The Noble M500 Harkens Back to Simpler Times
It will deliver 550 horsepower and will be cheaper than the M600by Alina Moore, on
For the past 12 years, Noble’s only production car was the M600. Then, in 2018 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the company revealed the M500 concept and announced its intention to bring a new model placed under the M600. Now, four years later, those plans are getting closer to reality, and the M500 is about to enter production. Initial details suggest that the first customers will get their cars before the end of 2022 and that the M500 will be priced at £150,000 (a little over $200,000 at current exchange rates).
When Noble announced the M500 concept back in 2018 it promised the new model will be a big step away from the M600 in both design, drivetrain, and materials. And it does in many ways. First of all, the old M600 was powered by a Volvo-sourced mid-mounted 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivered a total of 650 horsepower. According to Autocar, for the M500, Noble dropped the Volvo engine and replaced it with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre Ford V-6 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower. Even if the M500 is 100 horsepower short when compared to the M600, it will deliver enough juice to stand against competitors like the Chevrolet Corvette C8 (495 horsepower) and Porsche 911 Turbo (572 horsepower).
On the other hand, about 70% of the M500’s chassis comes from the M600. This will make the two models to have the same length, but the M500 will be a few inches wider. Also, for the M500, Noble will drop the M600’s carbon fiber bodywork, and will replace it with a shapely new glass-reinforced composite body that will help reducing production cost. The M500 prototype weights about 3,086 lbs, but for the production version, the curb weight aims to go down to about 2,900 lbs due to the use of lighter, production-spec components.
So far we have no images of the interior, but Autocar revealed that the M500 will be offered with Recaro Podium seats and a digital instrument cluster.
The M500 will be put into production by the end of 2022 and Noble plans to build only 50 units a year.