, 2022-12-19 15:01:08,
British supercar manufacturer McLaren is stepping into a new era of performance, and it’s doing so with an entirely new car. Nothing in its latest creation; the 2023 McLaren Artura is a carryover from a previous model. From its carbon fiber monocoque to its 120-degree twin-turbocharged V6, eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, axial flux electric motor, 7.4kWh battery pack, and even interior are all components we’ve never seen before.
There’s a lot going on, and on paper, it seems that the Artura follows a similar recipe to that of the P1 hypercar, just in a smaller standard production form. The result is a Porsche 911-sized car with a 671 hp output, a run to 60 mph of three seconds, and despite lugging around an electric motor and a battery pack, a 3,300-lb curb weight.
I flew out to Las Vegas to drive the new Artura through Death Valley and at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s road course to see if all that clever packaging and engineering come together to deliver a truly memorable experience. And in true McLaren fashion, the Artura takes a very clinical approach to performance; it’s precise, calculated, and outrageously quick, even at the cost of flamboyance and pantomime. But despite how much of a performer it is, it’s not its speed that impresses most.
Without stepping in, it’s clear that the Artura is a masterclass in packaging. Take its all-new 120-degree 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, for example. It’s very small, and…
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