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(Pocket-lint) - When you think "plug-in hybrid" your mind probably doesn't lean towards supercars. But McLaren is here to buck the trend with Artura - its first PHEV supercar.

Packing a twin-turbo V6 engine and 92bhp electric motor, combining to a whopping 671bhp total - meaning a top speed of 205mph, and 0-62mph time of 3-seconds flat.

Artura marks a new era for McLaren. Not only does it wave goodbye to the typical V8 - as you'll find in the 720S - it's also the first McLaren to also house a battery (outside of its Formula E team anyway).

Not that it's a hugely capacious battery: at 7.4kWh it'll deliver the usual up-to-19-miles of battery-only range that you can expect from many plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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However, really we suspect this marks the tipping point for future McLaren and its ongoing turn to electrification. Real-world range on electric-only isn't going to extensive, emissions from that 3-litre V6 aren't going to be Toyota Prius low either.

No, it'll be the stepping stone towards a fully electric McLaren sportscar - something to glance at the Porsche Taycan and shrug it off, and what a thing to behold that could be.

The McLaren Artura is available to pre-order now, with prices starting at £185,000. Which, while no small sum, is actually less than a 720S's original asking price.

Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published on 17 February 2021.