McLaren embraces a hybridized future of high performance with the sculptural 2022 Artura supercar. The newly introduced mid-engine two-seater rides on a new lightweight platform. It also pairs a twin-turbo V-6–the company’s first–with a battery-electric powertrain to create a plug-in-hybrid model–another first. The duo generates a combined 671 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Performance estimates are highlighted by a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Its bodywork is pure McLaren, complete with prominent air vents and scissor-style doors. Along with a more premium and spacious interior than the 720S, the 2022 Artura offers several convenience and driver-assistance features.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Artura is powered by a new hybrid twin-turbo V-6 that makes a combined 671 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine is supplemented by an e-motor located within the housing of the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and it’s juiced by a 7.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the rear of the cabin. McLaren says the new powertrain will even provide a “medium-range” of all-electric operation. It’ll also provide hold-on-to-your-hats acceleration, with an estimated 3.0-second run from zero to 60 mph and on its way to 124 and 186 mph in 8.3 and 21.5 seconds, respectively. Its top speed is electronically limited to 205 mph. The Artura is also the first McLaren to ride on the company’s new Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which is said to be lighter than its predecessor’s structure.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither the EPA nor McLaren have announced how efficient the Artura will be in the city or on the highway. Once those ratings are released and we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Artura largely demonstrates McLaren’s function-before-fashion approach. However, the cabin is dressed up with snazzier materials, such as leather and microsuede. There’s also less visible carbon fiber than is typical on other models. Still, the company is known for its minimalist cabin designs that limit the presence of physical switchgear and include steering wheels that are free of buttons and the Artura is no exception. It comes standard with power-adjustable seats, and the McLaren looks to have excellent outward visibility to help drivers place the car precisely on the road or the racetrack. While it’s not as capacious as the McLaren GT, the Artura boasts 6 cubic feet of luggage space in the front trunk.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Although the infotainment system in McLaren is typically an afterthought for shoppers, the Artura boasts a prominent 8.0-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen with customary features. This includes Bluetooth connectivity, built-in navigation, a SiriusXM satellite radio, and a selection of audio equipment. Those who want to keep their car as light as possible will prefer a stereo with fewer speakers while others might want to upgrade to a more powerful surround-sound system.