The all-new 500kW electrified McLaren Artura will replace the brand's outgoing Sport Series models, slotting into the range between the McLaren GT and flagship 720S.
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  • 2021 McLaren Artura detailed
  • All-new plug-in hybrid power unit produces 500kW/720Nm
  • Model replaces outgoing Sport Series models (540C, 570GT, and 570GT).
  • First examples to arrive locally in the third quarter of 2020

The all-new 2021 McLaren Artura has been officially unveiled, with the first Australian examples slated for customer delivery no later than September 2021.

The Artura is McLaren's first series-production plug-in hybrid, combining a mid-mounted 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with a rear-mounted electric motor for a total output of 500kW and 720Nm. This is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a bespoke eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

It is the brand's first model built on the new MCLA carbon fibre architecture revealed in August 2020, and the Artura's high-tensile monocoque tub helps keep the total weight down to 1395kg – 24kg lighter than the non-electrified flagship 720S model (albeit, the 720S is powered by a heavier 4.0-litre V8 engine).

The relatively low weight – and instant torque provided by the electric motor – allows the car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.0 seconds, on the way to an electronically-capped top speed of 330km/h.

According to McLaren, 0-200km/h is achieved in 8.3 seconds, while 0-300km/h takes 21.5 seconds.

The Artura is also the brand’s most fuel-efficient vehicle, with a claimed combined consumption of just 5.5 litres per 100km when driving in hybrid mode. The integrated 7.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack – which takes 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80 per cent – allows for an estimated 30 kilometres of all-electric driving, at up to a maximum speed of 130km/h.

The all-new cabin features a centre-mounted 8.0-inch touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as standard.

This interface can also be used to optimise set up and select from four drive mode configurations: Electric, Comfort, Sport and Track.

Contact with the road comes via a set of sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, wrapped around 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels.

Carbon-ceramic brake discs are fitted as standard, clamped by six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston callipers at the rear. This set-up allows the car to decelerate from 100km/h back to zero in an estimated 31 metres.

The vehicle also features an all-new rear suspension set-up, alongside an electrically-controlled differential.

Local pricing is yet to be confirmed, however will likely start from about $445,000 plus on-road costs. This will slot it directly between the entry-level McLaren GT and flagship 720S in the line-up.