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The new Artura Spider - McLaren's first 'High-Performance Hybrid convertible'

Kaweesa Abubakr 03/02/2024
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McLaren Artura Spider

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The 2025 McLaren Artura Spider marks a significant evolution in the relatively new series, offering enhanced performance, speed, and now, an open roof, a first for the lineup. The new convertible combines McLaren's latest hybrid technology with the thrill of open-air driving, further enhancing driver engagement.

Retaining many characteristics of its coupe counterpart, the Spider introduces a few changes, largely to accommodate its retractable roof but also for some weight savings. McLaren touts the Spider as a class leader in weight efficiency thanks to its impressive dry weight of 3,212 lbs and a power-to-weight ratio of 473 bhp/ton.

Engine and Performance

Under the hood, the Spider has a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. The V6 operates as part of a hybrid setup working in conjunction with an axial flux electric motor. Together, the duo produces 690 hp and 531 lb/ft of torque.

McLaren Artura Spider

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The hybrid setup works in tandem with a revised eight-speed SSG transmission with electronic differential that is said to offer up to 25 percent faster shifts thanks to a new pre-fill feature. The Spider has a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3 seconds and 0 to 124 mph time of 8.4 seconds. Maximum speed is 205 mph.

Four drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Track, and E-mode ensure there's an option for different conditions with the modes switching between how the electric motor is used and how much power and torque it delivers.

McLaren Artura Spider

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Exterior Design

Despite shedding its roof, the Spider maintains the lineup's distinct identity, showcasing the signature hammerhead nose, dihedral doors, and unique headlight air intakes. Retractable in just 11 seconds and powered by a total of eight electric motors, the Spider's retractable one-piece hard-top is its most apparent addition, or omission, dare I say.

The carbon fiber and composite roof panel can optionally feature an electrochromic glass panel, allowing passengers to adjust sunlight infiltration at a button's touch. Other notable features include the introduction of newly designed buttresses that integrate the car's rollover structure, a retractable heated rear screen, and a 'hot vee' chimney at the rear.

McLaren Artura Spider

Image: McLaren

Interior Design

McLaren's Clubsport seats come as standard, while buyers can opt for the more traditional comfort seats at no extra cost. To aid driver concentration, the steering wheel does away with buttons and controls, offering a minimal modern-looking wheel.

Powered by a pair of HD screens, the advanced McLaren Infotainment and Connectivity System (MIS II) delivers top-tier functionality, supporting wireless charging, smartphone integration, and a suite of driver-assistance features such as Lane Departure Warning, Road Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control among others.

McLaren Artura Spider

Image: McLaren

For an added $9,400, customers can select from three bespoke interior specifications: Performance, TechLux, or Vision. Performance provides a sporty ambiance, Techlux emphasizes "technical luxury" while Vision delivers an adventurous avant-garde look and feel.

With a starting price of $273,800 in the US, the Artura Spider introduces a fresh take on the Artura series, blending cutting-edge hybrid performance with an exhilarating open-top driving experience. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in the middle of the year.


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