The all-new 2021 McLaren Artura has been officially unveiled, with the first Australian examples slated for customer delivery no later than September 2021.
The Artura is McLaren’s first series-production plug-in hybrid, combining a mid-mounted 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with a rear-mounted electric motor for a total output of 500kW and 720Nm. This is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a bespoke eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It is the brand’s first model built on the new MCLA carbon fibre architecture revealed in August 2020, and the Artura’s high-tensile monocoque tub helps keep the total weight down to 1395kg – 24kg lighter than the non-electrified flagship 720S model (albeit, the 720S is powered by a heavier 4.0-litre V8 engine).
The relatively low weight – and instant torque provided by the electric motor – allows the car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.0 seconds, on the way to an electronically-capped top speed of 330km/h.
According to McLaren, 0-200km/h is achieved in 8.3 seconds, while 0-300km/h takes 21.5 seconds.
The Artura is also the brand’s most fuel-efficient vehicle, with a claimed combined consumption of just 5.5 litres per 100km when driving in hybrid mode. The integrated 7.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack – which takes 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80 per cent – allows for an estimated 30 kilometres of all-electric driving, at up to a maximum speed of 130km/h.