McLaren Artura: Woking gets woke

A new plug-in hybrid V6 drivetrain and clean-sheet chassis kick off a new model cycle for McLaren

McLaren’s next car will be called the Artura, and the new moniker continues a shift from the sportscar company’s numbers-based model nomenclature as it gears up for an electrified future.

Instead of the twin-turbo V8 that usually powers McLaren’s cars, the Artura will have a V6 engine paired with an electric motor. The Woking-based company said the petrol-electric combination will make up for the drop in cylinder count.

The Artura will also carry enough lithium-ion power on board for short pure electric drives; our guess is 25km of range from a single charge.

The company has yet to show the car in full, but the plug-in Artura is the first of what McLaren calls its High-Performance Hybrid range. 

It will be built on a new carbon-fibre chassis optimised around the V6 engine and the plug-in hybrid components.

“Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface,” Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive, said in a statement. “But it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.”

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McLaren released a plug-in hybrid supercar called the P1 in 2012 which became a collector’s item. The Speedtail Hyper-GT entered production this year as its second plug-in, with an outrageous top speed of 403km/h. 

McLaren is only launching the Artura in 2021, but says interested customers can approach dealers to register their interest as it continues to drip-feed details of its new plug-in.

The Artura’s V6 and plug-in hybrid componentry, along with its clean-sheet chassis, will form the basis for a wider range of cars as McLaren becomes one of a growing number of boutique carmakers to electrify its range.

Rival Ferrari has said it expects 60 percent of its volume to come from hybrids by 2023, while Bentley Motors recently announced a plan to go full electric by 2030.

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