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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The Kia Stinger gets a refresh for the 2022 model year.

Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

When it debuted in 2017, the Kia Stinger was heralded as the beginning of a new generation of high-performing sports sedan. Though sportier than the traditional sedan, the Stinger still hasn't hit the same capability note as its German rivals. It hasn't gotten the same sales numbers either, managing just over 11,000 new car deliveries in 2020.

A few years in now, the Stinger is up for a refresh. Kia is promising "more power, more technology, and a refined design". Expect much of the styling and technology that is in the Kia K5 while increased performance will likely pull the 2022 Stinger solidly ahead of the K5.

2021 Kia Stinger The 2021 Kia Stinger is a sports sedan that doesn't fare well against its German rivals. Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia, which shares a Hyundai Motor Group parent company with the Hyundai and Genesis brands, may be a beneficiary of the research that has gone in to Hyundai N and N Line models. The resulting engineering managed to turn the Hyundai Elantra compact car into a hot hatch-like competition and the Sonata into a connected, albeit harsh-riding, sporty sedan. The Hyundai Veloster N is a champion on and off the track.

The Stinger's dimensions are comparable to the BMW M4's. Though the 2021 M4 is only available as a coupe for the 2021 model year and has a price tag around $22,000 more than the Stinger, it delivers a more impassioned drive experience. It gets 473 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The M4's engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

As part of a generational redesign for the 2022 model year, the BMW M4 saw its power bumped up. The M4 gets 48 more horsepower while its Competition models get a 59-horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque upgrade over previous Competition package-equipped cars. The 2022 M4 Coupe can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

The Stinger currently has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood that generates 255 horsepower in the base model GT Line trim. The Stinger GT2, the most powerful variant, has a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 tucked under there, generating 365 horsepower. Simply put, Kia has its work cut out for it.

At least it will be unique looking. The Stinger teaser photos distributed by the automaker features headlights that look more like those on the Toyota Supra than on the K5, emphasizing the car's athletic shoulders.

The 2022 Kia Stinger will be fully revealed on March 16.

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Project Trinity is a new sedan Volkswagen is set to bring to market in five years.

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Talk about a long tease. Volkswagen has released an image of the vehicle dubbed Project Trinity, an all-electric sedan that's not expected to hit the market until 2026.

The project takes its name from three new design these: a newly developed electronics platform with state-of-the-art software, the simplification of the supply structure, and fully networked and intelligent production at the main plant in Wolfsburg.

"Trinity is a sort of crystallization point for our Accelerate strategy, a lighthouse project, our software dream car," says Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand.

The car is designed to fast forward automobile intelligence. It will set new standards for range, charging speed, and digitalization, according to the automaker. In regards to charging speed, Volkswagen anticipates that vehicle charging will be coming as fast as a petrol refuel.

Additionally, Trinity will reach production with Level 2+ advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) technology. However, VW says that the car will be able to drive "highly automated according to Level 4" standards.

The gap between Level 2 and Level 4 ADAS standards is large. According to NVIDIA, Level 2+ adds surround perception and articial intelligence as a layer onto the typical Level 2 experience. This added technology allows the vehicle to perform some automated maneuvers, such as lane changes, while the driver is still in control of the vehicle. Driver monitoring is also a part of Level 2+ tech.

"We are using our economies of scale to make autonomous driving available to many people and to build a learning neural network. In this way, we are creating the conditions for the continuous exchange of data from our vehicle fleet—for example, on the traffic situation, on obstacles or on accidents," says Ralf Brandstätter. Trinity thus gives people time and saves them stress. After a long highway trip, you arrive at your destination relaxed. Because you have been driven by a chauffeur to your vacation or to your home after work. "Trinity therefore becomes a kind of 'time machine' for our customers," says Ralf Brandstätter.

Volkswagen intends to build future vehicles with fewer variants, standardizing hardware in the process. In a release, the company said, "The cars will then have virtually everything on board and customers will be able to activate desired functions "on demand" at any time via the digital ecosystem in the car. This will significantly reduce complexity in production."

"In the future, the individual configuration of the vehicle will no longer be determined by the hardware at the time of purchase. Instead, customers will be able to add functions on demand at any time via the digital ecosystem in the car," said Brandstätter.

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