McLaren goes Hybrid with the new Artura supercar

What you see in front of you might seem familiar but this is the most new ‘new’ car from McLaren since the P1 hypercar. Enter the V6-Hybrid McLaren Artura.

It seems like McLaren launch a new car every five minutes. The British car-maker was reintroduced in 2010 and their first car was the MP4-12c (later just the 12c) and all of their subsequent cars share much of their architecture and drivetrain with that first car. The Arturo does not. The old V8 is gone and in its place is a 577bhp 3.0l V6 combined with a 94bhp electric motor.

Together they produce a combined output of 680PS (671bhp) and 720Nm (530lb ft). The Arturo might be the de facto baby of the McLaren range but the new drivetrain coupled with extensive weight savings means it is still supercar fast. 0-62mph arrives in 3.0 seconds; 0-124mph in 8.3 seconds; and 0-186mph in 21.5 seconds.

Despite the weight savings achieved by a new carbon tub-chassis and a whole host of other small savings. The car is actually marginally heavier than the 570S it replaces. That’s due to the 7.4kwh battery pack powering the electric motor. The car can run on battery power alone for up to around 18 miles and a top speed of 80mph. But in racier driving modes it’ll be used increase performance and responsiveness. McLaren have taken what they learned with the P1 hypercar and finally applied it to a more ‘achievable’ supercar.

The Arturo is the first model to be built on the all-new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which has been optimised for hybrid powertrains and built in-house at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) near Sheffield.

The McLaren Artura is available to order now (depending on market); choice of four specifications with UK pricing from £185,500.