Ariel Atom 500 pricing announced $160K

2010 Ariel Atom 500
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Unlike the traditional Ariel Atom, this high powered formula inspired light weight roadster will be no budget super car. According to Ariel’s CEO Simon Saunders, the 500 HP V8-powered Atom 500 will cost £100,000 or about $160K American. The reports of the 500 being powered by the Caterham Levante’s 10K RPM 2.4 Liter eight cylinder were incorrect, instead the super lightweight will use a Frankenstein combination of two Suzuki Hayabusa engines shaped in a “V.” The $50,000 price tag for the engine as well as the $17,000 transmission account for a sizeable portion of the Atom 500’s overall cost.

Despite owner’s dreams of being able to hang with the big boys while still keeping a budget, the Atom 500’s six digit cost of ownership may have just become out of your price range. Even in one of the company’s four cylinder powered Atom’s you would be able to run circles around any super car due to the Ariel’s light weight simplistic nature. What would be interesting is to see if the Ariel Atom 500 could outrun two Hayabusas, but for $160,000 couldn’t you buy a pair of the Suzuki super bikes and try to make your own?


Source: autoblog

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BMWM6  (488) posted on 06.17.2009

i would just like to ring up the fact that many motorcycle engines have a redline above 10,00 rpm and the busa has the redline starting at 11,000 rpm and i cant remember the new one which this is most likely powered by but it should have an 11,000 rpm

also the price is probably toooooooo much because the frame and fairinf of that car will cost at most 20 k and the engines probably 16 k and lets say alot of other pieces for another 10k that would leave us at 46 k maybe for the ide of such a car 55 k but that still is expensive
is it street legal and like Rod said id rather get bikes than this but not than other cars
id rather get something else

still performance wise the suzuki hayabusa is much better

BMWM6  (824) posted on 06.17.2009

Is great they are using Busas engine.
But I rather buy a Hayabusa and the ZX-14 Kawasaki bikes since I’m not a four wheel guy.

BMWM6  (1024) posted on 06.17.2009

The price is a bit hard to swallow. Love the idea of a 10000 rpm engine though.

BMWM6  (421) posted on 06.16.2009

This car will eat the GTR and every other supercar out there for breakfast when it comes to performance. Love the idea of a modified ’busa motor.

BMWM6  (488) posted on 06.15.2009

woow 2 busa engines thats amazing
people could probably reach 1000 hp with a little modifications. My busa has 420 hp and im still working on it. Alos the regular busa also the suzuki hayabusa goes 0-60 in 2.4 seconds and runs the 1/4 mile in 9.34 seconds stock so with some tuning its an amazing bike

I believe stock the engine gets 197 for this generation. the 1sr generation had 171 hp but still a very good performer Im lucky to have both but my 420 hp busa is the first gen

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