McLaren Artura: V6 hybrid supercar coming in 2021

Published: 24 November 2020

► Woking's electrification begins in 2021
► V6 twin-turbo with electric power, 
► Has an EV-only mode

McLaren’s new high-performance has a name; it’s called Artura, and it’s scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2021. It’ll be the third electrified McLaren when it does arrive, but the first production hybrid supercar: Woking classes the Speedtail as a ‘Hyper GT’ and the P1 as a ‘hypercar’, obviously. It’ll also be the first car to use McLaren’s all-new hybrid-optimised platform.

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‘Every element of the Artura is all-new – from the platform architecture and every part of the High-Performance Hybrid powertrain, to the exterior body, interior and cutting-edge driver interface,’ said McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt. ‘But it draws on decades of McLaren experience in pioneering super-lightweight race and road car technologies to bring all of our expertise in electrification to the supercar class.’

Any more details?

We still don’t know what it looks like, but official spy pictures show a car that borrows heavily from the GT and 720S. Although covered in camo, it’s possible to make out something similar to the rear lights of a McLaren GT with a significantly more aggressive exhaust exit. At the front, it looks like a GT-720S hybrid, too. The styling’s no accident; it’ll sit between those two cars in Woking’s expanding supercar range. 

As expected, the Artura couples a compact twin-turbocharged V6 with hybrid power, in a newly developed powertrain and chassis combination. Woking believes it’ll have the top-end and power of a V8, but the low-down torque response you can only achieve from a blown, electrified solution. 

Unlike some other hybrid supercars, the electric component of the new hybrid McLaren will support an EV-only mode for emission free driving. The range of that mode is yet to be confirmed.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast