Supercars

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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Automotive toys

McLaren and LEGO team up on two new models

The automaker released two LEGO models for the holiday season.

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McLaren cars are among the quickest and most sought after vehicles on the planet, but not everyone can swallow their six-figure price tags. There's good news, though. Those of us who aren't able to get in the driver's seat can pick up the new LEGO kits and build our own mini-McLarens at home. The automaker partnered with the toy brand to offer two models for the holidays.

McLaren The open-top McLaren Elva in LEGO form.McLaren

McLaren is also offering auto-themed luggage from Tumi and a special line of clothing, but that's not why where here. We're most interested in the LEGO versions of the McLaren Elva and McLaren Senna GTR. However, with hundreds of pieces each, these aren't the simplest of toys. The Senna GTR LEGO replica comes in 830 pieces and features a V8 engine with moving pistons, opening dihedral doors, and a deep blue livery.

The McLaren Elva is *only* 263 pieces and replicates the cleverly designed, super-aerodynamic open-top car. McLaren says that the real car uses aero to shelter its occupants from wind. There is no windshield and no windows on the car, both of which are details that look great in the blocky LEGO format.

McLaren McLaren also worked with Tumi to develop car-themed luggage.McLaren

If you're itching to hand-assemble either McLaren LEGO model at home, the Senna costs $49.99 and the Elva costs $19.99.

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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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