This is hard to report but we don’t believe the Artura is ready for sale. The car itself is great to drive, most of all. It’s fast and fun and has a great new cabin, even if it can be an emotional clinical touch. But we ran into some reliability issues with our test car during the launch event – and we’re not the only ones to do so.
Given that deliveries will begin next month, this is not good news, for McLaren and its customers. The potential for greatness is clearly hidden in the formula, but it needs more time to prove to reach its full potential. Up until that point, the Artura was a hard car to recommend when the competition at this level was fierce.
Artura is important to McLaren. Much. New carbon fiber platform and twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain will
laid the groundwork for pretty much every McLarens over the next decade, so it really can’t go wrong.
Therefore, the reason for its initial launch was postponed from the end of last year to now, about eight months later,
allow that Ferrari launches its own V6 hybrid engine – 296 GTB – so welcome in the meantime.
But that’s how important the Artura is to McLaren’s future, so the fact that we’ve brought it into the near-production stage.
formed on its international launch and ran into a lot of technical problems with it – some minor issues, some
no – it seems hard to make excuses. For all its speed, drama and dynamics, we’re not sure it’s ready yet, until there’s clear evidence that the technical problems it continues to have have been resolved. . This is not a good thing when it comes to any new car, let alone one where the future of a British car company has become clear.
Anyway, after saying all that, there are no such things as problems, they say, only solutions, and with this in
remember, what is the car itself like to drive? It’s excellent in many ways, a bit disappointing in some ways.
But overall, it’s really good. Even if it falls a foot or two from the Ferrari 296 GTB, that
to be fair it’s £100k more expensive than £189,200 Artura.
Separately, there is a lot to be impressed with with Artura. Its twin-turbo V6 develops a
671bhp and 720Nm of torque when 94bhp and 225Nm of electrical power are included. That is
enough to shoot it to 62mph in 3.0 seconds claimed and hit a top speed of 205mph, so it’s not only fast but ballistic.
This is partly because McLaren has managed to keep the curb weight down to just 1,498kg, which is quite deep
impressive for a vehicle carrying 130kg of battery and an e-motor.
In a word, Artura effectively replaces the company’s most popular model, 570SOccupy
Most real estate exists both dynamic and financially between GT and720S. As such, McLaren claims it heralds “a new era” for the company, so there’s also a great new design theme for the interior with more intuitive tools, new seats, a clean layout. more for all
The main controls and central touchscreen are less complicated (but better to use).
All the drive mode buttons are now fingertips on either side of the wheel, just above where the gear lever is
the position of the paddle changes, although unlike the paddle shifters themselves, these new buttons do not move when you
rotate the wheel.
Either way, it feels like a more luxurious and high-quality car than any McLaren before. Hey sit
with equally significant increases in both ride and noise filtering on the go. Same for
new powertrain, maybe quieter than you’d expect (or might want) but still deep
interesting to hear if you give it some spin. And boy love to spin, red line set at 8,500 rpm, at
the point where the engine still feels and sounds smooth and unforced.
When it comes to moving, Artura feels extremely mature and capable, perhaps even feeling too mature for her own good. It’s been fine-tuned to the point where it starts to feel a bit emotionally distant, though again it’s harder
The more you drive it, the better it is. And on a route, as long as you turn off all its new electronic aids and
summon the courage to start throwing it around a bit, Artura actually comes to life underneath your backside and
in handle. At that point, the hidden potential in this car is automatically unleashed, and it all begins
make perfect sense.
The brakes, steering, gearshifts and handling also go to another level when you tap to unlock them on
track, though on the road there was nothing wrong with the way the Artura stopped, steered, shifted gears or went around corners. It feels like it’s on rails most of the time, to be honest, it’s well composed.
However, until you push it close to the edge, the contents of its dynamic envelope remain a well-guarded secret to
Most of the time, this can be a bit frustrating to start with. It’s a bit like “shy but fun” supercar in this respect: totally attractive in isolation but harder to win in the broader sense when
the room is full of warmer, more extroverted but equally enjoyable alternatives.
However, how good or great the driving can be, this is not the main issue of Artura at the moment. Reliability, over
otherwise, is – and until this is resolved the quality of its dynamics will be of no consequence. End
for you McLaren.
|Motor/battery:||3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 PHEV|
|Power / Torque:||671bhp / 720Nm|
|Transmission process:||Eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, rear-wheel drive|
|Economy / CO2:||61.5mpg / 104g / km|
|On sale:||The current|