The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but why doesn’t it have a reverse gear?

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but why doesn’t it have a reverse gear?


High-end sports cars cannot escape electrification either. That this is not always a loss is confirmed by McLaren Artura. And we are certainly not just talking about the price … Just: why does it not reverse gear?

When we were in a McLaren 720S Spider The winged Briton immediately made an indelible impression. What a sight, what a sound! The eight cylinder started with a savage bark and even at idle the engine roared loudly. Although the Artura differs in many ways from the 720S in appearance, it is definitely one McLaren. The dead silence overwhelms us as we press the start button.


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In EV mode you have 95 horsepower, enough to allow the main car to swim calmly with other traffic. What we see very well during the silent trip over the speed bumps and decorative vowels in the residential area is that the carbon monocoque has a stiffness that the drug maker Pfizer can envy. There is no crack to be heard. Beyond that, it remains surprising how comfortable and well-organized McLaren will be able to build its models. So you feel comfortable from the first kilometers, despite the extreme style and the power of the system of 680 hp …

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

McLaren Artura runs only 31 kilometers on electricity

This definition is not only pleasant in built-up areas, but also on hilly country roads. Despite the very low seating position, you can see where the front wheels are located through the extended fenders, just like the 720S. Especially if you’re running it on the border, it’s a handy tool to determine which points you should break or speed up. Of course you won’t achieve that in electric mode, although you can drive emission-free up to 130 km/h. Theoretically, you can reach 31 km without emissions. The question is which McLaren driver will be tempted to try this.

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How fast does Artura go from 0 to 100 km/h?

When crossing the city border, we choose the Hybrid mode. In it, the combustion engine is shaken as soon as you drive at a speed of more than 65 km / h. The twin-turbo six-cylinder announces itself with a civilized, yet cheerful sound. He seems happy that he can finally give you a kick… With an extra 585 hp under your right foot, you hit 100 km/h in three glorious seconds. Wiggle your big toe for an extra 5.3 seconds and the clock is already 200 km/h! And its top speed? At 330 km / h, that is more than enough …

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

The V6 Artura looks like a V8 for the extra cost

Are you finding the classic McLaren Artura sound a bit too much? Then order it with the optional sports exhaust and select Sport Mode. Then the six-cylinder sounds as brutal as the brand’s V8 engines. To be honest, the V6 roars around 2000 rpm even a little heavy to be good. But right on top of that, the acoustic fun machine is running at full speed.

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

The V6 relies on gas

The new six-cylinder has a capacity of three liters and is shorter and lower than the V8 in the McLaren 720S. But it is also narrow, because the two turbos are crushed in the ‘hot zone’ between the two banks of cylinders. Compared to the V8, it offers a weight saving of 50 kg. You don’t see any of that saving when driving. The V6 hangs eagerly on the gas and revs up to 8500 rpm.

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.
The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

Why doesn’t the McLaren Artura have reverse gear?

The gearbox on the McLaren Artura is as new as the engine. It works with a double clutch and has eight forward gears, but no reverse. Isn’t it easy if you want to parallel park the Artura along the boulevard? Not too bad, luckily you don’t have to ask anyone to back the car into the parking hole. Press the R button on the tunnel console and the electric stick changes direction, so you can drive the McLaren plug-in backwards. Completely electric and silent.

Artura hybrid technology as a power booster

If you want to enjoy the McLaren Artura, leave EV mode and Hybrid mode and put the car in ‘Sport’ as usual. Then the V6 is awake and the intended green hybrid technology works as a power boost. If you don’t pull off all stops, the V6 recharges the battery, so that electric power injection remains available on demand.

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

Braking is braking at McLaren

Artura does not restore power when closing. McLaren has opted for a hydraulic brake system only. This keeps the feeling as ‘natural’ as possible. For the same reason, the steering is also hydraulically and not electrically assisted. Because the economy is good, but it should not be at the expense of trends and ideas.

Anyone with even a trace of petrol in their blood will be delighted because the Artura offers excellent steering and pedal feel. If you push them to the limit, the carbon ceramic brake discs will give you a merciless punch in the stomach. Preferably harder than kicking your back at top speed. That brutal violence is just one face of the McLaren Artura.

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

Emotional accuracy

On the twisty course, precise controls make you feel like a surgeon wielding a knife with ease of play. It’s almost scary; the car is so precise, calm and sure, that sometimes it makes you think that you suddenly have undiscovered racing talents. Even if you put it in Track mode on a track. Because even then the electronic helpers will still be watching things from afar. Because at McLaren they know that Artura is cooler than most drivers.

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.
The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

McLaren Artura almost 100,000 euros cheaper

However, there is still a lot of fun to be had, not least with the VDC (Variable Drift Control) function. This facility helps you let the McLaren Artura wag its tail in a fun but controlled way. You might dare to do that with a plug-in hybrid instead of the 720S, because it costs almost a ton less. Although the starting price of Artura – about a quarter of a million euros – still remains a big problem …

The plug for this super sports car is worth 100,000 euros, but you don't get reverse gear.

Even sports car enthusiasts who turn on the word ‘plug-in hybrid’ will agree when they get to know the McLaren Artura. The car is impressive in every way, and in terms of speed and power it has little to do with its V8 siblings.