Wednesday, February 17, 2021

McLaren Opens New Chapter in Its Supercar History with All-New 2022 Artura


Don’t let the looks fool you—it may look like an evolutionary take on McLaren design, but the Artura is the start of a new chapter for the British supercar maker.

Its first series-production hybrid supercar, the Artura is built from the ground up focusing on shedding weight. The McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture is a holistic take on weight reduction resulting in this supercar weighing in at 1,498 kilograms—comparable to non-hybrid supercars.



Together with diet, the Artura is powered by McLaren’s all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Weighing less than the brand’s V8 engine, it produces 585 horsepower and 584 Nm of torque. Working together with the M630 engine is an electric motor located inside the transmission bell housing. This e-motor makes 95 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque. All in all, the combined outputs are 680 horsepower and 720 Nm of torque.

0 to 100 km/h in done in about 3 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in 21.5 seconds. Top speed? A cool 330 km/h.

Interestingly enough, e-motor means that the Artura negates the need for a reverse gear as it simply rotates in the opposite direction when backing up.



The Artura’s e-motor is also connected to a lithium-ion battery pack giving it a pure EV range of around 30 kilometers. Moreover, it’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) contributing to a 21 km/L fuel economy figure.

The Artura also uses an ethernet architecture which speeds up data transmission on all onboard systems by 25 percent. This lightweight system—about 10 percent lighter compared to a conventional wiring harness—also allows it to gain advanced driver assist tech such as adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. The systems can also be updated “over the air.”

Underneath, McLaren engineers focused to give the Artura rear-end controllability. With that, it debuts an electronically controlled differential to independently control torque across the rear axle.



Even the tires didn’t escape the engineers’ scrutiny. Thanks to an electronic chip embedded inside each Pirelli P Zero tire, the Artura continuously adjusts its stability control systems to optimize tire performance. The tires also contain a sound absorbing device on the inside wall to reduce vibration and noise.

Among the list of Artura features include a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power adjustable “Comfort Seats,” and a Practicality Pack which can lift the front nose to avoid scrapping it on humps and driveways, power folding mirrors, and soft closing doors.

McLaren says deliveries of the Artura will start in the third quarter of 2021.

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