McLaren embraces a hybrid future of high performance with the sculptural 2023 Artura supercar. The newly launched mid-engined two-seater rides on a new lightweight platform. It also pairs a twin-turbo V-6 — the company’s first — with a battery-electric powertrain to create a plug-in hybrid model — another first. The duo generates a combined 671 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Performance estimates are highlighted by a zero-to-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Its bodywork is pure McLaren, complete with prominent air vents and scissor-style doors. Along with a more premium and spacious interior than the 720S, the 2023 Artura offers several convenience and driver assistance features.
What’s new for 2023?
The Artura is an all-new model with a hybrid V-6 powertrain and introduces a new platform (called MCLA) for the British supercar maker.
Prices and which one to buy
Priced from a cool $237,500, the Artura is available to order now, and McLaren says deliveries will be made later this year.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Artura is powered by a new hybrid twin-turbo V-6 that produces a combined 671 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine is supplemented by an e-motor located inside the housing of the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and it is juiced by a 7.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the rear of the cabin. The new powertrain even offers up to 11 miles of all-electric operation. During our initial test drive, we praised the Artura for its brisk acceleration, but we would have preferred it to get us to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds with a little more drama. The car is quick, but it can also be quite stealthy and it lacks the auditory satisfaction we like in competitive sports cars. The Artura is also the first McLaren to ride on the company’s new Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which is said to be lighter than its predecessor’s structure. Handling is razor sharp and a blast to throw on a racetrack, but it also has a softer side that makes for a more comfortable ride for commuting or freeway use.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
According to the EPA, the Artura is good for 17 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, but with the electric driving range factored in, it’s also rated for up to 39 MPGe. Once we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regime, we can evaluate its actual mpg. For more information on the Artura’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, comfort and cargo
Inside, the Artura largely demonstrates McLaren’s function-before-fashion approach. However, the cabin is dressed in tighter materials, such as leather and microsuede. There is also less visible carbon fiber than is typical on other models. Still, the company is known for its minimalist cabin designs that limit the presence of physical switchgear and include steering wheels that are free of buttons and the Artura is no exception. It comes standard with power adjustable seats, and the McLaren looks like it has excellent outward visibility to help drivers position the car precisely on the road or the racetrack. Although not as roomy as the McLaren GT, the Artura boasts 6 cubic feet of luggage space in the front trunk.
Infotainment and connectivity
While the infotainment system in a McLaren is typically an afterthought for buyers, the Artura boasts a prominent 8.0-inch vertically-oriented touchscreen with custom features. It includes Bluetooth connectivity, built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio and a variety of audio equipment. Those who want to keep their car as light as possible will prefer a stereo with fewer speakers while others may want to upgrade to a more powerful surround sound system.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
Despite its supercar status, the 2023 Artura is actually available with several driver assistance technologies—a rarity in this segment. However, its limited production and exotic nature means that it will not be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key safety features include:
- Adaptive cruise control available
- Automatic high beams available
- Available road sign recognition
Warranty and Maintenance Cover
McLaren’s limited and powertrain warranties cover five years or 45,000 miles. The British carmaker also does not provide any complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 45,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 45,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
2023 McLaren Artura
Vehicle type: mid-engine, mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
Base/As Tested: $237,500/$284,925
Options: Volcano Blue paint, $9500; Performance Spec, $9400; Technology package, $7400; Dark Stealth Diamond Cut wheel trim, $7150; sport exhaust, $6850; Black Pack, $3125; McLaren Orange brake calipers, $2200; Gloss Black Interior Package, $1600; warning triangle and first aid kit, $200
Twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 577 hp, 431 lb-ft + AC motor, 94 hp, 166 lb-ft (combined output: 671 hp, 531 lb-ft; 7.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 3.3-kW onboard charger)
Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 15.4-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc/15.0-inch ventilated cross-drilled carbon ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4
F: 235/35ZR-19 (91Y) Extra Load MC-C
R: 295/35ZR-20 (105Y) Extra Load MC-C
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Length: 178.7 inches
Width: 75.3 inches
Height: 47.0 inches
Passenger volume: 50 feet3
Hull volume: 5 feet3
Curb weight: 3443 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 2.6 sec
100 mph: 5.5 sec
130 mph: 8.8 sec
1/4-mile: 10.3 sec @ 140 mph
150 mph: 11.8 sec
170 mph: 16.1 sec
Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 3.2 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.0 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.6 sec
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 205 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 141 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 279 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 1.08 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 18 MPGe
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/17/21 mpg
Combined petrol + electricity: 39 MPGe
EV range: 11 miles
C/D TEST EXPLAINED
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