical cab-forward layout with a short, low front end and a long roofline. Artura features dihedral doors, and the center exhaust tips exit straight up from the engine. The supercar rides on forged 7-spoke, 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels wrapped in McLaren-specific Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
The cabin’s pared-back aesthetic is typical McLaren. Modern lightweight materials and mood lighting make it special. Artura will have an updated version of McLaren’s infotainment system. Called MIS II, this Android-based platform is housed on an 8-inch vertical touchscreen, and has both Apple CarPlayand Android Auto functionality. And thanks to an instrument binnacle that’s connected to the steering column, no matter where you position the wheel, you’ll be able to see the gauges.
The model will be presented in four trim packages, with even more exclusive tailoring offered through the McLaren Special Operations division. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q3 2021. Discover Opulent Club on Apple News.