McLarens’ first hybrid car was, as you probably know, the P1 – a 903-horsepower (673 KW) beast of a machine that could make it to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.8 seconds and boasted an electric range of just 19 miles (31 KM). The P1 made its debut back in 2012 and the price tag was so close to seven figures that it wasn’t even funny. Fast forward to 2022, and the McLaren Artura – the brands first series-production high-performance hybrid — takes the throne as a more affordable hybrid supercar.
Hidden away behind that tub of carbon fiber and high-end materials sits a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 577 horsepower (430 kW) and 431 pound-feet (584 Nm) of torque all on its own. The electric motor that’s paired with the new, eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission (it’s located within the transmissions’ bell housing, to be more exact) packs an additional punch of 94 ponies (70kW) and 166 pound-feet (225 Nm), making for a total system output of 671 horsepower (500 kW) and 593 pound-feet (804 Nm) of torque. Those figures might not be quite as sexy as what the P1 offered way back in 2012, but the Artura isn’t lacking in performance when you drop the hammer. 0-62 mph comes in just 3.0 seconds (0.2-seconds slower than the P1) and top speed is limited to 205 mph.
The Artura’s electric range is equal to the P1 at 19 miles, but with plug-in capability that allows you to charge up to 80-percent in 2.5 hours via the standard EVSE charger. The battery itself has a 7.4 kilowatt-hour capacity and is comprised of five lithium-ion modules that are good for 1.48 kilowatt hours each.
With all of this said, I’m sure you’re probably asking how the Artura is almost as fast as the P1 with the same range and way less power. Well, the Artura is the first vehicle in McLaren’s lineup to be built upon the company’s new carbon lightweight architecture (MCLA) that’s designed specifically for vehicles with hybrid powertrains. Thanks to wide usage of aluminum and carbon fiber, the vehicle can take proportions that you see here while keeping weight in check. All told, the Artura weighs just 3,303 pounds (with a 3,075-pound dry weight), making it 108 pounds lighter than the P1 despite the P1 sharing the same dry-weight figure. The Artura is also more aerodynamic than the P1, so that works in its favor as well.
McLaren Artura – The First With Active Safety Features
Believe it or not, no McLaren on the road today features any of the usual active safety systems that we’ve all become rather accustomed to. Thanks to the new MCLA architecture, McLaren has been able to integrate adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, high-beam assist, and road sign recognition. The Artura is also the first of many to come that feature McLaren’s new infotainment system (known as MIS II) that includes an HD touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a new track telemetry software with a Variable Drift Control function that you’re only supposed to use on the track (so don’t get any ideas).
The McLaren Artura will be available in base form at $225,000 (so about 25-percent of what you’d have paid for a P1 way back when) with a long list of standard features that include,
- Power adjustable seats
- Smartphone mirroring
- Nose lift
- Power-folding mirrors
- Heated mirrors
- Soft-close doors
Three other trims will also be available with the next level up being Performance, followed by TechLux and Vision, all three of which will have their own distinctive features and functions.