McLaren’s first-ever series-production plug-in hybrid supercar also happens to be its most fuel-efficient model to date – it's capable of achieving north of 21km/l.
After revealing the ferociously quick P1 hybrid hypercar back in 2012, McLaren has now pulled the wraps off the relatively more affordable Artura supercar – the brand's first series-production model, designed and built from the ground-up in almost a decade – whose performance isn't too far from that of the P1.
The first model to be built on an all-new hybrid powertrain-specific McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), the Artura is powered by a new Ricardo-sourced 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine (M630), with hybrid assistance from a 94bhp electric motor. Combined, the hybrid powertrain sends 671bhp and 720Nm of torque only to the rear wheels, with 577bhp and 585Nm coming from the V6 engine alone. The powertrain also benefits from an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, which integrates McLaren’s first-ever electronic-differential (e-diff).
Thanks to a kerb weight of just 1,498kgs, the McLaren Artura does the 0 – 100km/h run in just three seconds, which is only 0.2 of a second slower than the $1 million+ P1. The 0 – 200km/h sprint is done in 8.3 seconds, and the top speed is electronically-limited to 330km/h. In spite of all this performance, McLaren has still managed to make Artura its most fuel-efficient model to date.
Speaking of efficiency, the electric motor draws its power from a 7.4kWh battery pack, which offers an electric-only driving range of 30kms, which can be consumed while driving at speeds of up to 130km/h.