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.

McLaren Artura www.youtube.com

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.

Trending News

 
 

New luxury car

BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

BMW

Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

Trending News

 
 

The Grand Cherokee is now available with three rows.

Stellantis

The Grand Cherokee has always been the Jeep that could haul the family to the mall as easily as it could traverse serious off-road terrain. The design was starting to age, however, after ten years on the market without a major redesign. Jeep fixed that for the 2022 model year, and after a week behind the wheel, there are three things we think you should know about the new SUV.

It Comes in Two Formats

The three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L debuted in 2021 as the first Grand Cherokee with more than two rows of seating. The standard Grand Cherokee followed it with many of the same features and upscale finishes, but in a more familiar two-row SUV format. The move to a two-body-style lineup for the Grand Cherokee does not mean there's less choice. The standard two-row model is offered in a staggering number of configurations, including a 4xe plug-in hybrid variant.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The new Grand Cherokee ups the luxury considerably. Stellantis

It's Luxurious

Top Grand Cherokee trims have long been plusher and more luxurious than most people expect from a Jeep, and the new model takes things further down that road. Top trims feature luxurious materials such as quilted leathers and real wood trim, along with desirable and innovative electronics features. An optional passenger-side touchscreen offers climate controls and other functions to front-seat passengers, and Stellantis' UConnect infotainment software is among the easiest to use and most intuitive interfaces in the auto business.

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee The Grand Cherokee can take its passengers far off the beaten path.Stellantis

It's Available with Three Strong Powertrains

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6. A 5.7-liter Hemi V8 is available, and Jeep's excellent 4xe plug-in hybrid can be added to certain trims. The Wrangler was the first vehicle to use the system, which provides instant torque and excellent all-electric driving range. When the battery is depleted below a certain level, the vehicle then switches to operate as a normal hybrid.

Trending News