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Here’s your rundown of McLaren’s first hybrid supercar in serial production, which is set to reach Singapore in 2022.

Petrolheads rejoice! The McLaren Artura is finally making its way to Singapore, and is set to arrive around the middle of 2022. Hailed as McLaren’s first hybrid in serial production, the Artura is a supercar that heralds a new chapter for the maque—this time with electrification as the theme.

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Design-wise, the new vehicle is McLaren through and through with its sculpted form, low stance, and signature dihedral doors. The Artura has taken things further despite speaking this familiar language though. Note, for instance, how the shutlines and panel joints have been minimised, or how the doors now open closer to the body, with mirrors that fold in even more tightly.

The new vehicle also debuts McLaren’s new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) chassis, which has been optimised for hybrid applications. These optimisations include a bespoke battery compartment, as well as a domain-based electrical architecture that doesn’t just reduce cabling by 25 per cent, but also allows for faster data transmission between the various sensors, devices, and control modules.

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What’s arguably the most exciting new development for the Artura is its hybrid powertrain, which consists of a 3.0-litre V6 engine and an electric motor, which produce a combined output of 671bhp and 720Nm. These numbers translate to the power you’d expect from a McLaren supercar, naturally, especially with its lightest in class kerb weight of 1,498kg. More importantly, because the electric motor can instantly output a torque of 225Nm, the car is capable of razor-sharp throttle response, to the tune of achieving the century sprint in just 3.0 seconds flat.

Beyond just pedal-to-the-metal acceleration, the hybrid powertrain boasts a wide performance/efficiency range to suit different driving requirements. This can be accessed via four different powertrain modes. In the pure-electric E-Mode, the car offers zero local emissions with a range of 30 kilometres, which will suffice for short trips in an urban environment. Comfort Mode, on the other hand, maximises range and efficiency by shutting off the combustion engine under 40km/h, then phasing it in when greater power and speed is needed. Finally, the Sport and Track modes deploy the electric motor in increasingly aggressive ways by utilising its ability to produce high levels of torque instantly for snappy throttle response.

As a plug-in hybrid, the McLaren Artura’s battery can be charged from zero to 80 percent in around two and a half hours via a standard ESVE cable while parked, and through regenerative braking while on the road. Its driver can also prioritise the battery’s charge state using the “set charge to 100%” function, which uses the combustion engine to ensure that the battery is always fully charged. Clearly, this new supercar has much to offer in terms of driving experiences. More importantly, perhaps, is how it also presents a vision of supercars with an electric sensibility.

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