McLaren looks to embrace a hybridized future of high performance with the upcoming 2022 Artura supercar. The new mid-engine two-seater is still mostly under wraps, but we know it’ll pair a twin-turbo V-6—the company’s first—with hybrid technology and ride on a new lightweight platform. Although official power ratings and performance estimates are unknown, we expect the new entry-level McLaren to surpass its predecessor. That suggests its exterior and interior designs will be even more interesting than before, and it should have an array of exciting new features. Until we learn more about the 2022 McLaren Artura, we can only speculate about its specialness.
What’s New for 2022?
The Artura is an all-new model that will replace the McLaren 570S and debut in the first half of 2021. It’ll feature a hybrid V-6 powertrain and introduce a new platform for the British supercar-maker.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
McLaren hasn’t said how much the Artura will cost or what options will be available. However, we expect its starting price to be slightly more than the outgoing 570S that opened at $195,000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Artura will be powered by a new hybrid twin-turbo V-6 that we estimate will make upwards of 560 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are based on the output of the outgoing 570S, which features a traditional twin-turbo V-8. We also don’t know how much more power—if any—will be added by the car’s electric motor. McLaren says the new powertrain will even provide a “medium range” of all-electric operation. While we don’t know what transmission it’ll have, we’re told the first Artura will be a rear-wheel-drive model. However, we think all-wheel drive will eventually be offered with the addition of an electric motor mounted on the front axle. The other big announcement is that it’ll be the first McLaren to ride on the company’s new Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA), which is said to be lighter than its predecessor’s structure.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither the EPA nor McLaren have announced how efficient the Artura will be in the city or on the highway. Once those ratings are released and we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate its real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, we expect the Artura to continue McLaren’s function-before-fashion approach. The company is known for its minimalist cabin designs that limit the presence of physical switchgear and include steering wheels that are free of buttons. We also expect a set of adjustable and heavily bolstered front seats as well as excellent outward visibility to help drivers place the car precisely on the road or the racetrack. While the Artura likely won’t have the cargo storage of the McLaren GT, its front trunk and interior cubbies should provide refuge for small luggage and loose items.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Although the infotainment system in a McLaren is typically an afterthought for shoppers, we expect the Artura to have a touchscreen with customary features. This includes Bluetooth connectivity, built-in navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and a selection of audio equipment. Those who want to keep their car as light as possible will prefer a stereo with fewer speakers while others might want to upgrade to a more powerful surround-sound system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 Artura hasn’t been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and its limited production and exotic nature suggest it probably never will be. We also don’t expect the McLaren to have many, if any, of the modern driver-assistance technology that’s common on most mainstream cars.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
McLaren provides a mediocre limited and powertrain warranty compared with rivals from Mercedes and Porsche. The British automaker also doesn’t provide any complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance