Noble is currently producing the Noble M600, using a Volvo twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 650 bhp and featuring a carbon fibre body shell with a robust 6-speed Yamaha gear box. Designed to compete in the same category as the Ferrari F430, the 2,800-pound M600 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just under 3.5 seconds; a supercar be definition the Noble only requires another 4 seconds to reach 100 mph.
The M600 has over 1G of grip on the skid pad. The brake disks in the Noble M600 are steel. The Noble comes with no ABS or ASM and TC as those features will be optional, making the Noble M600 a pure driver’s car. The British supercar will cost around £200,000 when it hits the market and only 50 will be made annually.
Recently, Noble publicly tested an M600 prototype 2 in the USA, comparing its performance with a Porsche Carrera GTand Ferrari Enzo. This prototype was detuned to 500 bhp.
The Noble was also featured on the fifth episode of the 14th series of Top Gear, in which Jeremy Clarkson complained of its lack of features but was astonished by its power and acceleration. The Noble posted a time of 1:17.7 around the Top Gear test track with The Stig behind the wheel on a cold winter day, and despite the conditions the M600 was the eighth-fastest behind the Ariel Atom 500, the McLaren MP4-12C, the Lamborghini Aventador, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, theGumpert Apollo, the Ascari A10 and the Koenigsegg CCX. It beat the Bugatti EB 16.4 Veyron and the Pagani Zonda Roadster F in lap times around the Top Gear test track.
According to UK enthusiast website ATFULLCHAT the management at Noble Automotive have not ignored the possibility of building an M600 roadster. On 22.06.2012 the website published a rendering of an M600 drophead that was commissioned internally by Noble Automotive, although company MD Peter Boutwood is quoted as categorically stating there are no plans at present to produce such a machine.
Follow Down Shift Magazine 's Social Media Feeds: