McLaren Artura hybrid supercar debut date announcedFebruary 1, 2021
The official premiere of the novelty is scheduled for February 16 and it will be the first completely new McLaren in a long time.
McLaren is gearing up to officially unveil a brand new hybrid supercar called Artura. The head of the company claims that “every element” is new, from the platform and the hybrid powertrain to the interior design and car name.
That being said, leaked patent images and spy shots suggest the exterior design won’t be a significant departure from the company’s style. However, there is not much left to wait to be sure what the new product will be, since the world premiere is scheduled for February 16 in Europe (February 17 in China).
A dedicated website created by McLaren announces that the big debut will be streamed live as part of a high-tech augmented reality event.
McLaren’s first production hybrid will combine a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor, with power from both sources being fed to the rear axle. The Artura is believed to be a plug-in hybrid with a range of around 32km on pure electricity, and McLaren’s new lightweight carbon architecture (MCLA) offset the added weight of the batteries.
The internal combustion engine and electric motor are rumored to have a combined horsepower of well over 600 horsepower, making the Artura much stronger than the 562-horsepower 570S. The instantaneous torque of the electric motor will be an added bonus and should help offset the anticipated weight gain of 20 to 30 kg.
For McLaren, this is the dawn of a new era, and it shows that even supercar boutiques are not immune to the downsizing trend, which in most cases is associated with the transition to electrification. McLaren Artura promises to deliver “ultralight engineering, exceptional power, electrification and racing agility” to deliver “uniquely intense driving.”
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