Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Reveal : 2010 Noble M600

The small British manufacturer - Noble, has just come-up with a new supercar out of no were. Noble Automotive started off in 1999, and made its name with several sportscar like the M12, M400, M14, and M15. Now though, Noble unveiled this M600, and it promises to compete with supercars like Porsche 911 GT2, Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.
It's really hard to tell that this is a new 2010 model. Because where supercar manufacturers are going towards modern and funky designs, Noble's approach in the M600 is a classic old-school supercar look. Mean front-fascia, and a slopping rear-end. Even inside, it's layed-out like a classic supercar; just a thin rim steering wheel, and a gear-shifter. Though some elements like the white gauges and the carbon-fiber center stack do look modern. Overall, it's very purist in its way, and that what really differs a Noble supercar from others.
Engine & Performance:
Continues with the purist feel, the 2010 Noble M600 gets a V8 engine. It's a Volvo-sourced 4.4L V8, with added twin-turbocharged system. It packs an incredible punch; 650 hp and 618 lb-ft. Of course, to add to the purist machine, power is delivered to the rear-wheels only via a 6-speed Graziano manual transmission. With a curb-weight of only 1274 kilograms (166 kilograms lighter than the 997 GT2), the Noble M600 will sprint to 60 mph in 3-seconds flat, 100 mph comes in at 6.5 seconds, and on-wards to a top speed of 225 mph.
Suspension & Handling:
Of course, Noble won't put such massive power into the M600, until Noble's engineers assure that the M600 will be able to handle tight turns fast like on a race track. Well, instead of using the usual electronic helpers like ESP and ABS, Noble tweaked and fine-tuned the suspension and chassis. Noble claim that the M600 will handle corners will full 650 hp pace. The only electronic assist is traction-control, and even that, can be fully switched off.

The new Noble will hit dealerships across Europe in November 2009. Production will be limited to 50 units annually, with a price tag of £200,000 (roughly $328,000 US dollars).

The embedded video below is Autocar's internet debut of the 2010 Noble M600, and even a test-drive.

Source : [Noble via Autocar]

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