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McLaren confirms 3-second 0-60 mph time for Artura plug-in hybrid supercar

The McLaren Artura was unveiled earlier this year.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

The McLaren Artura is quicker than a Porsche 911 off the line, but still not as fast as the Tesla Model X Plaid. The hybrid supercar has had its acceleration figures verified with its zero to 60 mph time coming in at 3.0 seconds. The Model X Plaid gets there in 2.5 seconds and the911 Carrera 4S Coupe takes 3.5 seconds.

McLaren also divulged its figures for acceleration to longer distances:

  • Zero to 124 mph: 8.3 seconds
  • Zero to 186 mph: 21.5 seconds
  • Standing quarter-mile: 10.7 seconds

The car's time to 124 mph makes it slower than the McLaren Senna and 765LT by several seconds. Lotus brags that its Evija all-electric hypercar can hit 186 mph from a standstill in a blistering 9 seconds. The Artura's quarter-mile time makes it as quick as a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The car has an electronically-limited maximum speed of 205 mph.

The Artura uses this electric motor to help it set its performance marks.Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

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"The McLaren Artura's all-new, super-lightweight electrified powertrain is at the cutting-edge of high-performance-hybrid technology, engineered to offer all of the advantages of internal combustion and electric power in one package and establish new benchmarks for combined performance and efficiency in the supercar class," said Geoff Grose, Chief Engineer, McLaren Automotive. "The 'clean-sheet' design of the Artura has allowed us to focus on how to make this power accessible to the driver and deliver the levels of engagement expected from a McLaren."

The Artura gets its power from a newly developed twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that generates 617 brake horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. The engine is 110 pounds lighter than the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that's in other McLarens. The engine is paired with an electric motor and a 7.4 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery.

The battery pack is nested in the car's architecture and takes just 2.5 hours to charge from zero to 80 percent under the perfect charging conditions. The automaker says that the battery can be charged up to 80 percent in "minutes" under "normal driving conditions". McLaren backs the battery with a six-year/50,000-mile warranty.

Drivers can adjust how the car's electric motor is deployed to prioritize range or power, or choose to shut off the internal combustion engine altogether and run on electricity only.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.

Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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