The Artura doesn’t deviate too far from McLarens usual styling cues, but the engineering changes run far deeper than what first meets the eye. To start, it features a new engine, gearbox, hybrid system and chassis which in itself shows that McLaren weren’t taking any shortcuts when its nearest rival is the Ferrari 296 GTB. The new carbon tub has been renamed the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) which has the new 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 hybrid bolted directly to it. Very few components are shared from McLaren’s existing Sports Series such as the 570S. The gearbox is now an 8-Speed Seamless Shift due to the job of the reverse being left to the 94bhp electric motor that sits directly next to it.
Not only does the new Artura harness hybrid technology, but it is also a plug-in hybrid that only weighs 60kg more than the 570S. This is impressive considering the extra wiring used and the addition of an electric motor with batteries. This new hybrid technology propels the Artura from 0-62mph in 3 seconds flat.
A first for McLaren road-cars is an e-diff, which replaces McLaren Brake Steer. McLaren road cars usually run with open differentials, which when combined with the new multi-link rear suspension setup and the array of other new features, goes to show how far McLaren have gone in re-engineering their supercars of the future.