2012 Ariel Atom Mugen

If you believed that the Atom V8 500 was the best Ariel could do, well you were wrong. The company is preparing a limited edition Atom Mugen that has made its world debut at the UK’s Autosport Show in January 2011. The model was built as a celebration of the Atom ’s 10th anniversary and will be limited to only 10 units. Each of these units will feature different livery and will have a numbered plate signed by Ariel and Mugen.

The future Atom Mugen, as you might have guessed, will be developed in cooperation with the Japanese tuner, Mugen, who is no stranger when it comes to developing tuning packages for a number of Honda models.

Together, the two companies were able to build an Ariel Atom that’s so deliciously powerful, 10 models feels like it’s not enough to satiate the craving of Atom fans all over the world.

Details for the 2012 Ariel Atom Mugen after the jump

Exterior and Interior

Ariel Atom Mugen

Apart from the standard features that come with the regular Atom models, the Atom Mugen will include a custom paint livery and badging that will be unique to each of the 10 models. There will also be four pot lightweight calipers and ventilated front and rear discs. At the interior, the Atom Mugen will come with a multi-function LCD screen that conveniently sits in front of the driver while displaying all the pertinent information the driver needs, including gearshift indicators and lap times.

Last but certainly not least, each of the 10 models will have their own unique numbered plaque that will be signed by Mugen and Ariel engineers responsible for the development and build of the Atom Mugen.


Ariel Atom Mugen

The Atom will use a 2.0-liter K20Z Type R naturally-aspired engine borrowed from the Honda Civic Type R , but tricked out by Mugen to deliver 270 horsepower at 8,600 RPM, a bump up of 25 horsepower from the Atom 245. Performance numbers for the Atom Mugen equate to a 0-60 mph time of just 2.9 seconds and a top speed of around 150 mph.

Mr. Hiroki Toyoda, Vice President of Mugen Euro, said "The Type R Honda is the best 2.0 liter normally aspirated engine available. We have put our experience and know how to release even more power from the engine and we’re delighted to see our engine in the Ariel Atom.


Ariel Atom Mugen

We’ve already touched on the fact that only 10 of these rockets will be made by Ariel and Mugen. Unfortunately, one of them has already been sold, leaving the rest of us with nine models to fight over. Each one will cost £49,740 including VAT. That’s about $78,700 based on current exchange rates.


Ariel Atom Mugen

One competitor that should give the Ariel Atom Mugen a run for its money is the KTM X-Bow . Despite vastly different aesthetic styling, both the X-Bow and Atom have similar performance specs that aren’t that far from each other. Whereas the Atom has a 2.0-liter K20Z Type R naturally-aspired engine that produces 270 horsepower - thanks to Mugen - the KTM X-Bow counters with an Audi-sourced 2.0-liter TFSI DOHC engine that produces around 240 horsepower.

  • Mugen partnership is a great thing
  • Commemorative model makes it more special
  • 270 horsepower for a car that weighs under 640 kg
  • Limited stock means harder to find
  • A bit expensive for a track-day sports car
  • Purely for thrill-seeking purposes
Ariel Atom Mugen


is it a human size car? it look small though. But i think this one look more clean compared to KTM. So are they planning to join this car on racing track? I guess it would be more useful if they did that and not only for thrill-seeking purposes.

I bet Ariel is so lucky for having a partnership with the Mugen! 640 kg? Isn’t it heavy?
How does it manage to have an speed of 270 hp on that weight?

This is weird making a special edition for mid size level car! It will cost more than 300 as well.

The Honda gearbox in the Atom is great, unlike the VW derived Audi gearbox in the KTM. I was pretty quite disappointed with the Xbow gearbox tbh.

Don’t worry its a road car do a turbo on it then really go!

well i guess we have our own taste about cars. i like the GT-R and the m3 GTS. but somethings missing.. where is the Lotus evora?

that’s great dude, also good thing that they used a mugen engine, better sound, better quality and of course better performance for a car like this.

when i saw this one, I remember my highscool days, I used to build my own bike from scrap. (I’m not saying that this is a crap)what I’m saying is my full attention and dedication is there with my bike.. what i mean is they fully focused on building this one and they had really given a dedication and hard work for this baby come into life.

Impressive, good thing that the fitted this atom with a 2.0 R engine of honda. well for sure this is another Iconic vehicle on track. unfortunately you can drive this baby on good conditions and good road.

Further frippery will include a special coat of paint and a plaque proclaiming its special place in the order along with the signatures of the Mugen and Ariel technicians who built it (just one of each will have their hands on the machine).

lovely parade, i like the M3 GTS. the evo looks so simple at the parade

it’s hard to believe that 10 whole years have passed since the only Brit crazier than Amy Winehouse hit the world stage.

So true. Whoever greenlighted this project needs to be promoted to new product development manager

I still find it amusing that the Atom spanks the Enzo. And if you need more power, theres always the Atom V8, which beats them all, and for much cheaper than anything from the Ferrari stable.

agree, and KTM is used for competition that’s why you cannot compare it to KTM

KTM is different it has more power and quite expensive. this baby is good for recreation use... it has a reasonable power and quite good in terms of price.

Lovely It looks more fun to drive than the KTM. I guess this baby can accelerate faster than any other car die to its weight and engine performance.

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