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Drop-Top McLaren Artura Spider Adds an Extra 20bhp 

McLaren have fine-tuned the 3.0-litre V6 hybrid powertrain to be able to produce 690bhp (445kW) at 4,000rpm....

Not only does the McLaren Artura now have a drop-top, but an extra 20bhp! This power isn’t exclusive to the Spider version either as the extra power will be available in the Artura coupe henceforth.

McLaren have fine-tuned the 3.0-litre V6 hybrid powertrain to be able to produce 690bhp (445kW) at 4,000rpm. That translates to 0-62mph (100km/h) in three seconds, 0-124mph (200km/h) in 8.4s, and 0-186mph (300km/h) in 21.6s for a top speed of 205mph (330km/h).

Peak torque remains the same at 531lb ft with a redline at 8,5000rpm.

The power boost will be offered for free to owners of the current Model Year 2024 Artura. Now that’s a consumer-friendly practice.

The Spider has gained some weight, 62kg compared to the coupe, for a total dry weight of 1,562kg. McLaren say that most of this extra weight is due to the retractable hard-top roof which can be opened or closed in 11 seconds.

Because a Spider version of the Artura was always on the cards, it means that the convertible doesn’t need any extra chassis stiffening over the coupe.

The British manufacturer has revised the aero to reduce buffeting and boost cooling to the engine and brakes thanks to ducts on the latter, promising better and more consistent performance at high-speed.

Despite the 70kW electric motor not changing at all, the electric-only driving range has increased by 3km to 33km. While that’s not incredibly impressive, McLaren promise the Artura Spider is the “the most fuel efficient” convertible it’s made. It manages 58.9mpg (25kml), with some assistance from the electric motor.

The exhaust has been adjusted to get the best possible noise out of it. New additions include a “tuned resonator and upward conical shape to the tailpipes” that are claimed to “refine the engine note at the middle and higher points of the rev range.”

There are several new safety features that are common on hatchbacks like lane departure warning (but not lane-keep assist) and speed-sign recognition. Options include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.

The Artura Spider will sell for £221,500 (~$429,100 AUD) with first deliveries expected in the middle of 2024.

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