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Is the McLaren Artura good enough to impress Chris Harris?


McLaren’s decision to replace the popular Sports Series with the Artura hybrid was very brave. Not only did it make its first hybrid other than the multimillion-dollar P1 and Speedtail, but it also fitted the Artura with an all-new engine.

That engine takes the form of a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, and Harris is immediately impressed with it. He says it’s surprisingly full of character, and given that it has a 120-degree V-angle, it has an idle sound that reminds the veteran journalist of a Subaru boxer engine.

Mated to the engine, an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels. McLaren knows how to design a good gearbox and although the eight-speed works well, Harris says he wishes it shifted a little quicker.

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On the plus side, the British automaker did what it does best and nailed the steering tuning perfectly. Few automakers produce vehicles that steer as well as McLaren’s, with Harris describing the steering as almost telepathic, making it an absolute pleasure to drive at low and high speeds.

All is not good, however. McLaren fitted the Artura with an all-new multi-link rear suspension system while installing new adaptive dampers, coil springs and anti-roll bars. Harris notes in his review that it’s significantly stiffer than the car that came before it, including the hardcore 600LT. It’s a shame, because McLaren has made a name for itself by developing supercars so smooth and plush that they look like luxury cars.