McLaren Artura Arrives: Light-weight, High-Price Supercar

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Join us in welcoming another hybrid supercar to the world. Introducing the McLaren Artura.

Yeah, it’s another car (or car company — we see you, Stellantis) with a weird name that sounds vaguely celestial.

The specs, at least on paper, sound a bit more down-to-earth, at least as down-to-earth as one can get in this realm of the market.

Riding on a new platform called McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture, the Artura uses a body that mixes aluminum and carbon-fiber and tips the scales at 1,498 kg/3,305 pounds or so.

A 3.0-liter twin-turbo, mid-engined V6 provides the internal-combustion part of the equation, and the combined power output between the petrol engine and the electric motor is 671 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. On its own, the V6 puts out 577 horsepower and 431 lb-ft of torque.

That power gets to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission and electronic rear differential, which McLaren says is a first for the company. There’s no reverse gear, by the way — the electric motor just spins the other way when the driver needs to back up.

Other key specs include a 7.4 kWh battery, approximately 18 miles of electric-only driving range, 93 horsepower from the electric motor, a claimed 0-62 mph time of three seconds, and fuel economy of more than 50 mpg. The claimed top speed is 205 mph, and the Artura isn’t just a hybrid, but a plug-in hybrid.

Even the well-heeled worry about repairs, so McLaren has given this car a five-year vehicle warranty and added on a six-year battery warranty and 10-year body warranty.

The company aims to achieve high-performance handling via an electro-hydraulic steering setup and damping control. Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber will be fitted to the car.

Inside, the Artura offers a steering wheel that has controls for most key functions, meaning drivers should be able to keep their hands on the wheel. An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen will allow the driver to adjust the driver-assist systems, and smartphone mirroring (think Apple CarPlay/Android Auto) will be available.

There are four driver-selectable drive modes — electric-only (up to 18 miles), comfort, sport, and track. McLaren is also touting the top upper wishbone rear suspension, which has two lower links and a tie rod in front of the center of the wheel.

When it comes time to stop, carbon-ceramic rotors and all-aluminum calipers should do the trick nicely.

Buyers will be able to update their car’s software via over-the-air updates and in some markets, they’ll be able to track their ride if it’s stolen. Though one would think any McLaren would stick out in traffic, making quiet getaways difficult for thieves.

Pricing starts at $185,500 pounds or about 257,000 USD. Four trim packages will be available.

[Images: McLaren]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Cicero Cicero on Feb 17, 2021

    I'll take a red one for me and a yellow one for the missus.

  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Feb 18, 2021

    Definitely a bitchin track day car...but if you have an off, it's gonna be at a very high velocity....

  • ToolGuy First picture: I realize that opinions vary on the height of modern trucks, but that entry door on the building is 80 inches tall and hits just below the headlights. Does anyone really believe this is reasonable?Second picture: I do not believe that is a good parking spot to be able to access the bed storage. More specifically, how do you plan to unload topsoil with the truck parked like that? Maybe you kids are taller than me.
  • ToolGuy The other day I attempted to check the engine oil in one of my old embarrassing vehicles and I guess the red shop towel I used wasn't genuine Snap-on (lots of counterfeits floating around) plus my driveway isn't completely level and long story short, the engine seized 3 minutes later.No more used cars for me, and nothing but dealer service from here on in (the journalists were right).
  • Doughboy Wow, Merc knocks it out of the park with their naming convention… again. /s
  • Doughboy I’ve seen car bras before, but never car beards. ZZ Top would be proud.
  • Bkojote Allright, actual person who knows trucks here, the article gets it a bit wrong.First off, the Maverick is not at all comparable to a Tacoma just because they're both Hybrids. Or lemme be blunt, the butch-est non-hybrid Maverick Tremor is suitable for 2/10 difficulty trails, a Trailhunter is for about 5/10 or maybe 6/10, just about the upper end of any stock vehicle you're buying from the factory. Aside from a Sasquatch Bronco or Rubicon Jeep Wrangler you're looking at something you're towing back if you want more capability (or perhaps something you /wish/ you were towing back.)Now, where the real world difference should play out is on the trail, where a lot of low speed crawling usually saps efficiency, especially when loaded to the gills. Real world MPG from a 4Runner is about 12-13mpg, So if this loaded-with-overlander-catalog Trailhunter is still pulling in the 20's - or even 18-19, that's a massive improvement.
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