The stage is now set for McLaren’s electrified future thanks to the introduction of the Artura supercar.
On Tuesday, $ 225,000 $ 2022 debuted McLaren Artura with a new plug-in hybrid driveline, a carbon fiber architecture and an electronic architecture that will enable OTA updates.
Artura is the first McLaren that is really new since the MP4-12C supercar almost a decade ago. On the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), the carbon fiber tank replaces the car manufacturer’s MonoCell design that started life in MP4-12C. Rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini use aluminum construction for their lower level models. MCLA was designed from the start for electrified powertrains, and the platform will be used in future McLarens.
A twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 produces 577 hp and 431 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 353 pounds, it weighs 110 kg less than McLaren’s twin-turbo V-8 and is shorter for better packaging, which is aided by dry swamp lubrication. The aluminum engine can spin at 8500 rpm, which is only 500 rpm shy of the 2022 Porsche 911 GT3’s naturally sucked 4.0-liter flat-6. The petrol engine is paired with an electric motor housed in the 8-speed automatic transmission with two clutches that provide 94 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque. Total power take-off of 671 hp and 531 lb ft of torque is sent to the rear wheels via an electronically controlled differential which is also mounted in the transmission.
Artura uses the electric motor to reverse the car by spinning in the opposite direction. There is no reverse gear in the gearbox. Neat trick.
At 3,303 pounds, Artura is not heavyweight, but McLaren said it packs a punch with a 0-60 mph sprint in 3.0 seconds, a 0-124 mph blast in 8.3 seconds, and a 0-186 mph run of 21 , 5 seconds on its way to a top speed limited to 205 km / h.
The 7.4 kwh lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor gives Artura up to 30 km of all-electric range. McLaren said the system can be charged up to 80% in 2.5 hours on a 240 volt outlet, although the battery can also be charged via the petrol engine while driving via various driving modes.
McLaren has four powertrain modes: E-mode (all-electric mode), Comfort, Sport and Track. Independently controlled handling modes adjust dampers and electronic stability control system.
In an effort to provide feedback from the road, McLaren is sticking with a hydraulic power steering system. Each Artura will come with carbon-ceramic brakes and aluminum calipers to save unsprung weight and deliver track-ready stopping performance.
There is nothing wrong with Artura for anything other than a McLaren. It looks like an evolutionary cross between cars from the brand’s entry level Sport Series and higher performance Super Series. Artura has a typical forward transmission with a short, low front and a long roofline. As with other McLarens, Artura has two doors, and the central exhaust tips go straight up from the engine. The supercar drives on forged 7-spoke, 19-inch front and 20-inch wheels wrapped in McLaren-specific Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.
Artura has a simple interior with a focus on driving with drives and handling controls mounted on the side of the digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and heated seats with memory and lumbar adjustments. An optional Clubsport seat swings in an elliptical arc to change all seat adjustments.
Artura’s electrical architecture enables OTA updating when connected to wi-fi. Future software updates do not require owners to visit a McLaren dealer.
Fuel economy rankings are not given, but Artura will probably be the most efficient McLaren to date when it arrives in US dealers in the third quarter of this year.