The new McLaren Artura Spider

The new Artura Spider was designed and developed to ambitious targets across the board.

McLaren today reveals the new Artura Spider, its first-ever convertible with a high-performance hybrid powertrain and the second Artura model. The new Spider is introduced with significant upgrades to power, performance and driver engagement, which combine with the sensory pleasures of open-top driving to add a remarkable new dimension to the Artura.

Further elevating the Artura’s next-generation supercar performance, the enhancements engineered for the Spider have also been incorporated into the Artura coupe, with a new model introduced simultaneously. Both new Spider and new coupe deliver the highest levels of dynamic performance – up to and including outstanding circuit ability –  as well as meeting the requirements of regular driving and offering the near-silent electric-drive so beneficial in urban environments.

The new Artura Spider was designed and developed to ambitious targets across the board, with particular focus on driver engagement, performance, agility, refinement, efficiency and quality. The additional attraction of a retractable hard-top that operates electrically in just 11 seconds to provide a full convertible experience, ensures intoxicating supercar exhilaration.

The new Artura Spider and new Artura coupe – which are both designated 2025 model year (‘MY25’) – are available to order now, with first deliveries from mid-year.

“The new Artura is absolutely the complete next-generation supercar, whichever model you choose. We have upgraded the powertrain and the chassis systems to deliver more power, more dynamic performance and even higher levels of connection with the driver – without any compromise in everyday driving. And now alongside the new Artura coupe we have the Artura Spider, a new convertible that has all of these improvements and brings another dimension of open-air McLaren supercar exhilaration to our range.”
Michael Leiters, CEO, McLaren Automotive

McLaren’s relentless focus on its super-lightweight engineering philosophy is key to delivering the advantages that enable delivery of the exceptional dynamic characteristics and performance – with driver engagement to match – demanded of any its cars.

The new Artura Spider has a dry lightest weight of just 3,212lbs, with curbweight (DIN) of only 3,439lbs – just 136lbs more than the Artura coupe. These figures position the new Spider as easily the lightest among convertible competition, enjoying an advantage of up to 183lbs.

More importantly, in combination with the 690bhp of the high-performance hybrid powertrain, this gives a power-to-weight ratio of 473bhp/tonne at lightest dry weight, which perfectly positions the Artura Spider to optimize every aspect of supercar high-performance, including exploiting its mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive chassis layout to the full.

The McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) at the heart of the Artura provides a secure platform with no loss of rigidity when the fixed roof is removed – the majority of the 136lbs difference between Spider and coupe is accounted for by the electrically-operated Retractable Hard Top (RHT) mechanism.

Beyond the core carbon fibre monocoque, MCLA incorporates aluminum impact structures and a rear structure that houses the hybrid powertrain. An innovative ethernet electrical architecture is also part of MCLA, reducing cabling by 25 percent  and with that proportional weight. The electrical architecture was optimized in the development process for the new Spider to increase data capacity and transfer speeds.

McLaren’s high-performance hybrid powertrain has been recalibrated, with an additional 19bhp from the V6 combustion engine on the MY25 Artura, increasing overall power to 690bhp. The additional power is focused from 4,000rpm to the redline at 8,500rpm, providing a marked ‘crescendo’ in performance. Peak torque value remains at a muscular 531lb ft, its delivery optimized by minor changes to electronic mapping. This engine recalibration will also be made available free-of-charge to existing Artura owners* via their McLaren Retailer.

The 3.0-liter M630 dry-sump aluminum petrol engine, which now achieves in excess of 197bhp per liter, is extremely compact and lightweight – at just 353lbs it weighs 110lbs less than a McLaren V8 and is significantly shorter, enhancing packaging efficiency. The dimensions are made possible by a 120-degree V angle design that also aids a low center of gravity. The engine design reduces pressure losses through the exhaust system as well as allowing for a stiffer crankshaft and in turn a rev limit of 8,500rpm. The free-revving nature of the V6 engine is supported by the twin-turbochargers being located within the ‘hot vee’, positioning that enables them to spin more rapidly, improving throttle response.

The soundtrack of the engine has also been enhanced, with a revised valved exhaust system incorporating a tuned resonator and upward conical shape to the tailpipes to further refine the engine note at the middle and higher points of the rev range. This provides a ‘cleaner’ sound that envelops the occupants. An optional sports exhaust system is available, offering an enhanced, clearer tone overall and even greater driver engagement through an exhaust symposer that channels authentic sound waves from the tailpipe into the cabin.

The response and power of the Artura’s V6 is complemented by an extremely compact axial flux E-motor. Located within the transmission bell housing, it generates 94bhp and 166lb ft and boasts a power density per kilogram 33 percent greater than the system used in the iconic McLaren P1™ hypercar.

The E-motor is powered by a battery pack comprising five lithium-ion modules, offering a usable energy capacity of 7.4kWh and an increased EV range of up to 21miles. The battery is refrigerant cooled using cooling rails, and the assembly – including a power distribution unit which transfers battery power from the rear of the vehicle to the ancillaries in the front – is mounted on a structural carbon fibre floor. This assembly is then bolted onto the rear base of the monocoque, optimizing stiffness, weight distribution and crash protection.

Overall, the Artura’s compact hybrid componentry – including the 194lb battery pack and 34lb E-motor – adds just 287lbs to overall weight, an achievement that is instrumental in the new Spider achieving its best-in-class weight figures.

The instant torque delivery provided by the E-motor and the 596bhp of the twin-turbocharged V6 engine give the Artura razor-sharp throttle response and acceleration across the board, whether in-gear or through the gears. The Artura Spider’s official figures of 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.4 seconds and 0-186mph in 21.6 seconds highlight the levels of supercar performance available, all the way up to a maximum speed limited to 205mph.

A Launch Control system for optimized performance on track is standard, as is a new ‘Spinning Wheel Pull-Away’ feature. Activated by disengaging Electronic Stability Control by pressing the ESC button on the driver binnacle, this allows dramatic wheelspin when accelerating from standstill with a large throttle load.

New powertrain mounts developed for the MY25 Artura bring clear benefits to dynamic characteristics. The new mounts are tuned to improve control of the powertrain within the chassis. This limits powertrain movement, especially when under load and in turn improves stability, steering feel and overall vehicle agility, delivering a more precise – and more involving – drive.

In addition to the dynamic benefits provided by new engine mounts, the increase in stiffness means the driver is more aware of the powertrain itself as being integral to the overall engagement they experience, adding greater theatre and emotion throughout.

The Artura’s rear suspension pairs a top upper wishbone with two lower links and a tie rod in front of the wheel center, to maximize vehicle stability and precision and reduces understeer out of a corner while accelerating. The rear suspension concept combines with a bespoke version of McLaren’s Proactive Damping Control system – supplied by Official Intelligent Suspension Partner, Monroe – that further supports exceptional ride and handling characteristics.

Ride and handling is revised for the MY25 Artura with revised damper valving offering greater responsiveness. Performance of the Domain Control Units (DCU) in the ethernet architecture has also been enhanced, supporting damping and handling response rates and increasing them by up to 90 percent, which improves reaction to driver input and changes in the road surface.

There are three dynamic handling modes, each activating increased levels of body control through damper adjustment. ‘Comfort’ is the default mode, with Sport and Track offering more supportive settings. The required mode is selected using one of the two rocker controls on the top of the instrument binnacle.

The degree of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) intervention can also be adjusted, to suit driver preference and weather and road conditions. Operated by a button in the handling mode control, the selectable settings are fully on; ESC DYN, which allows more freedom and also gives the option to activate Variable Drift Control; or OFF, which removes electronic intervention.

Dynamic precision is additionally enhanced by Pirelli CyberTM Tyre technology. Comprising hardware and software integrated with the Artura’s electronic systems and featuring an electronic sensor inside each tire, Pirelli CyberTM Tyre generates real-time data that allows drivers to adjust tire pressure limits, fully exploiting the potential of the fitted tires. Pirelli’s Noise Cancelling System (PNCS), which uses a sound absorbing device on the inside of the tire wall to reduce vibration and noise, also features.

The P ZERO™ tire fitted as standard features an asymmetric tread pattern that improves braking and enhances handling and control across a wide range of road conditions, with particular focus on wet weather performance. The optional P ZERO™ CORSA tire is designed for use on both road and track and features racing-type compounds and unique tread patterns, achieving higher grip levels as well as improved braking and traction. A P ZERO™ WINTER tire is also available.

Braking performance is also exceptional. The MY25 Artura utilizes carbon ceramic discs, enhanced lightweight aluminum calipers and new brake cooling ducts. The braking system works in combination with rear-axle kinematics and revised engine and vehicle damping response rates to deliver even better high-speed braking power and stability, also extending disc and pad life in track driving conditions. With revised ABS calibration, braking distances for the Spider and new coupe are 102ft to standstill from 62mph and an improved 407ft from 124mph.

The advanced eight-speed transmission designed specifically for the Artura’s high-performance hybrid powertrain integrates the E-motor yet is still very compact; despite having an extra gear over the seven-speed transmission on McLaren’s V8-powered vehicles, the length of the gear cluster has been reduced by 1.6 ins, helped by use of a nested clutch rather than a parallel clutch.

Gearbox calibration has been revised for the MY25 Artura. The eight-gear close-ratio gearbox now has a new pre-fill feature that provides even faster gearchanges, with shift speeds increased by 25 percent. This is made possible by pressurizing the hydraulic fluid in the gearbox to the threshold required to enact a shift (the ‘kiss point’), so that when the driver selects a gear (or an automatic shift is requested), shift time is minimized.

Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a lightweight and compact electronically controlled differential (E-diff). Located within the transmission, the E-diff delivers variable differential preload to optimize stability and agility.

The Artura has four powertrain drive modes: Comfort, Sport and Track, plus the electric only, emissions-free E-mode. Comfort mode combines electric and hybrid drive for extended stop and start driving with the combustion engine shut off at low speeds and redeployed when speeds or acceleration inputs demand. Sport and Track modes use the electric motor in an increasingly aggressive manner for low-end response and acceleration (‘torque infill’) and incorporate sharper gearshift strategies. Track mode delivers the highest high-voltage battery recharge rate. E-mode – which is the default ‘start’ mode – has been refined to provide greater emissions-free driving range.

The process of switching from Electric to Comfort, Sport or Track drive modes has been improved on MY25 Arturas. The engine conditioning process that reduces vehicle emissions by warming the catalytic converter before engaging drive to the combustion engine, has been recalibrated for driver convenience and is now up to 90 percent faster ** when first selected on startup.

The visual design and architecture of the new Spider make it immediately recognizable as an Artura, despite the integration of the Retractable Hard Top (RHT) and the changes this brings. The ‘shrink-wrapped’, sculpted bodywork; signature ‘hammerhead’ nose; integrated front fender louvres; and headlight air intakes are all familiar yet still striking – as too are the dihedral doors that open close to the body to allow easy access and egress in tight parking spaces.

But as a convertible, the new Spider is unquestionably a supercar with a visual identity all of its own, and the requirements of the RHT system are central to this. All-new buttresses – which incorporate the rollover structure – include a glazed section to aid rear visibility that also doubles as a channel for airflow into the engine bay area. A heated rear screen, which raises or lowers at the touch of a button either to optimize comfort with the roof lowered or to allow exhaust sound into the cabin for additional driver engagement when it is raised, is located between the buttresses.

Powertrain cooling vents, including the ‘hot vee’ chimney, are situated further to the rear of the car compared to the coupe, in order to accommodate the RHT mechanism and tonneau cover. Raising and then relocating when the roof is operated either up or down, the tonneau cover has a lightweight carbon composite structure and can be finished at extra cost in gloss carbon fibre if desired.

The Retractable Hard Top itself is a carbon fibre and composite panel but can also be configured with an Electrochromic glass panel, which can either brighten the cabin – or block more than 99 percent of sunlight – at the touch of a button. McLaren has adopted advanced Suspended Particle (SPD) technology for this feature on the Artura Spider, to further reduce heat transfer into the cabin when in the darkest mode – more than 96 percent of solar energy is blocked – helping to keep air temperature as cool as possible.

The RHT system is actuated in near silence by eight electric motors. Two motors fold the roof panel, two raise and lower the rear tonneau cover, and two control the aerodynamic covers on the leading edge of the tonneau buttresses. A further motor is responsible for rear window operation, another for the RHT latching mechanism. The roof is operated by an overhead control inside the cabin or from the vehicle key when the car is stationary, allowing it to be opened or closed from outside the vehicle.

The new Artura Spider debuts a new aerothermal cooling system to cool the powertrain, that also enables the packaging of the RHT and reduces air-buffeting for Spider occupants. The new aerothermal concept features four separate ducting systems and is distinguished from the coupe by the two rear deck inlets situated on the outer sections of the one-piece Aluminum Hot-Formed upper rear bodywork. These contain both cooling inlets for the powertrain and RHT storage area as well an outlet for hot air. Between these is the powertrain chimney as well as the inlets and outlets for airflow management. The Artura Spider’s buttresses – glazed in motorsport-style polycarbonate – are visibly more sculpted than the coupe’s since they also channel cold air into discreet ducts in the tonneau cover.

Additionally, the roof shape has been designed to channel air towards the repositioned chimney to accelerate the flow of hot air from the powertrain. Even the windscreen surround has been revised and now incorporates small gurneys finely sculpted to reduce buffeting in the cabin when the roof is retracted – a lightweight aerodynamic solution that epitomizes the level of detail that has been incorporated into the Artura Spider.

The cabin of the new Artura Spider – trimmed in performance or luxury materials according to the driver’s preference – retains the purposeful, driver-focused design of the coupe. The ‘clean’ steering wheel is free of buttons and controls, aside from the sculpted gearshift paddles which move with the wheel for optimal driver ergonomics. The driver display binnacle, which moves with the column when adjusted for reach or rake to ensure all driving information is always within the driver’s eyeline, also houses the controls to select Handling and Powertrain modes, allowing changes – including an easy switch between electric and hybrid drive – without taking hands off the steering wheel. The screen display of the binnacle focuses on key information to minimize driver distraction, and further has a stealth mode that hides non-essential content, reducing distractions and promoting full concentration on the road ahead.

The innovative McLaren Clubsport seat is fitted as standard in most markets. Adjusting through an elliptical arc to combine the range of motion expected of a moveable backrest with the light weight and close support of a bucket seat, the Clubsport seat is equally at home on road or track. Adjustable lumbar support can be specified as an additional feature. Drivers wanting a more traditional but still appropriately sporting seat can option the electrically adjustable, heated comfort seats with memory at no extra cost.

The Artura’s McLaren infotainment and connectivity system (MIS II) uses two high-definition screens. Delivering smartphone levels of responsiveness, MIS II is capable of smartphone mirroring and the Artura now offers wireless charging as an option, for use with enabled mobile devices and incorporates a unique, soft-faced retainer that supports the phone in a vertical upright position. Familiar McLaren apps – including Variable Drift Control – also feature on MIS II.

MIS II also enables a number of ADAS driver assistance features with Lane Departure Warning – which retains user-preference until manually reactivated via a fascia-mounted switch – and Road Sign Recognition now fitted to all Arturas. Also available optionally are Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Switchable Follow Mode, Blindspot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Detection.

The Artura also features a Bluetooth low-energy vehicle key which detects when the driver is heading towards the vehicle and powers up systems to welcome occupants. This greeting includes ambient, ‘hidden-until-lit’ lighting in the doors, also acting as puddle lamps.

A revised range of options and options packs are introduced with the MY25 Artura, including exterior and interior carbon fibre components and a new, faster vehicle lift. Silver badging is now a no-cost option, with new Stealth badging – which incorporates black badges front and rear as well as a black McLaren Speedmark on the wheel center caps – standard fit.

A five-speaker McLaren Audio System is standard fit. Customers can choose to specify the Artura’s acclaimed Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker surround sound audio system, which is exclusively available with the Technology Pack. This system features Bowers & Wilkins’ Continuum™ midrange speakers to ensure precise reproduction of voices and instruments throughout the cabin, complemented by Nautilus™ Aluminum Double Dome tweeters to provide greater clarity at high frequencies. The Artura Spider additionally features an additional rear center speaker to optimize the cabin’s convertible-specific acoustic requirements.

The MY25 Artura has a new 15-spoke wheel as standard, in silver finish. A new gold-colored Orum wheel finish is available on both Dynamo and Star wheel designs, with the latter now available in a full range of finishes. The Caliber 10-Spoke Super-Lightweight wheel joins the list of optional wheels, and is available finished in Silver, Dark Stealth or Gloss Black. All wheels can be optionally specified with Titanium Wheel Bolts, saving approximately 0.9 lbs of unsprung mass – indicative of the level of attention given to delivering weight reduction.

The Artura Spider is priced in the US from $273,800, for the standard specification. There are three further interior specifications, each available for an additional $9,400: Performance, which has a more sporting aesthetic; TechLux, where the focus is on the technical luxury that the name suggests; and Vision, which displays a more avant-garde and adventurous look and feel.

An extended palette of exterior paints, some of which are available on the Artura for the first time, is introduced for the new Spider; twenty Elite colors are offered in addition to the standard five colors, with a further eighteen MSO colors also available.

Every new Artura comes as standard with a five-year, unlimited mileage vehicle warranty; a six-year, 45,000mile battery warranty and a ten-year anti-perforation body warranty. These warranties can be extended. A three-year service plan is also included, as is a five-year roadside assistance package.

Further information about the new McLaren Artura Spider, including full specifications and options availability, can be found together with an online configurator that allows customers to explore color and equipment choices, at:

* available according to individual market homologation requirements
**dependent on market, also ambient temperatures

McLaren Artura Spider technical specification

Engine configuration M630 V6 engine, 2,993cc twin-turbocharged, hybrid drivetrain with axial flux electric motor
Drivetrain layout Longitudinal mid-engined, RWD
Power bhp @ rpm 690: 596 @7,500rpm from petrol engine, 94 from electric motor1
Torque lb ft @ rpm 531: 431 @2,250-7,000rpm from petrol engine, 166 from electric motor1
Transmission 8-Speed SSG (reverse using E-motor) with Electronic Differential (E-Diff).

Electric, Comfort, Sport and Track modes

Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Chassis MCLA carbon fibre monocoque with aluminum front and rear frames and chassis structures
Suspension Independent adaptive dampers, front: dual aluminum wishbones, rear: upper wishbone and lower multi-link setup.

Proactive Damping Control (PDC). Comfort, Sport and Track modes

Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (15.4 in front; 15in rear) with forged aluminum brake calipers (6-piston front monobloc; 4-piston rear)
Wheels , inches Front: 19 x 9J; Rear: 20 x 11J
Tires Pirelli P-ZERO™, Pirelli P-ZERO™ Corsa and  Pirelli P-ZERO™ Winter tires with Pirelli CyberTyre® technology

Front: 235/35/ZR19 91Y

Rear: 295/35/ZR20 105Y

Length, inches 179
Wheelbase, inches 104
Height, inches 47
Width, with mirrors, inches 82
Width, mirrors folded, inches 78
Width, without mirrors, inches 75
Track (to contact patch center), inches Front: 65; Rear: 64
Lightest dry weight, lbs 3,212
DIN Curb weight [fluids + 90% fuel], lbs 3,439
Fuel tank capacity, USA gallons 17.2
Usable battery capacity (kW/h) 7.4
Battery charge time 2.5 hours (via EVSE cable) to 80 percent
Luggage capacity, cubic feet (Wet/DIN) 5.7/4.4


Performance data

0-60mph 3.0 seconds
0-62mph 3.0 seconds
0-124mph 8.4 seconds
0-186mph 21.6 seconds
 ¼ mile 10.8 seconds
Maximum speed mph 205 – electronically limited
Electric-only range miles 21
124mph-0 braking, ft 407
62mph-0 braking, ft 102



Fuel Economy, US
Electricity (MPGe) 45
Gasoline only MPG 19
All-electric range (miles) 11
Total range (miles) 340


Vehicle (years/miles) 5/unlimited
Battery (years/miles) 6/45,000
Roadside assistance (years/miles) 5/unlimited
Corrosion (years/miles) 10/unlimited
Service plan 3 years

* Depending on market
1 Power is 94bhp (70kW) transient and 50bhp (37kW) sustained (4.6 kW/Kg)
N.B. Peak torque utilized is 166lb ft. Torque distribution from the V6 internal combustion engine and the e-motor is managed to optimize powertrain driveability characteristics, not simultaneously at maximum – hence 531lb ft overall.

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