Our opinion about the McLaren Artura
The Uncovers team had the chance to see and test drive the McLaren Artura, and we’re delighted to share our thoughts on this revolutionary hybrid supercar. At first glance, the Artura impresses with its beauty, clean lines and innovative design. But beyond this seductive appearance, it hides an exceptional combination of smoothness and power, offering the perfect balance between tradition and modernity, passion and reason.
One of the most striking aspects of the Artura is its ability to combine the ferocity of a McLaren supercar with the smoothness and silence of an electric vehicle. In electric mode, it silently cruises through city streets, offering a serene and environmentally friendly ride. But once on the track, it unleashes its power and beastly roar, thrilling our passionate hearts. The Artura has a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 488 hp/ton… We’ll let you imagine its efficiency!
The alliance of passion and reason: when the thermal sports car meets the electric future
The Artura pushes the boundaries of hybrid powertrain technology. The new McLaren Carbon Fibre Lightweight (MCLA) architecture provides a lightweight, rigid and incredibly precise chassis. The heart of the Artura, its excellent twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid engine, delivers outstanding performance and unrivalled driving dynamics.
The Artura’s hybridization is unique in that it perfectly combines two strengths – a V6 petrol engine with a light and powerful electric motor – to deliver incredible performance and instant torque. Some purists may see this as a lack of nobility, but in terms of power-to-weight ratio, it is a sensible and judicious choice, in line with the manufacturer’s philosophy: LIGHTNESS IS PRICELESS.
The new McLaren hybrid supercar does not use regenerative charging, which means it does not recover energy while driving to recharge the battery. Hybridisation is designed to be invisible in dynamic driving and to deliver its benefits in urban traffic. The transition between the power of the petrol engine and the electric motor is smooth and optimised to make the most of both available energy sources. During our test drives, we noticed that it fully deserves its nickname of Performance Hybrid. In order to keep the battery charged, dynamic driving is required. It is not necessary to drive fast to recharge the battery, but it is advisable to play with the gears and to work on the torque in order to maximise the charge.
The Artura is equipped with hydraulic steering, not electric steering, which is becoming more and more unusual these days. The Artura has a hydraulic steering system, not an electric one, which is becoming more and more unusual these days, and it offers a more direct and natural driving experience. The driver is at one with the road and the feeling is unfiltered. Its dry weight of just 1,395 kg makes it the lightest plug-in hybrid supercar on the market. Its low weight, combined with an extremely low centre of gravity, allows for exceptional acceleration and handling.
The hybrid supercar is also equipped with an innovative 8-speed gearbox that does not require a reverse gear: it uses the electric motor to move the car in reverse, saving weight and reducing complexity.
The Artura offers an exhilarating combination of unrivalled performance and driving dynamics, whether in petrol or quiet electric mode.
- McLaren Carbon Fibre Architecture (MCLA): lightweight, rigid and strong
- V6 twin-turbo petrol hybrid engine: powerful and light
- Innovative 8-speed gearbox: no reverse, uses electric motor for reverse
- Dry weight of 1395 kg: lightest hybrid in its class
- Low-mounted high-voltage (HV) battery for a low, balanced and perfectly optimised centre of gravity
- 120° twin-turbo V6 engine: exceptional power-to-weight ratio
- No regenerative charging: saving weight and complexity
- Electro-hydraulic power steering: improved driving experience
- Carbon ceramic brakes: high braking power and remarkable endurance
- Pirelli P-ZERO™ tyres with Pirelli Cyber Tyre® technology: constant tyre supervision
- Electronic differential (E-Differential) and proactive damping control: maximum control for greater safety
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS): useful technical support, but fortunately, it’s not needed
- Driving modes: E-Mode, Comfort, Sport and Track, to adapt to different conditions
What also struck us was how the Artura represents a perfect bridge between the old and new worlds. On the one hand, it carries on the McLaren supercar tradition, with its breathtaking performance and sharp design. On the other, it looks to the future, incorporating cutting-edge technology and adopting an eco-friendly approach. This combination makes the Artura a true masterpiece, appealing to purists and newcomers alike.
In summary, the Uncovers team is delighted with the McLaren Artura. Its bold design, breathtaking performance and commitment to sustainability make it an exceptional supercar. With the Artura, McLaren has taken the bold step of combining passion and reason, tradition and modernity, to create a car that will undoubtedly make automotive history.
300 km of wonderment on board the McLaren Artura: an unforgettable experience
Driving the Artura, McLaren’s electric supercar, we had a fabulous experience over 300 kilometres of pure pleasure. The car is a perfect combination of performance, luxury and environmental friendliness. Thanks to its modern and elegant design, it is an eye-catcher wherever it goes.
Our journey took us to the magnificent Château de Berne, an iconic and prestigious location in the south of France. The owners of the estate gave us a warm welcome and were very helpful throughout our stay. The idyllic setting enhanced the Artura’s lines and allowed us to take stunning photos to illustrate our article.
The Château de Berne is an ideal place to showcase the beauty and power of the McLaren Artura. The vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees that surround the estate provide an enchanting natural backdrop that is perfectly suited to this sublime supercar.
We were impressed by the Artura, its performance and handling. The transition from electric to petrol mode is imperceptible, and the power delivered by the engine is simply breathtaking. Driving this supercar is a unique experience, combining the passion of speed with ecological responsibility.
The technology in the Artura is a testament to McLaren’s innovation and expertise in sports cars. The digital instrument panel and intuitive controls make driving a pleasant and immersive experience. The quality of the central digital audio + GPS unit is impressive: the handling is ultra fast, the ergonomics of the 8-inch HD touch screen infotainment system is perfect. The advanced driving assistance settings are very intuitive. In addition, the quality of the cabin and interior finishes is impeccable, in keeping with the British brand.
We would like to thank the Château de Berne for their hospitality and generosity. This exceptional estate helped make our experience in the Artura even more memorable. We invite you to discover the photos of our escapade in this electric supercar in our article, and let yourself be seduced by the magic of the photos.
Useful information about McLaren Artura
For readers interested in the McLaren Artura and wanting more information, we have put together some useful sources and links. First of all, the official McLaren website offers a detailed presentation of the Artura, as well as a lot of technical information and stunning visuals. You can access it via this link: https://cars.mclaren.com/en/artura
To learn more about the Artura, we also recommend that you follow McLaren on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to keep up to date with the latest Artura news and events.
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