McLaren Automotive are often at the forefront of innovation. When it comes to the electrification of the motoring industry, it is no different. In 2012, McLaren first debuted the McLaren P1 at the Paris Motor Show. It was considered to be the first of its kind – a hybrid hypercar - and to this day, it’s still a beloved model and considered the ultimate driver’s car by many.
Fast forward to 2022 and McLaren have done it again. Enter the McLaren Artura - next-generation hybrid supercar. A plug-in hybrid supercar, the Artura promises to herald in a new era of supercars.
What is a plug-in hybrid?
A plug-in hybrid is often described as a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle). Similar to a fully electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrids’ battery needs to be ‘plugged-in’ and charged.
A PHEV can typically complete short or local journeys on battery power alone. In this instance, the McLaren Artura can drive 19 miles, at up to 81 mph, whilst in pure EV mode. A PHEV also has a combustion engine which kicks in once the battery runs out of charge. Once the vehicle’s range is used up, it will work like a normal hybrid, until recharged again. When used effectively, the fuel economy is exceptional.
Being a hybrid model doesn’t mean sacrificing power and performance. The McLaren Artura has an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 engine working in conjunction with an E-Motor to offer an exhilarating performance of 680PS. With impressive top speeds of 205 mph (330 km/h) and reaching 0-62 mph in 3.0 seconds, the Artura is a car for the driver.