McLaren opens a new chapter in its history with the presentation of the new McLaren Artura . This is not an umpteenth new model from the manufacturer of Woking, it is the beginning of a new era for McLaren. In 2017, McLaren announced that all of its models would be electrified – not electric – by 2025. And the Artura is the first of these new models.
The McLaren Artura is the firm\’s first 100% new car. It has been designed from a blank sheet , it is not an evolution of the MP4-12C platform. Nor does it use the everlasting V8 biturbo released in the MP4-12C.
Thus, the Artura is the first model to be built on the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) carbon fiber platform , designed to be able to house a 100% electric version in the future. In fact, there will be a 100% electric model, but after 2025.
The Artura is a featherweight
The turbos are located between the two cylinder banks and, being a shorter engine than the V8, it has been possible to associate it with a 95 hp electric motor located on the rear axle and a 7.4 kWh battery. Combined, they deliver a total power of 680 hp and 720 Nm of torque. They are associated with an 8-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. Like the rest of the range, the Artura is a rear wheel drive.
The McLaren Artura is in the range above the McLaren GT and below the 720 S. However, it is very similar to its older brother in terms of dimensions. It measures 4.54 m long by 2 meters wide and has a 2.64 m wheelbase (2.67 m for the 720S).
PHEV, yes, but with a 0 to 100 km / h in 3 seconds
In terms of performance, the Artura accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3 seconds and reaches the 200 km / h mark in 8.3 seconds. The maximum speed, self-limited, is 330 km / h. To stop the beast, the driver can count on impressive carbon ceramic discs. And speaking of numbers, the Artura is capable of driving in 100% electric mode for about 30 kilometers with, in that case, a top speed of 130 km / h.
And no, it cannot have the ZERO label from the DGT, due to its electric range of less than 40 km. Joking aside, it will not be considered by the European Union as a very low-emission car for homologating more than 50g / km of CO₂ emissions. Even so, it certifies low CO₂ emissions: 129 g / km . And that implies in Spain a registration tax of only 4.75%.
Following the electrical part of the Artura, it would take 2 hours and 30 minutes on a 220 V socket to recover 80% of the charge. It is possible to force driving in “zero emissions” mode using the driving selector located to the right of the digital instrument panel. The latter also allows you to choose the Comfort, Sport or Track driving modes. The selector positioned on the left, for its part, it acts on the adjustment of the adaptive suspensions.
Aesthetically, the dashboard and especially the digital instrument panel attached to the steering wheel come from the McLaren Elva . The center console groups the most basic controls. The rest of the functions (climate control, radio, GPS, telemetry and drift function) are grouped together on the 8-inch touch screen installed vertically.
Just as the Artura adopts hybridization, it also has the typical driving aids that any compact can equip today, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning , adaptive cruise control, etc.