What is the McLaren Artura?

Marco Green
November 24, 2020

Classed by the British marque as a "High-Performance Hybrid", or HPH, the first of such a class, the Artura is the beginning of a new era, and is entirely new from the ground up.

Previously thought to be the next instalment in McLaren's entry-level Sports Series family, the automaker in October said the auto, due on sale in the first half of 2021, will be a proper supercar to sit between the GT and 720S.

The name represents a change in trend from the previous McLaren series production models, eschewing the numbers-and-letters format for a more traditional and meaningful name.

Described by the Woking firm as a "next-generation" supercar, the forthcoming machine will arrive in the first half of 2021 with a hybrid powertrain based on a new V6 petrol engine. The latest release says the Artura will "bring the full force of its expertise in hybrid powertrain engineering to the supercar class"; it has the P1 and Speedtail from which to draw lessons from, after all.

The Artura will debut a new compact twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline unit, working alongside an electric motor as part of a lightweight high-performance hybrid powertrain that is said to retain the performance benefits of McLaren's larger capacity V8 engines.

McLaren says the new HPH supercar has entered the final stages of testing ahead of its launch. It will also offer "medium-range" electric-only running, which Autocar believes to be around 20 miles.

"This is a new kind of McLaren for a new era, an extraordinary drivers' vehicle that offers blistering performance as well as an all-electric range capable of covering most urban journeys". When launched, it will occupy the space between the GT and 720S in the model range, with the Sports Series designation set to come to an end.

It's one step closer to reality for McLaren's bold new era, this being the first vehicle produced without the twin-turbo V8 engine and with the new Sheffield-built McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture.

The platform also gets plenty of weight-saving technologies developed by the McLaren Composites Technology Centre to help offset the added heft that comes with a hybrid system, which ensures it remains as dynamic in the handling department as its other siblings.

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