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680 hp for the plug-in hybrid supercar

After a long wait, McLaren officially unveils the Artura, the new plug-in hybrid supercar.

The time has come for electrification and the upper echelons of sports cars will not escape it. To endure, manufacturers and automobiles have no other choice than to embrace electrical technology, whether total or partial. While reserved for the brand’s hypercars (the real, limited edition technology jewels), hybrid technology is now winning supercars.


The Woking firm is opening a new chapter in its history by unveiling the Artura, the world’s first plug-in hybrid supercar. A slogan that forgets the presence on the market of the Ferrari SF90 Stradale which, with its “wide” distribution can not target the status of hypercar. This does not prevent the McLaren from being among the very first super-sports cars of the next generation.

A supercar with 129 g / km of CO2

Unlike the Honda NSX, it has a plug-in hybrid engine, made up of a new 3.0-liter M630 V6 open at 120 ° (which therefore differs from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 unit of other sports cars in the range), associated with an electrical block. By working together, the whole promises a power of 680 hp for 720 Nm of torque, including 585 hp and 585 Nm provided by the thermal block alone. The axial flow electric motor, for its part, only develops a modest value of 95 hp for 225 Nm of torque.

Ahead of the clock, the McLaren Artura promises a 0-100 km / h in 3.0 seconds, a 0-200 km / h in 8.3 seconds and a 0-300 km / h in 21.5 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 330 km / h. But these are not the only figures that the Artura aims: by taking hybrid technology, it tries to go as far as possible below the radar thresholds of ecological standards. It thus announces an average consumption close to 5.6 l / 100 km for 129 g / km of CO2. As a reminder, a McLaren 720S is credited with 276 g / km.

An electric motor that also serves as a reverse gear

The parade for such a result lies in the 7.4 kWh battery which claims 30 km of autonomy in an all-electric mode of operation. It is ultimately barely more than the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which is equipped for its part with an SK Innovation battery of 7.9 kWh. McLaren does not dwell on the AC charging power of the Artura, which can be powered via a Type 2 outlet. Woking simply announces that the recharge to 80% of the battery can be done in 2h30.

Like Lotus, McLaren puts weight at the center of the specifications. The Artura thus controls its weight gain with an electric assembly admitting only 130 kg (88 kg for the battery and 15.4 kg for the electric motor). There is also a carbon structure specially developed for this model and which will be shared with the brand’s future hybrids. The appearance of electric technology also offers sportswomen some technical pirouettes. Equipped with a reverse gear, the electric motor eliminates the need for reverse gear in the eight-speed robotic gearbox, which is then lighter and more compact. In the end, the Artura announces 1,498 kg on the scale with all the full facts.

A new era that is coming at a high price

With its plug-in hybrid technology, the McLaren offers a little more people (everything is relative) the know-how of the mark in the matter, that only a handful of privileged could benefit from it with the Speedtail. It also seems to use the electric motor in its own way in order to keep the brand’s DNA and not to explode its total mass, unlike a Honda NSX, where the installation weighs heavily on the scale. It remains to know the price of the technology, which should be close to summits without reaching the € 423,000 mark claimed by the Ferrari SF90 Stradale of 1,000 hp.

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