By on November 24, 2020

McLaren Automotive has decided on a name for its upcoming plug-in hybrid. But we know you don’t care much about premium automobiles reserved for people with more money than sense, so we’ll keep this one brief.

Formerly referred to as the P16, McLaren’s new PHEV will be called the Artura. The name, which is of Celtic origin, is supposed to denote nobility. While we cannot say for sure, the brand may be dropping hints as to the type of customers it’s targeting — because the model will no doubt come with a princely sum.

Built on a new the company’s new “McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture” developed specifically to accommodate hybrid powertrains, the Artura will come with a twin-turbo V6 assisted by an electric motor. Output has gone unmentioned but it’s supposed to occupy space between the GT and 720S, allowing us to do some mental math. While little more than an educated guess, we’d expect the PHEV to come in somewhere around 650 horsepower. The company has previously said the P16/Artura would be capable of “most urban journeys” under battery power alone.

Manufactured in the United Kingdom at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, the automaker said it would be impressively lightweight for an electrified vehicle and help solidify the trajectory of future development programs. That presumably means more electrification — though the company has been somewhat cagey on committing to vehicles totally reliant on battery power.

McLaren said it would like to see North American deliveries of the Artura to start this spring.

[Images: McLaren]

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4 Comments on “McLaren’s Planned Plug-in Will Be Named Artura...”


  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Why would you want to build a lightweight vehicle? Aren’t all the most popular vehicles pretty heavy nowadays? I don’t get it.

    Carbon is for pencil leads. (Or am I wrong?)

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    McLaren introduced the first carbon-fiber F1 car just 40 short years ago:
    https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=8194

    30 years ago, Jaguar produced a (low-volume) carbon-fiber road-legal production car [other manufacturers followed]:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_carbon_fiber_monocoque_cars

    Here is an interesting background article from 2013:
    https://preview.tinyurl.com/yxnjwwgu

  • avatar
    RHD

    It was going to be called the McLaren Arturo, but once the first prototype was finished, it was clearly female.

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