Is Noble’s 225 mph M600 supercar a competitor to Ferrari & McLaren?
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British sports car manufacturer Noble has finally released official images of the much, anticipated Nobel M600 super car. It is a limited-edition vehicle featuring 4.4-liter Volvo’s twin turbo V8 engine. Noble claims that the car will produce a top speed of staggering 225mph. It will have to compete with the most focused and established supercars of Ferrari and McLaren. Peter Boutwood, the managing director of Noble stated that the car will provide a driving experience matching Ferrari F40 and McLaren F1. This car provides a clear and natural, driving experience which we’re totally in control. M600 will be a landmark in the history of Noble. Unlike their previous cars, M600 catches the limelight for its attractiveness along with the pure, traditional, driving ability for which Noble is known. The company has also announced that its M15 version already shown in 2006 will be released after the introduction of M600.
A horizontally mounted, twin turbo, 4.4-liter V8 engine used in M600 is the first of its kind powering a Noble. Customers will be able to run through three ECU output settings to choose between – 450, 550 and 650 Hp with a maximum output torque of 618 lb-ft. As mentioned earlier, M600 can achieve a top speed of 225 Mph. It can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and100 mph in 6.5 seconds. The car is made of a stainless-steel tube frame and a rigid structure with carbon fiber body panels. Its curb weight is about just 2810 p.
M600 closely sticks with Noble’s purist style, and as a result, it will feature no regular antilock brakes or ESP. It also comes with a traction control feature, which can be disabled by a missile-launch switch of British Tornado fighter aircraft. Noble’s efforts have been to make totally free from computer assistance and thus making it a pure driver’s car. Keeping with that goal, the newest Noble will also contain the current crop of paddle-shift transmissions for a traditional six-speed, manual gearbox. Also coming with it are adaptive shock absorbers and carbon ceramic disc brake.
The M600 will make its debut in September at the Goodwood Revival. Pricing will be around £200,000, which is more than twice that of previous models. Peter Boutwood, the MD of Noble, stressed on the fact that the demand for the £50,000 British sports car has dried up, and the $200,000 price tag of the M600 is to mark its own niche in the market. It is an uncharted territory for Noble, but they are confident that the M600 is worthy of it. .Noble is planning to make around 50 units of the M600 annually. However, nothing is mentioned about, whether they will build left-hand-drive model aimed for the American market. With stable performance and supercar looks, the M600 will be the car that takes Noble closer to conventional supercar buyers and it seems to be set to compete head on head with the most focused supercars on the market.