The Artura might be one of the most important models in McLaren Automotive’s (admittedly short) history, as the company battles with financial troubles while they attempt to move towards electrification at the same time. So for such a special car, we had to do something special to match, too – not only did we fly all the way to Marbella, Spain to review the car, we also brought our former editor Matt back for this special occasion!
The name ‘Artura’ is a portmanteau between ‘Art’ and ‘Futura’, the former describing the brand’s new design language which debuted with the car, and the latter referring to its future, as in, electrified future.
That’s because the Artura is built on the company’s latest McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which has been designed specifically for its future electrified models. And sure enough, there’s an electrified plug-in hybrid powertrain underneath the unique rear deck.
Powering the McLaren Artura is a hybrid V6 engine, which pairs the brand new 3.0-litre twin-turbo hot V6 petrol engine with an electric motor on the rear axle. All together, the entire powertrain makes a total system output of 680 hp and 720 Nm, with power sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Despite the additional hybrid battery and motor, the McLaren Artura still only weighs 1,498 kg when parked by the kerbside, or just 27 kg more than a 720S. We’ll leave it to Matt to tell you how all that translates to actual driving performance in the video above.