The McLaren Artura is A Natural Progression of The 570s
The McLaren Artura may well look like the out-going 570s in form and dimensions, but clever marketing will make you believe it is an all-new model. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the Artura is a heavily revised evolution of the 570s, but saying so isn’t accurate because it is all-new from the ground up. The McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) which is essentially a mono safety cell, is an evolution of what went before it. That means it is lighter and stiffer, ideal for inducing silky smooth handling dynamics. I drove the 570s a while back and it felt similar to the Lotus Exige but with a softer suspension, which is still quite firm just not as hardcore as the Exige.
Anyway, I digress from the main topic, the McLaren Artura. The suspension is reworked and McLaren has introduced an E-Differential. The exterior design language is 570s in essence and is made from a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre. McLaren has introduced some exquisite aerodynamic detailing integrated into the bodywork and in isolation, they look like avant-garde sculptures. But the biggest change is the introduction of hybrid power into what is an entry-level McLaren Supercar.
The powertrain comprises of an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an E-motor and energy-dense battery pack. The combined power outputs 680PS (671bhp) and 720Nm (530lb ft) 585PS (577bhp) – approaching 200 horsepower per litre – and 585Nm from the all-new V6 which is mated to an uprated 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The all-new V6 weighs 50kg less than the V8.
The 95PS E-motor delivers instant torque of up to 225Nm, ensuring a 0-62mph time of 3.0 seconds and can go on to reach a top speed of 205mph. The E-motor is powered by a battery pack comprising five lithium-ion modules, offering a usable energy capacity of 7.4kWh and a pure EV range of 30km. Mclaren is claiming a combined economy of 50mpg.
The all-new interior follows the McLaren etiquette of minimalist luxury, and yes it has a new 8-inch infotainment system and yes it offers ApplecarPlay and Android Auto. Personally, I wouldn’t be bothered with the latter because my focus would be on driving. Depending on the market, the Artura is Available to order now in a choice of four specifications with UK pricing from £185,500.