@ Vikash Sharma | Sr Journalist
India: The distillation of six decades of McLaren’s expertise and experience in race- and road-car engineering
Next-generation supercar blends thrilling performance, driving dynamics and engagement with pure EV driving capability
The Artura has four powertrain modes, covering every driving requirement: E-mode, Comfort, Sport and Track First model built on all-new carbon fibre McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) contributing to best-in-class kerb weight (DIN) of just 1,498kg
Revolutionary twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine combined with E-motor and energy-dense battery pack, produces 680PS (671bhp) and 720 Nm (530lb ft).
British luxury high performance supercar-maker McLaren Automotive has today launched the all-new McLaren Artura in India. The launch marks the beginning of a new chapter for the pioneering luxury supercar company and a new era in supercar technology and performance for Indian customers.
McLaren’s range of supercars and hypercars are the epitome of high technology and super lightweight engineering, combined with cutting-edge design, innovation and personalisation that deliver breath-taking experiences. McLaren’s cars are designed at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, England before being hand-built at the adjoining McLaren Production Centre.
Underpinned by the McLaren philosophy of super-lightweight engineering gleaned from and honed across six decades of motor racing at the highest levels, the Artura is a distillation of every attribute inherent in a McLaren. It combines faster throttle response, lower emissions, and ability to run in pure EV mode, thanks to its ground-breaking electrified powertrain. The McLaren Artura has four powertrain modes, covering every driving requirement: E-mode, Comfort, Sport and Track. E-mode is the default for silent start-up and zero-emissions, fully-electric driving.
In Comfort mode, the V6 petrol engine runs in tandem with the E-motor, with maximum assistance for fuel saving. In Sport mode, the E-motor provides torque infill at lower revs, while the V6 targets maximum performance. Track mode delivers the same blend of hybridised power, with transmission software delivering faster shifts.
Following a highly successful first year in the Indian market, McLaren’s latest and 41st territory, McLaren is poised to introduce the Artura to its loyal customers and fans. This also indicates that McLaren has become a trusted destination for those seeking the ultimate in luxury supercars.
“We are thrilled to bring the all-new McLaren Artura to India, offering our customers the latest in automotive technology and design. Our impact in the Indian market in our first year has been outstanding, and we look forward to continuing to provide our customers with exceptional service and the ultimate driving experience,” says Paul Harris, Managing Director – APAC and China, McLaren Automotive
“We look forward to continuing to provide the finest customer service and thrilling driving experiences and with the introduction of the hybrid McLaren Artura supercar, we aim to provide our customers with the most cutting-edge automotive technology and design,” says Lalit Choudary, Chairman & Managing Director, McLaren Mumbai
The McLaren Artura is the first model to have the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which sets new standards for advanced, flexible chassis design and has been optimised for hybrid applications through bespoke battery compartment, domain-based ethernet electrical architecture, as well as electrical heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (eHVAC) system. The redesigned platform works in conjunction with a variety of weight-reduction measures to produce a class-leading lightest dry weight of 1,395kg and a DIN kerb weight of 1,498kg.
At the heart of the Artura’s all-new powertrain is a lightweight 2,993cc twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, paired to a bespoke eight-speed transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack, which provides the supercar with instant torque and improved throttle response. The package generates a combined power output of 680PS (671 bhp) and 720 Nm of torque, which translates to a class-leading power-to-weight ratio of 488PS per tonne. The Artura’s top speed is electronically limited to 330km/h with 0-100km/h reached in just 3.0 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 8.3 seconds.
The Artura has full Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) capability and can be charged to an 80% level in just 2.5 hours. The battery pack can also harvest power from the combustion engine during driving, tailored to the driving mode selected. This solution provides the driver with a unique ability to enjoy the car in silent, pure EV mode with a range of up to 31km and a top speed of 130km/h. The engineering artistry beneath the Artura’s skin is complemented by its exterior design, which gives the car a ‘shrink-wrapped’ appearance and pushes the McLaren design language seen in recent models to a new level. The technical sculpture of the car has been conceived to optimise aerodynamic performance, as well as cooling, and is driven by the McLaren design principle of ‘everything for a reason’.
Every McLaren cockpit is built around the driver, but the Artura brings a new level of meaning to that principle. The driving experience is enhanced through a new Digital Instrument Cluster mounted to the steering column, so it moves in conjunction with the steering wheel. The Artura is the most fuel-efficient McLaren ever produced, with a 104g/km CO2 emissions rating and a 4.6l/100km combined EU WLTP fuel consumption rating. It also features an all-new interior with advanced driver assistance systems and smartphone mirroring. The car has a 5-year vehicle warranty, 6-year battery warranty, 10-year body perforation corrosion warranty, and 3-year service plan.