McLaren Artura debuts as their first “affordable” hybrid
McLaren’s first hybrid, the P1, was quite a novelty as the hypercar cost more than 1 million. Now they have decided to offer the tech at a more reasonable cost with the launch of their new McLaren Artura, the brand’s first series-production hybrid vehicle.
Built on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), the Artura comes in with a low dry weight of 1395 kg despite all the hybrid tech including batteries and the motor. A new petrol engine has also helped shed 50 kilos over the V8 of the McLaren 570S. Speaking of the engine, the McLaren Artura is powered by a combination of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and an electric motor, producing a combined total of 671 hp, with 804 Nm of torque supplementing it.
The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. With all this firepower, the Artura can run from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.0 seconds, just 0.2 seconds shy of the mighty P1. The top speed is limited to 330 kph. As it is a plug-in hybrid, the Artura can run on pure electric juice for 30 km. Using the standard charger, the batteries can be charged from zero to 80 percent in just two and a half hours.
With the new construction, the McLaren Artura gains more tech too, both in the areas of safety and entertainment. Adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, lane-departure warning and road sign recognition gets added to the safety list. The infotainment system is updated too, with a better touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, smartphone mirroring and a Variable Drift Control Function, the latter limited only for track use. Comfort and convenience are also in focus, thanks to the power-adjustable seats, heated and electrically-foldable mirrors, soft close doors, and nose lift.
The new McLaren Artura will set you back by US$ 225,000 (Dhs 826,425), a quarter of what the P1 used to cost when new. Expect it to be roaming UAE and GCC streets by the end of this year.
Awesummm! the Prius of supercars
Better get an NSX. Half the price, countless times more reliable.