A year back, when Formula 1 was entering the hybrid era of racing, in 2013 McLaren revealed their first-ever plug-in-hybrid hypercar, the P1, Under the hood of the P1 sits the 3.8L twin-turbo V8 combined with an in-house produced electric motor by McLaren, which generates a whopping output of 903hp and 900Nm of peak torque, and from standstill to 100km can be covered up in just 2.8 seconds, which makes it a monster of a car till date, even Jeremy Clarkson pooped his pants while driving it on the track in the ‘Top Gear’ and in ‘The Grand Tour’.
Then in 2021, McLaren revealed another PHEV, called the Artura, as an entry-level McLaren, successor to the 570S, and today McLaren launched it in India as well at ₹5.1 Crore (ex-showroom) before options, which uses the same technology inspired by the mighty P1 hypercar, but with the deletion of 2 cylinders because the Artura is the first McLaren which is powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 combined with a 7.4 kWh electric motor, generates 671hp @7,500rpm and 720Nm of peak torque @2,250rpm, all this power goes to the rear wheels via a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission developed by the McLaren, tops out at 330kmph, and 0-100km can be achieved in just under 3.0 seconds, which is almost 0.2 seconds slower than its big brother P1.
Talking about the design, the Artura’s front end looks like it is a mixture of both, the McLaren P1 and The McLaren 720S, cause it gets the front hood lines like the P1 and some of the aero bits will remind you of the 720S, over the front fenders it gets gills to feed air to the front tyres and brakes, and those gills are also serve the purpose for the Artura’s aerodynamics as well, from the side it gets 19″ alloys on the front and 20″ at the rear and McLaren offers 3 different alloy wheel designs with the Artura to choose from, like every McLaren gets doors that open upwards like a proper supercar, the Artura follows the same tradition as well, behind the doors are the vents that feed air to the engine bay and to the rear brakes and tyres, from the rear, to reduce the engine temperature even more, McLaren has designed a chimney placed on the engine hood, to let the hot air out from the turbos, the Artura gets sleeker and thinner looking taillights, which gives it a unique touch from the rear, gets dual-exhaust setup, and a big diffuser under the rear bumper.
The interior layout of the Artura looks similar to what every modern McLaren gets, but it also has some upgrades, like the drive mode switches and suspension mode switches with the selector are now mounted with the new 12″ instrument cluster, and if the LFA’s moving instrument cluster has never blown your mind, in the McLaren Artura you can adjust the instrument cluster along with the steering wheel automatically according to the driver’s preference, inside the instrument cluster with the comfort, sport and track, you can switch the Artura in electric mode as well, where it provides a decent electric-only range of about 31kms.
You get 2 ways to open the doors from the inside, one is the automatic door release button on the door panel or a fabric latch to open it if the automatic release button doesn’t work, talking about practicality, the Artura gets door pockets for bottles, it also gets space under the centre armrest with the USB ports, and like many other 2-seat supercars, it also has some space behind the seats as well, talking about the infotainment system, it is now of 15″ with the Artura tilted towards the driver, you can control ambient lighting, has both Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity, you can control clime through it as well, and it also features a 360-degree parking camera as well, and McLaren offers both comfort seats with memory function and club-sports bucket seats with the Artura.
Currently, in the Indian market, there is only one direct rival available to the McLaren Artura, the Ferrari 296 GTB, which generates 147 more horsepower and 20Nm more torque but also costs ₹30 Lakh more than the Artura, and the 296 GTB can do 0-100km in 2.9 seconds, which is only 0.1 seconds faster than the Artura. But there is one non-hybrid supercar in the Indian market that can give you thrills like both of those cars but will also cost almost ₹2 crores less from both of them, it is the Lamborghini Huracan EVO RWD with the 5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10 powerhouse under its hood.