McLaren’s stunning Artura high-performance hybrid supercar (pictured above) was on display at the recent British Motor Show (August 19-22) at the Farnborough Exhibition Centre.
Eye-catching to a fault in bold ember orange, the Artura’s show appearance follows on from its public dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
The first car in its class to embrace electrification, the Artura remains true to the McLaren tradition of innovation in order to preserve its character as a lightweight supercar, despite the addition of an electrified drivetrain.
Evolving technology first developed for the Ultimate Series P1TM and Speedtail hybrid hypercars, the plug-in hybrid Artura delivers scintillating performance and handling, while also being capable of low emissions and up to 30km of near-silent running in electric-only mode.
Priced from £185,500, the Artura debuts a lightweight carbon fibre-based architecture – built at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre in the Sheffield region – and an all-new powertrain. This incorporates an all-new 120°-angle twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6, assisted by a compact 94bhp axial-flux E-motor. Combined output of 680PSand 720Nm and a DIN weight of 1,498kg enables blistering acceleration of 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds; 0-200km/h in 8.3 seconds; and 0-300km/h in 21.5 seconds.
The Artura was joined at the show by a full range of McLaren series production cars, including the 720S in both Coupe and Spider form. Appearing in storm grey, the 720S remains the benchmark supercar, with a twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 engine generating 720PS and carbon fibre chassis with Proactive Chassis Control II suspension and active aerodynamics to deliver class-leading ride and handling on both road and track. The 720S Spider – presented in papaya spark – adds a one-piece retractable hard top that opens and closes in just 11 seconds yet is less than 50kg heavier than the coupe and with equally capable chassis dynamics.
Also on display at the British Motor Show was a McLaren GT finished in serpentine, which combines the McLaren driving experience with everyday usability from its sleek and subtle styling and generous 570-litre luggage capacity to its cosseting interior trimmed with luxurious materials, hidden-until-lit features and Bowers and Wilkins audio system.
Brett Soso, managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa, McLaren Automotive, said: “The Artura represents the full force of McLaren – not just our first ten years as a volume luxury supercar manufacturer, but six decades of innovation and success in high performance. It joins our acclaimed series production range alongside the 720S – the benchmark supercar – and the GT, our most accessible high-performance car yet.”