The greatest kit car in a box maker has finaly come up with a new creation, and is set to unveil it at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The Noble M600 super car is expected to go on sale as early as the beginning of 2010. The M600 continues the philosophy that Noble started with models like the M15 and M400, but while the M15 is still quite sharp and angular and muscular, the M600 bears a strong resemblance to the design of Italian automakers like Ferrari.
Under the hood Noble has borrowed a V8 from the Volvo XC90 SUV, although in the sports car it is mounted longitudinally and pressurized by a pair of turbochargers. Although this may seem like an odd choice to borrow from, remember that other Nobles have used versions of Ford’s Duratec engines that were based on the designs of everyday cars like the European Mondeo. Noble chooses to get their performance from overall mass, and keep the power plants tuned for reliability. The total output in the M600 will be somewhere around 650 HP, allowing the light weight kit car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 MPH.
It’s been quite long time since we last hear something about the future M600. But since the last heavily disguised spy shot, the U.K. based Car Magazine managed to catch the car without disguise in our backyard. Although the Noble M600 will be revealed next year, the car is still doing some hot weather testing in Arizona. Expect prices will start from around £100,000 (no word yet on U.S. pricing.)
Under the hood Noble placed a V8 engine borrowed from the Volvo XC90, longitudinally mounted and breathed upon by two turbochargers. Although this may seem like an odd car to borrow from, remember other Nobles have used versions of Ford’s Duratec engines that were based on designs from everyday cars like the European Mondeo. The total output in the M600 will be somewhere around 630 hp.
The M600 will likely weigh only 2400 lbs. Top speed will be around 200mph, while the 0-60mph dash will take three-point-something seconds.
Noble will unveil the M600 supercar next year. AutoCar caught the car testing at the British test track. With the 650 hp two-seater, Noble hopes to relaunch the firm.
The M600 is powered by a 4.4-litre V8, the same unit that’s used in the Volvo XC90, but here it’s fitted with twin turbochargers to offer 650bhp and genuine supercar pace. The engine is mated by a six-speed Graziano gearbox. The entire body is made out of carbon -fiber so the weight will be reduced under 1000 kg.
The M600 will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in less than 4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 200 mph.
In a recent interview with Piston Heads, the company’s new boss Peter Boutwood announced that the launch of the new M600 is near by. The car will be conceptually similar to a Ferrari F40 and will be limited to only 40 unit a year.
The car is currently under testings and development programme. The M600 is to be announced, but this will not happen before it has been completely and thoroughly tested.
It will however be a carbon fibre body shell, twin turbo V8 powered, with a six speed gearbox designed and developed for Noble by Graziano Trasmissioni.
The M600 will have no "absolute" competitors, but obviously it will appeal to those already in the high performance market; the nearest competitor Noble can equate in conceptual terms is probably the Ferrari F40.
The car will not have a convertible version and Noble will soon post the first images on its official web site.
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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.
In 2000, the Noble M12 GTO threatened to turn the established supercar market on its head. With its mix of scorching performance, race-bred dynamics and immaculate build quality, the Noble could be bought for a fraction of the cost of most of its rivals, but gave away nothing to them on the road and track. The press raved about it and demand rapidly grew as buyers saw this British-designed car as a credible alternative to cars costing more than twice the price.