Super Veloce Racing Becomes Noble Dealer, Brings Bespoke M600 to London Motor Show
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The SVR denomination may be famous for its presence on high-performance Jaguars and Land Rovers built by the brand’s Special Vehicles Operations division, but in England it also stands for Super Veloce Racing, a sports car dealer that sells Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Aston Martins for a living. Recently, SVR was also appointed by Noble Automotive as its official sales and service dealer in the U.K., and the small firm in Buckinghamshire will use the 2016 London Motor Show to showcase its first custom-built M600.
Unveiled in 2010, the Noble M600 is low-volume, V-8 sports car that’s most famous for being driven three times on Top Gear and for being praised by Jeremy Clarkson. The Noble also scored a 1:17-minute lap around the show’s track, beating both the Pagani Zonda F and the Bugatti Veyron.
The fact that SVR will handle M600 sales from now on isn’t the only news that comes with the press release. Super Veloce Racing also announced that the deal also includes a test drive with a professional racing driver and a customization program. SVR says that buyers will be able to select "bespoke details that can go beyond unique aesthetic details and can include complex changes that are more than skin deep," but declined to provide actual details.
The M600 in question gets its juice from the same 4.4-liter V-8 found in the standard car. Although the Yamaha-developed engine is pretty old, being used by Noble since 2010 and by Volvo in the first-generation XC90 as early as 2005, Noble is able to squeeze up to 659 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of twist from it, which is the same output the show car will come with. Its power-to-weight ratio is an impressive 558 horses per tonne, enabling the car to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 3.5 seconds. The 0-to-120 mph sprint is achieved in 8.9 seconds, while top speed is estimated at 225 mph. The engine mates to the same race-bred, six-speed transaxle.
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Why it matters
Although details are slim and the two cars set to be displayed in London appear to feature only bespoke paint jobs, it’s safe to assume that customers will be able to order more than that. Liveries similar to what Pagani offers for its Huayra and several interior options are likely on the table, but it remains to be seen whether or not Noble will offer an engine update. Chassis tweaks in the form of revised suspension and braking systems should be offered given that the M600 is already six years old, but an engine upgrade is also mandatory in order for Noble to keep up with newer sports cars. A powerplant that could deliver at least 700 horsepower would make for a significant improvement and enable the M600 to hit the 62-mph benchmark quicker than ever before. On the other hand, the old Yamaha engine might not be up for it, in which case the M600 could soldier on with the existing power options for a few more years, until a new engine is developed.
Read our full review on the Noble M600 here.