For a kick-off, it’s the first real step in the wholesale electrification of the marque’s range, as its first series-production hybrid, of more to come, with full-electrification in McLaren’s not-too-distant future. The Artura will be what McLaren calls a ‘High-Performance-Hybrid’ and we’ve no reason to doubt that.
Then, perhaps more tangibly for those familiar with McLaren Automotive products released to date, the Artura will also debut the marque’s new twin-turbocharged V6 engine. When not calling upon the full system output of that V6 and the hybrid powertrain, the Artura will also be capable of zero-emission driving for an as-yet-undisclosed distance.
Worried about the extra weight of the hybrid tech? Fear not. It’s claimed the extra paunch has been offset with “the application of weight-saving technologies throughout the chassis, body and powertrain.” Speaking of the chassis, the Artura debuts the all-new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture, or MCLA for short. It’s been developed to snugly accommodate electrification from day-one. This platform is also significant in that it’s been developed and will be manufactured fully in-house, at McLaren’s new Composites Technology Centre.