The 2023 McLaren Artura introduces a new hybrid powertrain that uses a 120-degree turbocharged V-6 and an electric motor integrated into the transmission.
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The Artura’s 3.0-liter V-6 is a hot-V design, with its turbochargers mounted between the banks of cylinders. It makes 577 horsepower and 431 pound-feet of torque.
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A 34-pound electric motor mounted in the transmission contributes 94 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. Total net output is 671 horses and 531 pound-feet of torque.
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In EV mode, the Artura has 11 miles of range and a top speed of 81 mph.
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The new eight-speed transmission has no reverse gear, with backup chores handled by spinning the electric motor in reverse.
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Top speed in hybrid mode is 205 mph.
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New Pirelli tires contain sensors that tell the car not only what kind of tire they are, but temperature and air pressure as well.
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As the “entry-level” McLaren, the Artura carries a base price of $237,500.
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The Artura’s interior reimagines McLaren convention, which is to say it doesn’t look or function like the brand’s recent cars. That’s a good thing in some ways, but returning customers will need to acclimate.
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The hybrid system’s 7.4-kWh battery can be plugged in or recharged underway by the V-6. There is no regenerative braking, to preserve the feel of the brake pedal.
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To preserve feedback, steering assist is still hydraulic rather than electric.
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