Having conquered the specialist sports car market over the last five years, Noble Automotive is now launching an all-new model, which will firmly establish it at the quality end of the supercar market.
Head of design, Lee Noble, said of the M14: “We aim to catch an entirely new audience with this model, one that cares as much about the grade of leather used in the cabin as how fast the car will accelerate to 100 mph. We also anticipate that M14 buyers will demand ‘jump-in-and-drive’ convenience, without any sacrifice in exclusivity or sophistication. I’m satisfied that these criteria have been achieved without any compromise.”
From the M14’s conception, Lee Noble has focused on creating a form that eschews current design trends, and majors on a far more emotive shape, led by broad, sweeping curves along the car’s flanks, an aggressive front treatment and a graceful – yet imposing – rear end.
“Passion has dominated the M14’s design philosophy,” says Lee, “but we’ve also ensured that the car has a thoroughly bespoke feel in its detailing.”
This fact is obvious when you look more closely at the car: beautifully engineered door handles, hewn from billets of aluminum; six circular rear light lenses, which make reference to legendary supercars from the past; the rear screen, which reveals the engine’s plenum chamber protruding above the perforated aluminum engine cover; and the body-colored rear diffuser, which cuts deep into the rear panel, highlighting the twin exhausts which exit from its centre.
Drivertain & Performance
Noble has chosen again to adopt a highly-modified version of Ford’s 3.0-litre V6, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, for use in the M14. The unit, which in base form also powers certain Jaguar cars, has proved particularly durable in five years of Noble M12 development and production.
Like the GTO-3R and M400 models, the engine employs twin turbochargers, but uses an engine map developed specifically for the M14. In common with the 425 bhp M400 model, the M14 will gain forged pistons to ensure durability.
Twin intercoolers now feature in the M14, and are mounted behind each rear wheel arch. This location has two clear advantages: it creates vital space at the back of the car for a luggage compartment; and cooler air can now be ducted over each internal wheel arch cover, rather than above the engine, improving the efficiency of the intercoolers.
Trimmed in the finest Italian leather (Noble uses the same supplier as Ferrari for the M14) there is no mistaking the M14 cabin’s aura of quality and luxury. The padded leather extends throughout the cabin, and is complimented by grey Alcantara roof lining and a gear tunnel and centre console formed in a gunmetal-colored composite material. The floor and some lower sections of the cabin are trimmed in deep, 80 per cent wool carpet. There are even leather sill pads, incorporating the ‘Noble’ logo, for drivers to lean against while exiting the car.
The stunning and sumptuous seats, which will be standard in all M14s are manufactured specifically for Noble. They feature a carbon fiber frame, for strength and lightness, and are trimmed in the same top-grade leather seen elsewhere in the cabin. Both seats incorporate fore and aft adjustment, as well as reclining backrests and tilt adjustment.
The instrument cluster comprises a speedometer and revcounter, the graphics and needles of which glow blue when the ignition is switched on. As the engine revs rise, the revcounter’s needle changes from blue to pink as it sweeps past the 4100 rpm increment, and from pink to red from 6100 rpm to the 7200 rpm engine cut out. All illuminated controls dim automatically when the headlights are switched on.