, 2022-11-14 06:56:35,
The McLaren Artura and Ferrari 296 GTB are similar cars in many ways, but when it comes to picking one supercar over the other, Jeremy Clarkson says he would plump for the McLaren — but it’s a close-run thing.
Reviewing McLaren’s £189,000 plug-in hybrid in The Sunday Times yesterday, Clarkson, host of the Amazon hit shows The Grand Tour and Clarkson’s Farm, drew plenty of comparisons between the Artura and the Ferrari (which he recently reviewed) and, while he was unstinting in his praise for Maranello’s finest, the McLaren’s civility, less outrageous pricing and ease of use won it the toss.
The McLaren’s plug-in hybrid powertrain and its ability to drive in fully-electric mode, and therefore emit nothing from the exhausts for a time, made it an ideal steed for a recent trip to London from Clarkson’s farm in the Cotswolds. “But I’m burning any fuel” is a solid response in case he should be assailed for driving a conspicuous supercar by “pink-haired girls and vicars” — a reference to the recent spate of climate action protests.
“I could zoom down the M40 using the full force and ferocity of petrol and then, in the capital, I could push a button and run silently, like a summer breeze,” he wrote.
Things didn’t go quite to pan, though. In theory, the McLaren has around 18 miles of electric-only range but Clarkson couldn’t quite figure out how to use the engine to recharge the battery, which meant that by the time…
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