The McLaren Artura is an impressive electric vehicle (EV) that operates quietly in pure EV mode. Despite its modest output of 70 kW and 225 Nm, it is suitable for city driving and even includes features like adaptive cruise control. However, when switched to Comfort mode, the car truly comes to life. With a powerful V6 engine, the Artura delivers 430 kW and 585 Nm on its own and a whopping 500 kW and 720 Nm when combined with the electric motor. It boasts impressive acceleration, with a 0-100 km/h time of 3 seconds and a 0-200 km/h time of 8.3 seconds.
The Artura’s weight is listed as 1395 kg, making it lighter than its Ferrari counterpart. It offers four suspension modes, controlled by a toggle switch on the instrument panel. The steering wheel is kept minimalist, without any switches or buttons, showcasing the car’s analog feel. The lack of regenerative braking and the use of hydraulic steering further contribute to this vintage vibe.
In terms of design, the Artura maintains the distinctive McLaren appearance. Its aluminum body is compact yet spacious inside, comfortably accommodating two occupants. Visibility is good, and the controls are user-friendly. Storage space is limited, with a small parcel shelf and a small front trunk. Maneuvering in the city requires frequent use of the nose lifter button to navigate speed bumps and driveways.
While the Artura’s hybrid system allows for performance-focused driving, it is unlikely that owners will regularly charge the battery. The car’s design favors recharging through the engine rather than relying heavily on external power sources. Additionally, certain aspects of the Artura’s build quality feel flimsy, such as the engine panel and the rear window “flying buttresses.” Highway driving can be noisy due to the car’s lightweight design.
Despite its innovative features, the Artura may not be immediately recognizable to the average observer. It closely resembles other McLaren models, but its underlying technology sets it apart. McLaren enthusiasts and early adopters, however, will certainly appreciate its unique qualities. The car’s mere presence garners attention and turns heads on the road.
Here are some key details about the McLaren Artura:
– Price: Starting from $449,500 (excluding on-road costs); as tested, $510,941
– Engine: 3-liter turbocharged V6 (petrol) with electric motor and 7.4 kWh battery pack
– Power/Torque: 500 kW/720 Nm (combined)
– Fuel Economy: 4.6 L/100 km (combined cycle, Euro figure)
– CO2 Emissions: 129 g/km (Euro figure)
In conclusion, the McLaren Artura is an impressive and eye-catching vehicle that combines electric power with high-performance capabilities. It offers a unique driving experience, blending the quietness and efficiency of EV mode with the exhilaration provided by its powerful engine. While some aspects of its build may not inspire complete confidence, it remains a remarkable car that appeals to McLaren enthusiasts and those seeking a truly exciting driving experience.