McLaren reveal the ultra new electrified 2021 Artura supercar

2021 McLaren Artura
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At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking McLaren’s design department were given the goal of using up all their old tracing paper. But look closer and you start to see new shapes and details form. This is much more of a design evolution than revolution (perhaps that’s coming with the electrified future) which is no bad thing and has done wonders for the likes of great competitor Porsche who just released their new 911 GT3. Game on?

While the German car is very much a track focused product and sitting in a different (lower) financial bracket, the Artura does what McLaren’s have always done well: look slick, be devastatingly quick, and offer something different to the Italian mob.

The Artura is really about the immediate future while preparing for the longer game, satisfying ever stringent emission laws which will make cars like this increasingly very difficult to make. As much as many different departments and teams go into creating a car like this, the headline story is very much about McLaren’s engineering team and how they’ve managed to create a series production hybrid supercar. 

McLaren’s new Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) is at the very core of the car, optimised to handle hybrid setups and includes a bespoke battery compartment and innovative domain-based ethernet electrical architecture which is said to reduce cabling by 25 percent while speeding up data transmission. Thanks to all the weight saving the car weighs in at 1,395kg dry or a kerbweight of 1,498kg.

Powering the Artura is an all-new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an E-motor and energy-dense battery pack when combined produces 680PS (671bhp) and 720Nm (530lb ft). The engine alone produces 585PS (577bhp) and 585Nm, revving out to 8,500rpm. McLaren are quick to talk up the pure EV mode for emissions-free driving of up to (an unconfirmed) 30km and full plug-in hybrid (PHEV) capability which can be charged to an 80 percent charge level in just 2.5 hours.

Performance is blisteringly quick as you’d expect: 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds; 0-200km/h in 8.3 seconds; and 0-300km/h in 21.5 seconds, all claimed figures. No doubt aiding those times will be the lightning fast shift times with the all-new lightweight eight-speed transmission that integrates McLaren’s first electronic-differential.

The new rear suspension concept pairs a top upper wishbone with two lower links and a tie rod in front of the wheel centre, all in an effort to keep the car stable under braking and increase precision, while reducing understeer out of a corner while accelerating.

Carbon ceramic brakes and lightweight aluminium calipers pinched from McLaren’s LT series cars ensures braking will be mega. 

Inside, some interesting things are going on. It still looks like a McLaren but there are changes such as a more driver focused dash. There are two high-definition screens and the driver can choose from four Powertrain modes. There’s an all-new Clubsport seat which pivots as one through an elliptical arc when adjusted. Tall folk rejoice, those of 6ft 4in/193cm in height will be able to comfortably fit within the car with plenty of knee and legroom.

Every Artura comes with a five-year vehicle warranty, a six-year battery warranty and 10-year body warranty.

In the UK it’s priced from £185,500 GBP.

To geek out on even more Artura details visit McLaren.

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