New McLaren Artura Is A Plug-In Hybrid Supercar That Can Do 17.7 KM/L

New McLaren Artura Is A Plug-In Hybrid Supercar That Can Do 17.7 KM/L

The all-new, revolutionary McLaren Artura is a 671-horsepower supercar that has a 330 kph top speed yet it can do 17.7 km/l.

McLaren’s new plug-in hybrid supercar called the Artura made its debut a couple of days ago. This new supercar aims to bring the British marque into an electrified future that satisfies both ever-stricter emissions regulations while still providing exhilarating performance. As a result, the McLaren Artura is completely revolutionary from the ground up, and it lays the foundation for McLaren’s upcoming electrified supercars.

McLaren Artura

The revolutionary powertrain produces a total system output of 671 hp and 720 Nm of torque, enabling this supercar to sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 3 seconds dead. This is all mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with no reverse gear. Yes, you read that right. In order to save weight, the Artura solely uses its electric motors for reversing.

Speaking of those electric motors, McLaren used an axial flux motor, the first in a series-production vehicle. It makes nearly 100 hp and weighs just 15 kilos. McLaren says if they used a traditionan radial flux motor, it would have weight more than twice as much. This electric motor allows the McLaren Artura to travel on pure electric power up to a speed of 130 kph. Thanks to the McLaren Artura’s 7.4 kWh battery, it can travel in purely electric for up to 30 kilometers.

The resulting claimed fuel economy of this rear-wheel-drive (RWD) supercar is 50 MPG or 17.7 km/ll. That’s subcompact passenger car territory for something that has exhilarating performance. But of course, to take advantage of that fuel economy, the battery needs to be charged. This can either be done while driving, wherein the engine also acts as a generator, or through a household and public charger. When using an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) cable, the Artura can be charged to 80 percent in just 2.5 hours.

Now, you might argue that all those electrified components has resulted to the McLaren Artura being a heavyweight. Not exactly. The all-new carbon monocoque chassis has been developed for four years and it made out of McLaren’s own carbon fiber recipe and it weighs at an astonishingly-light 82 kg. That’s despite the need to provide a safety cell for the batteries. As a matter of fact, the hybrid components are heavier than the chassis itself at 130 kg.

McLaren Artura

McLaren also developed a completely new engine rather than just continuing on with its tried and tested V8. The new engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, has a cylidner bank that’s angled by 120 degrees, making it almost flat. This allows McLaren to use a shorter, stifer crankshaft. As a result, the engine itself produces 577 hp and a redline of 8,500 rpm, which is unusually high for a turbocharged engine.

Despite being a revolutionary vehicle, McLaren decided to continue using an old-school hydraulic power steering. This is because McLaren likes this system for the sheer amount of road feel it provides to the driver, which we highly agree based on our experience with this steering system.

McLaren Artura

As with every supercar, aerodynamics play a huge role in making it slip through the wind effortlesslly. McLaren spent countless hours to design vents and ducts to guide air into the cooling system or make it slipper enough to not create any form of drag. The result is a McLaren that looks curvaceous than any McLaren before it.

McLaren Artura Interior

Despite its high-performance, McLaren still made the Artura’s interior comfortable and luxurious. McLaren worked around the concept of “functional jewelry” wherein the interior is both functional yet pleasing to the eyes. As standard, the Artura comes with power-adjustable seats with heating, but if you want lighter but more expensive seats, you can opt for the Clubsport seats with no power adjustment. This bucket seat moves in an elliptical arc on the floor, which means it can simulate seat recline. The digital gauges are also mounted on the steering column, which means whatever adjustment you make, you can still see the digital gauges.

The McLaren Artura will go on sale in select markets worldwide by the Q3 2021.

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