The McLaren Artura now offers a convertible ‘Spider’ variant, unveiled alongside upgrades to the plug-in hybrid supercar arriving in Australia in the second half of 2024.

    Previously only available as a coupe, the McLaren Artura Spider now allows prospective buyers to enjoy the twin-turbo V6 model with the roof down – akin to the Ferrari 296 GTS.

    Pricing for the Artura coupe has been increased for 2025 to $477,310 before on-road costs (up by $12,653), while the Artura Spider will be priced from $525,010 before on-road costs.

    Spider specific changes include a retractable carbon fibre hardtop – claimed to fold in 11 seconds at speeds up to 50km/h – as well as rear buttresses and a heated rear window which can be retracted. 

    According to McLaren, the Artura Spider tips the scales at 1562kg, adding 62kg to the coupe’s figures, though this is understood to grow further when the optional electrochromatic glass roof is ordered – changing from opaque to transparent with the push of a button.

    The Artura Spider also benefits from upgrades to the entire Artura range, which includes a power boost.

    The McLaren Artura’s twin-turbo V6 engine now produces 445kW of power and 720Nm of torque (up 15kW), while its 70kW/225Nm electric motor is unchanged, resulting in a combined system output of 515kW.

    McLaren claims the Artura can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds, an identical time to the pre-power boost model, before going on to a top speed of 330km/h.

    For owners of 2024 model year Arturas, McLaren will provide the power boost free of charge at its dealers in the near future.

    There has been a slight increase in the Artura’s electric-only driving range, which has been bumped up from 31km to 33km, with the supercar retaining its 7.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

    McLaren has also added a new feature which it calls “Spinning Wheel Pull-Away”, disabling the Artura’s stability control system and allowing drivers to perform burnouts when they push the accelerator pedal to 100 per cent from a stop.

    Further improvements under the skin include new powertrain mounts, revised dampers (which can now adjust their response rates 90 per cent faster than previously) and new transmission software to deliver 25 per cent quicker shifts through the eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The 2025 McLaren Artura also benefits from upgrades such as 15-spoke wheels (19 inches at the front, 20 inches at the rear), better brake ducting (said to improve cooling) and black ‘Stealth’ badges – though silver badging is available as a no-cost option.

    Despite road sign recognition and lane departure warning now being added to the Artura’s standard equipment list, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert have become available as cost-options, with prices yet to be determined.

    The McLaren Artura is one of a handful of luxury vehicles in Australia sold without autonomous emergency braking, which will be a requirement for all new cars in local showrooms from March 2025.

    McLaren will now cover the Artura under warranty for up to five years and unlimited kilometres, extending its previous three-year coverage.

    The 2025 McLaren Artura is due in Australian showrooms from the third quarter of 2024 (July to October inclusive).

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    Jordan Mulach

    Born and raised in Canberra, Jordan has worked as a full-time automotive journalist since 2021, being one of the most-published automotive news writers in Australia before joining CarExpert in 2024.

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