Such a Tease

Ahead of its debut, check out the equipment and capabilities of the McLaren Artura

McLaren has released a teaser photo and video showing off its new hybrid car.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automtoive

The McLaren Artura is coming. Just a few days remain until the new high-performance hybrid is unveiled on February 16. Until then a video and image of the car have been made public to whet your appetite and AutomotiveMap has dissected what is show to give you a better idea of what to expect.

More than five decades of McLaren design, engineering, and racing experience have been put into the Artura. It features super-lightweight engineering and what McLaren calls "racing technology". It's being billed as a "next-generation supercar".

McLaren isn't the only supercar manufacturer to get into the hybrid game. Italian automakers are already firmly planted there. The Ferrari SF90 comes in Stradale and Spider variants, with each achieving over 950 horsepower. The Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 is so popular with supercar fans that it got a LEGO Technic version and inspired a Ducati motorcycle.

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With a pinched front, budding bubble roof, and rising haunches out back, the Artura looks like it has the hallmarks of a typical McLaren profile.

The video provided by McLaren shows it wearing a green paint job. Not that it's at all connected to the Artura (it could be), but the company recently presented a unique green car, the McLaren Verdant Theme GT by MSO. It featured cashmere upholstery and a point job that took 430 hours to apply.

Long headlights creep up the front of the car while at the rear McLaren's signature black honeycomb bodywork sits below slim horizontal taillights. A dual exhaust system is embedded in the honeycomb.

Sleek door handles sit on dihedral doors that, along with large air intakes, dominate the sides of the car. A black sound system speaker, green brake calipers wrapped around carbon ceramic brakes, and darkened five double-V-spoke wheels are shown in the preview video as well.

The interior of the car features a fully digital gauge cluster. When plugged in, the car displays charging percentage achieved and remaining length of time left to charge to get the vehicle to full. There's a range meter for both the electric battery and gasoline fuel, shown to be full at 20 and halfway at 175, respectively, in the preview.

When powered on, the display changes to feature a tachometer across the top of the screen. Underneath it on the far left of the screen is a tire pressure monitoring system display while below that are a number of drive dynamics settings options with their chosen setting shown. Vehicle dynamics control and electronic stability control will be employed on the new car and can be customized. In the preview, McLaren takes the car up to 145 mph.

At the bottom of the digital gauge cluster are illuminations indicating that the Artura comes with automatic high beams. Other information shown along the bottom of the screen includes headlights on/off, odometer, time, and temperature. The color of the display changes from blue (off and charging) to green (on and ready to drive) in the video.

The all-new McLaren Artura will make its global debut 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

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Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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