Firm aims to match all-new hybrid performance with 'compelling' ownership proposition
By Sam Sheehan / Tuesday, March 9, 2021 / Loading comments
McLaren is seeking to enhance the ownership experience of the all-new Artura by offering its most competitive warranty and service plan coverage yet. With a five-year vehicle, six-year hybrid battery and 10-year body warranty, as well as a three-year service plan, the 680hp electrified V6 supercar is presented as a supremely low risk option – and that includes the question marks often raised regarding its residual values (nearly brand new 600LT for £140k, anyone?)
Key to the offering is a 12-month or 9,000-mile interval service that’s included as standard for the first three years. The work includes oil and filter changes, engine and E-motor air filters, brake fluid replacement and full safety inspections. Obviously the offer doesn’t include free replacement of wear and tear parts, like tyres and brakes. But given that high-end sports car services often cost north of £600 (we see “from £599” quoted at several reputable McLaren dealers), it seems like a compelling offering. And one that McLaren stresses adds to the cost-saving prospects of a car that emits 129g/km of WLTP’d CO2 and can technically average over 50mpg.
The car’s warranty, assistance and service provisions are all transferrable, too, so a second owner need not seek alternative coverage if they purchase a McLaren Qualified Artura. How these provisions will affect the £185,500 High Performance Hybrid model’s long-term values is obviously yet to be seen, but they certainly can’t do it any harm. Don’t forget, this is a proper PHEV that is capable of 18.6 miles of pure EV range, as well as headline stats, like a 0-124mph time of 8.3 seconds and a 1,395kg dry kerbweight (just 39kg more than a 600LT).
Clearly, then, the new Artura isn’t just here to cement a new era in lightweight hybrid performance cars, but also place the Woking-based firm (and its Sheffield composites centre) on a different path from the one it's been heading down. Doubtless the change in direction is considered crucial to the manufacturer's long-term health, and presumably evidence of it acceding to buyer feedback. A new and better sort of McLaren is likely to result, which is exactly how it would like us all to see the Artura. Now it just needs to be great to drive, too…
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