McLaren teases its 500kW plug-in hybrid Artura
It seems that a hybridized future will be making its way to the McLaren nameplate. The British supercar brand recently teased its all-new Artura, and it's set to produce a staggering 500kW. The Artura will be the first-ever High-Performance Hybrid (HPH) supercar for McLaren and it will be built on the latest McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture, resulting in the model getting a kerb weight of just 1498kg.
Powering the Artura is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine that will produce 430kW of power and 585 Nm of torque. To give the Artura its combined power output of 500kW is an electric motor that will produce an additional 70kW and 225 Nm of torque. This electric motor will use a 7.4 kWh battery pack which will be located under the rear of the cabin. The Artura will be charged using the standard EVSE cable and can be charged up to 80% in just 2.5 hours. McLaren has yet to announce the Artura's EPA range or final acceleration figures. But many have estimated the Artura to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in no less than 3.0 seconds and to 300 kph in just 21.5 seconds.
The Artura will come fitted with a new rear suspension system and will ride the latest next-generation Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, that gets paired with Pirelli Cyber Tyre technology, which uses a 'chip' to provide real-time data to the Artura’s stability control system. The cabin of the Artura will represent McLaren's function-before-fashion approach. The interior design is more driver-focused and will get fitted with a new Clubsport seat design. The Artura's infotainment system will boast an 8.0-inch vertically oriented touchscreen that will come with Bluetooth connectivity, built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a selection of audio equipment.
McLaren has said that the Artura is currently available for order with its first international customers expected to get their deliveries in the third quarter of 2021. The pricing for the Artura starts at somewhere around £250,000 making just over R5 000 000, given the current exchange rate.