The combination is unbeatable
McLaren Artura – sports driving duo
McLaren’s first plug-in hybrid has two very clear goals: lower emissions, more excitement. Each drive component of the Artura is a high average at best. But in combination, the V6, electric motor and battery make the Britannica a true super sports car.
95 hp, a top speed of 130 km / h and a range of 31 kilometers on a fully charged battery – instead of starting in pole position, as is usually the case, the new McLaren Artura starts at the far end of Electric Avenue. Because if you buy the first plug-in hybrid from the British carmaker at prices starting from 230,500 euros just for its electrical components, it is better to use it with a Mercedes GLA or a Renault Captur. And if you’re just looking for the combustion engine, you’ll also find better alternatives in this league than a 3.0-liter V6 engine, which two chargers bring to 585 horsepower. But in combination, the two engines are unbeatable.
Three good reasons
Firstly, as the power reaches 680hp, the combined torque rises to 720 Newton meters and the Artura has fabulous driving performance. Not for nothing it accelerates to 100 km / h in 3.0 seconds, has 200 things on the digital speedometer after 8.3 seconds and stops running only at 330 km / h.
Second, because the two engines complement each other perfectly and compensate each for the other’s weaknesses: the Stromer always activates when the combustion engine comes out of step very, very briefly during gear shifting, and provides a boost that seems unlikely. never give up . And the V6 likes to go a little higher than necessary to use the excess power to produce so much electricity that the electric motor never runs out.
And thirdly, because McLaren doesn’t install a huge battery for record range, but looks at every kilogram instead of kilometers and is limited to just 7.4 kWh. The hybrid package itself therefore weighs only 150 kilograms. And because much of this is offset by the carbon frame, aluminum foil or ultra-thin windows, the Artura weighs 1498 pounds less than some conventional sports cars in this championship. A circumstance that is noted far beyond the longitudinal dynamics. Because the insane acceleration comes with road holding and above all precision that is second to none. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a narrow country road or right on the track, the Artura holds the course and you have to play with the electronics and throttle like a virtuoso to lure the rear out of its reserve.
Emotions to the stars
While the excitement in this car skyrockets with every burst of gas, despite the somewhat muffled sound, emissions drop to new record values: at 4.6 liters, the Artura isn’t just the cheapest McLaren of all. times, but on paper it’s even more frugal than a VW Golf. And while this is, of course, a beautifully calculated poem from the dyno and hardly anyone will really take a 2.5 hour break on tap, the car can be driven through everyday life at single-digit values. without sacrificing the fun, which is a real milestone.
The unit could be a revolution for McLaren, the look is more evolutionary. Although the carbon frame is completely new and this time made in-house, the Artura 4.54 meters long, 1.98 wide and 1.19 flat looks strikingly similar to conventional coupes.
Only on the inside do the British dare a step bigger. There are digital tools, an infotainment screen that floats in front of the center tunnel like an oversized smartwatch, and the crucial buttons to set handling and performance are finally positioned so you can reach them with your hands on the wheel.
However, thanks to the pandemic and the chip crisis, McLaren lost a few months. And somehow the developers have overcome the complex and new electronic architecture, so much so that the British have lost the advantage over the competition and now have to share pole position with the Ferrari 296 GTB. But at least they have an advantage over the competition from England and Germany. Because neither Aston Martin nor Porsche have such a concept in sight. McLaren, on the other hand, is already planning further: from 2026 each model should be electrified and shortly after the first all-electric Stromer will arrive.