2021 McLaren Artura: Name confirmed for hybrid supercar

Artura name confirmed for 447kW-plus V6 Sports Series replacement.

McLaren’s upcoming hybrid supercar has been given a name: Artura.

Due to launch in the first half of 2021, the Artura is the (indirect) replacement for the British brand’s popular Sports Series line of supercars – consisting of 540C, 570S, 570GT, 600LT and 620R variants – and, unlike its predecessors, shifts away from a numerical nameplate derived from the car’s power output, towards a word-based moniker.

McLaren has previously reserved such names for its flagship Ultimate Series hypercars, most notably the Senna, Speedtail and Elva.

Previously dubbed only as the ‘High-Performance Hybrid’, the Artura will seek power from an all-new twin-turbocharged V6 engine, combined with an electric motor for an overall performance-focused package that “retains the performance benefits of McLaren’s larger capacity V8 engines” while offering the “additional attraction of improved torque response at low engine speeds to deliver scintillating acceleration.”

A lithium-ion battery of unknown capacity should allow the Artura to “run on electric power alone for everyday emission-free urban journeys”.

A report published by British magazine Autocar in October suggested the supercar’s hybrid system will produce “in excess of 447kW”, and will be joined by a circa-32km all-electric driving range and an expected 1500kg kerb weight.

The Artura’s mechanicals will be housed around McLaren’s latest MCLA carbon-fibre architecture, designed from the ground up to support electrified powertrains, and integrating an array of “weight-saving technologies” to offset the additional mass of the Artura’s battery.

Two teaser images – albeit from similar angles – were released alongside the name announcement, revealing the supercar’s badge, centrally-mounted dual exhaust tips, and yellow ‘hero’ colour.

While official images of the rest of the Artura’s exterior styling have yet to be released, patent images released by the Chinese government in October point toward an evolutionary step forward over the outgoing Sports Series cars, with 720S-like air intakes beside the headlights, slim LED tail-lights and a large side intake to cool the V6 engine.

Above: McLaren Artura patent images. Click on any of the images in this story to view a full gallery.

“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 – 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”, said Mike Flewitt, CEO of McLaren Automotive.

The 2021 McLaren Artura is expected to make its full public debut in early 2021, ahead of first deliveries by the middle of the year.

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