McLaren Artura Hybrid Supercar Breaks Cover; Makes 671HP & Does 330 KMPH
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McLaren Artura Hybrid Supercar Breaks Cover; Makes 671HP & Does 330 KMPH

McLaren Automotive is a company that has never actually stopped innovating and exploring hard-to-achieve targets. In its long and colorful history, this niche marque has made cars that have always captured the imagination of enthusiasts and supercar connoisseurs. Whether it be the legendary F1, the unhinged P1, or the sensational 720S, McLaren has set several benchmarks and created automotive art. Now, the British brand has come out with another, possibly record-setting new car – it is called the Artura. Unlike the original F1 or the 720S, the all-new McLaren Artura is more of a descendant of the P1 hypercar. And while the Artura is ‘only’ a supercar, it is McLaren’s latest and only series-production plug-in hybrid supercar.

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2022 McLaren Artura front

Being a series-production model, the Artura may not be as exotic as the limited-run P1, but its existence is special nonetheless. Underpinned by the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), this supercar is genuinely an all-new car for the brand. While many hybrid vehicles weigh a lot – thanks to all the batteries and electrical gubbins – the Artura tips the scale at just 1,498kg (curb weight). As we all know, each kilogram counts when you are making a supercar. What also counts just as much is how the supercar looks like, and on that front too, things just work. The McLaren Artura’s design is simply gorgeous and unabashedly sensual, irrespective of the angle you view it from.

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2022 McLaren Artura front three quarter

The superbly low nose, short overhangs, high-set tail, and the immense scoops behind the doors form a stunning profile. Speaking of the doors, they are of the fancy-schmancy dihedral type. Making the whole design look even more effortless and fluid are the tight shutlines and panel joints of the Artura’s bodywork.

2022 McLaren Artura rear three quarter

Finally, the rear of the McLaren Artura is undeniably one of the most drool-worthy angles to view this supercar from. It is aggressive and super sporty (well, duh) thanks to the stacked design, side-mounted diffusers, centrally-located twin exhausts, and the super sleek LED taillights. The sleek styling continues into the cabin of the Artura as well, though it isn’t as seamless as the exterior.

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2022 McLaren Artura rear

One of the first things that will grab your attention is the quirky design of the tablet-like infotainment head unit. In fact, the head unit has a wristwatch-like dial on one side, presumably to operate many of its functions. The reason this screen stands out is not only because of its funky design but also seems to be just stuck there like an aftermarket unit.

2022 McLaren Artura interior

Having said that, the rest of this interior looks stunning and there are loads of Alcantara, leather, aluminium, and carbon-fiber. The carbon bucket seats not only look beautiful but also do a stellar job of keeping one in place whilst honing the Artura around. Meanwhile, the digital driver’s display is pretty customizable and boasts a brilliant high-definition panel to ogle at.

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2022 McLaren Artura dashboard
The interior of the Artura boasts top-notch materials

There are quite a few modern features and gizmos in the McLaren Artura. The equipment includes Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, a reversing camera, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and ambient lighting. However, what we really care about here is the Artura’s performance stats.

2022 McLaren Artura side

Placed behind the main cabin is a brand-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine which is assisted by a 70kW electric motor and a 7.4kWh battery pack. Combined, the Artura’s powertrain produces 671hp and 720Nm of torque. An 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox handles all transmission duties while the power is sent exclusively to the back wheels. If required, one could drive the McLaren Artura on electric power alone for about 30 kilometers.

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2022 McLaren Artura drive mode selector
The powertrain and handling mode selector

In terms of its acceleration, the McLaren Artura can go from 0-100 kmph in 3 seconds, dead. Give it a long enough stretch of open tarmac, this hybrid supercar will hit an electronically-limited top speed of 330 kmph. It is funny how a supercar needs its top speed to be limited. Of course, this being a plug-in hybrid, you are supposed to charge the small 7.4kWh battery regularly. That is if you want the whole hybrid system to work as flawlessly as advertised. Charging the battery from 0 to 80 percent using a regular charging booth should take about 2.5 hours. Not too bad, but I wonder how many Artura owners will possess that kind of patience.

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2022 McLaren Artura brakes
The Artura comes as standard with carbon-ceramic brakes

To bring it to a safe stop every time and without fail, McLaren has fitted the Artura with lightweight but powerful carbon-ceramic brakes. The system uses a 6-piston monobloc setup at the front and 4 pistons at the back, with the discs measuring 390mm upfront and 380mm at the rear. Moreover, the Pirelli Cyber P-Zero tires have been custom-made at the request of McLaren for the Artura.

2022 McLaren Artura doors
The Artura gets stylish dihedral doors

Customers can choose from over a dozen exterior colors for the Artura, with three unique ones at launch. These colors are called Flux Green, Ember Orange, and Plateau Grey. To calm the nerves, McLaren will offer the Artura with a 5-year/75,000-kilometer warranty, a 5-year roadside assistance package, and a 6year/75,000-kilometer warranty for the battery. As for its price tag, the McLaren Artura starts from just over 185,000 pounds or 1.86 crore rupees.

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