KEY POINTS

  • The 2022 Artura is not McLaren’s initial attempt at a hybrid powertrain
  • Embedded within each of its four Pirelli tires are advanced pressure and temperature sensors
  • It should compete against Ferrari's rumored F171 hybrid

As consumers welcome eco-friendly alternatives to combustion engines, the world’s leading carmakers have announced plans to shift to all-electric configurations in the coming years. McLaren – just like most luxury marques that produce high-performance machines – seem to be making the gradual transition as well. This is evident with the debut of its 2022 Artura.

The 2022 Artura is not McLaren’s initial attempt at a hybrid powertrain. That honor goes to the P1 hypercar, which was introduced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The coupe was equipped with a 727-horsepower 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and a 177-horsepower electric motor.

As indicated by the manufacturer,  the P1 hypercar was rated at 903-horsepower with 664 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, testing show it is capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in just 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. It was an exclusive production run of only 375 examples, which were all spoken for in a matter of months since its unveiling.

McLaren is following up with another hybrid model but opted for modest specifications in contrast to the P1. The 2022 Artura is endowed with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that cranks out 577 horsepower with 431 lb-ft of torque.

Meanwhile, the accompanying “E-Motor” supplies an additional 94 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque for a combined output of 671 horsepower with 593 lb-ft of torque. Track testing shows it can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and maxes off at 205 mph.

Completing this hybrid powertrain is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Another advantage of the hybrid setup is the smoother acceleration. The “E-Motor” supplies power in-between gear shifts to reduce the delay amid the changeover.

An interesting detail that CNN pointed out is the absence of a reverse gear. On the other hand, McLaren engineered a workaround that engages the electric motor system to spin in the opposite direction to move the 2022 Artura backward.

Embedded within each of four Pirelli tires are advanced pressure and temperature sensors that wirelessly relay essential information to the driver.  The hybrid supercar can run 19 miles in pure electric mode, and its integrated lithium batteries can be charged through a power outlet or via regenerative braking.

It is also the first model in the British automaker’s catalog that uses the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA). This uses a combination of super-formed aluminum and carbon fiber for exceptional weight management. The McLaren Artura is expected to retail for $225,000 and should compete against Ferrari's rumored F171 hybrid.

McLaren Artura McLaren unveils the Artura hybrid supercar Photo: McLaren Automotive