The all-new High-Performance Hybrid powertrain in the McLaren Artura sets new benchmarks for performance, building on the levels of high-performance hybrid excellence set by the pioneering McLaren P1TM, the world’s first hybrid hypercar, and the Speedtail Hyper-GT, and now we are getting the first independent reviews of this amazing new McLaren, so let’s take a look at what we’re talking about here.
An all-new from the ground up and underpinned by the McLaren philosophy of super-lightweight engineering, the Artura is a distillation of every inherent McLaren attribute combined with faster throttle response, lower emissions, and the ability to run in pure EV mode, thanks to its ground-breaking electrified powertrain. The Artura is also the first model built on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which contributes to the car’s class-leading lightest dry weight of 1,395kg and a DIN curb weight of 1,498kg.
At the heart of the Artura is an all-new, 3.0-liter V6 internal combustion engine. The 120-degree, twin-turbocharged M630 unit not only delivers unrivaled performance, but it also allows the most compact packaging possible. A 180-degree angle was considered but dismissed because it would raise the height of the crankshaft and therefore the center of gravity of the car. The wide-angle of the V6 cylinders allows the turbochargers to sit within the banks in a ‘hot vee’ configuration, which also benefits efficiency as they sit within a straighter, and therefore less restrictive, exhaust layout. Generating 585PS and 585Nm of torque, the all-new V6 engine is 190mm shorter and 220mm narrower than McLaren’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, and also 50kg lighter.
Let’s see what some of the more famous test drivers out there have to say about the new McLaren Artura, first up AutoTrader who calls it ‘the silent assassin’:
Then we get to see what TopGear thinks about the new McLaren Artura, calling it a 671bhp Hybrid Ferrari 296 GTB Rival: