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2015 Noble M600 Speedster

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  • Noble M600 Speedster
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650 @ 6800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    604
  • Displacement:
    4.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    350000 (Est.)
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With the introduction of a convertible prototype for its indomitable M600, appropriately named the Speedster, Noble is stepping into unknown territory. The English automaker is famous for creating low-production, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine sports cars that express pure driving experience, and despite the lack of a roof, this drophead is expected to be no different.

Like the regular M600, the Speedster should offer its passengers very little beyond a total immersion in speed. The only driving assists you’ll find on the hardtop are a rudimentary traction control system and the fear of death. There isn’t even ABS. The handling is hairy, taking a Stig-like touch to drive well. Mounted directly behind the cabin is a 4.4-liter V-8 with two turbochargers strapped to the exhaust manifolds, yielding a total 650 horsepower and 654 pound-feet of torque.

Plumbed into the 2,645-pound body of the current M600, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of 541 horsepower per ton, a figure that bests even the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Properly motivated, we expect the Speedster to emulate its hardtop twin, blasting from a standstill to 60 mph in three seconds, running a standing quarter mile in 11 seconds flat, and hitting a top speed of 225 mph.

Given the uncompromising nature of the Speedster, it should come as no surprise that Noble’s managing director, Peter Boutwood, is a Ferrari F40 owner and former racing driver. According to Autocar, Boutwood says Noble has no immediate plans to produce the Speedster, but rather calls the prototype a “research gathering exercise.”

"If it makes production, our aim is for it to be one of the fastest cabriolets in the world," he said. Considering the long development period required for the small Noble team to actually put an idea into production, a customer-ready Speedster might not appear for some time. We’ll eagerly await the results.

Typically, when a roofless version of a sporty car is released, the overall performance is nerfed. With no material at the top to hold it together, the chassis loses a substantial amount of torsional rigidity, which yields a serious penalty when it comes to cornering prowess. Automakers often attempt to fix this with addition bracing lower in the body, but that creates weight. And weight, if you didn’t already know, is the sworn enemy of any performance measurement. It makes everything worse — acceleration, braking, lateral grip, even fuel mileage.

Given this fact, you may be surprised to hear that Noble chopped the top on its hardcore, driver-oriented M600. However, the company says it’s happy with the current stiffness of the carbon fiber body, and thus consequently left it structurally unaltered in the Speedster prototype.

The question remains: can Noble really offer all that speed in a car with unlimited headroom?

Updated 01/09/2015: Noble unveiled the M600 Speedster at the 2015 Autosport International show. The model revealed at the show is still a prototype version and the company announced no plans to come with a production version, but we have big hopes.

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Super Veloce Racing Becomes Noble Dealer, Brings Bespoke M600 to London Motor Show

Super Veloce Racing Becomes Noble Dealer, Brings Bespoke M600 to London Motor Show

The British, low-volume sports car gets a customization program

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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2015 Noble M600 Speedster

2015 Noble M600 Speedster

With the introduction of a convertible prototype for its indomitable M600, appropriately named the Speedster, Noble is stepping into unknown territory. The English automaker is famous for creating low-production, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine sports cars that express pure driving experience, and despite the lack of a roof, this drophead is expected to be no different.

Like the regular M600, the Speedster should offer its passengers very little beyond a total immersion in speed. The only driving assists you’ll find on the hardtop are a rudimentary traction control system and the fear of death. There isn’t even ABS. The handling is hairy, taking a Stig-like touch to drive well. Mounted directly behind the cabin is a 4.4-liter V-8 with two turbochargers strapped to the exhaust manifolds, yielding a total 650 horsepower and 654 pound-feet of torque.

Plumbed into the 2,645-pound body of the current M600, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of 541 horsepower per ton, a figure that bests even the mighty Bugatti Veyron. Properly motivated, we expect the Speedster to emulate its hardtop twin, blasting from a standstill to 60 mph in three seconds, running a standing quarter mile in 11 seconds flat, and hitting a top speed of 225 mph.

Given the uncompromising nature of the Speedster, it should come as no surprise that Noble’s managing director, Peter Boutwood, is a Ferrari F40 owner and former racing driver. According to Autocar, Boutwood says Noble has no immediate plans to produce the Speedster, but rather calls the prototype a “research gathering exercise.”

"If it makes production, our aim is for it to be one of the fastest cabriolets in the world," he said. Considering the long development period required for the small Noble team to actually put an idea into production, a customer-ready Speedster might not appear for some time. We’ll eagerly await the results.

Typically, when a roofless version of a sporty car is released, the overall performance is nerfed. With no material at the top to hold it together, the chassis loses a substantial amount of torsional rigidity, which yields a serious penalty when it comes to cornering prowess. Automakers often attempt to fix this with addition bracing lower in the body, but that creates weight. And weight, if you didn’t already know, is the sworn enemy of any performance measurement. It makes everything worse — acceleration, braking, lateral grip, even fuel mileage.

Given this fact, you may be surprised to hear that Noble chopped the top on its hardcore, driver-oriented M600. However, the company says it’s happy with the current stiffness of the carbon fiber body, and thus consequently left it structurally unaltered in the Speedster prototype.

The question remains: can Noble really offer all that speed in a car with unlimited headroom?

Updated 01/09/2015: Noble unveiled the M600 Speedster at the 2015 Autosport International show. The model revealed at the show is still a prototype version and the company announced no plans to come with a production version, but we have big hopes.

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Noble M600 Could get an Open-Top Version

Noble M600 Could get an Open-Top Version

Last June Noble unveiled the first teaser image, making us believe that sometime in the future we could see a roadster version for the M600 supercar. However, the company said nothing else on such a possible model since then. Now, Peter Boutwood, managing director of Noble is bringing the M600 Roadster back into discussion.

According to him: "We haven’t built or tested one, but it is a feasible project." If built, the M600 Roadster would use a removable roof panel made of lightweight carbon fiber. When removed, the roof can be stored in the engine bay, so that the passenger can enjoy the same interior space as in the coupe.

Also, the company decided to go for a roof panel because it is not structural and it will not affect the M600’s handling capabilities. Talking about this new roof, Boutwood said: "It’s not about how it looks, it’s about how it goes and drives. We would never compromise the car".

Everything else will be borrowed from the coupe version. If built, the next M600 Roadster will arrive on the market in the next two or three years.

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2013 Noble M600 Carbon Sport

2013 Noble M600 Carbon Sport

There is no doubt that a supercar looks the best when it is offered with a bare-carbon-fiber body. The Noble M600, for example, is a pretty cool car, but the model displayed by Noble in Geneva is even more amazing.

In fact, Noble came in Geneva with two different M600s: the Carbon Sport - made of course in carbon fiber - and the Meco version featuring a blue exterior with white wheels. As you probably have guessed the one in carbon fiber was, of course, our favorite.

The M600 is powered by a Volvo-sourced Yamaha V-8 engine and comes in three different power levels: 450, 550 and 650 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and won’t stop until it hits a top speed of 225 mph.

We are not too sure how much this version will cost, we’re sure you will have to pay more than the $320,000 you’d pay for the base version.

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Noble releases picture of M600 Convertible, calls it a “styling exercise"

Noble releases picture of M600 Convertible, calls it a “styling exercise"

While speaking to ATFULLCHAT at the recent Pageant of Power event at Cholmondeley, Noble Automotive MD Peter Boutwood officially released the very first, and possibly the only picture ever, of a Noble M600 Convertible.

After the M600 coupe’s launch a couple of years back, we always felt that something was missing from Noble’s range with a convertible being at the very top of our wish list. However, it’s worth noting at this point that the following image is simply being pinned as “a factory styling exercise” with Boutwood claiming “there are definitely no plans at present to produce it.”

Nevertheless, it’s still an interesting prospect being showcased by Noble and despite their claims that it’s only a styling exercise, we have a slight inkling that if pre-existing Noble customers and possible new customers like the idea, and Noble Automotive can find the funds to produce such a car, the company will prepare an M600 Convertible in the coming years.

With that being said, the following picture only seems to be a rendering of a convertible variant rather than an actual photograph taken of a one-off M600 convertible. As a result, we’ll take Boutwood’s statement to heart, but we’ll still dream of a convertible M600 being produced some day, even if that means an out-of-house tuner has to perform the conversion.

Do you think Noble should consider turning this “styling exercise” into a production ready car? Hit us up in the comments section below!

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Video: Noble M600 and Atom V8 at the Nurburgring

Video: Noble M600 and Atom V8 at the Nurburgring

We love watching videos of some of the hottest sports and super cars do their thing on some of the best race tracks in the world, so when we came across a 20 minute long video of the Ariel Atom V8 and the Noble M600 in action at the most impressive race track, we had to jump on it.

Chris Harris was behind the wheel of two of the most amazing British supercars for his little trip around the Nurburgring. The two cars were borrowed from the factory, so it was even more challenging for Harris. No one wants a super car maker mad at them for wrecking borrowed cars, right? But in the end, Chris Harris described the experience as "scary as sh*t, but awesome!"

As a reminder, the Ariel Atom V8 is powered by a Hartley-built 3.0 liter V8 engine that produces 500 HP and 284 lb-ft at 7750 rpm. The Noble M600 is powered by a Volvo-sourced mid-mounted 4.4-liter V8 engine with a couple of turbochargers in it. For the M600, Noble is producing three power variants – a 450 horsepower, a 550 horsepower, and a range topping 650 horsepower with 654 lb/ft of torque.

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TopSpeed’s Fastest Cars of 2011

We’re rounding off our Best of 2011 lists with one that is near and dear to our hearts. This list is all about top speed and top speed only, those who have it and one who hopes to achieve it.

Of course, speed hopes are nothing new. The battle for the fastest car in the world has been ongoing since the sports and super cars first made their appearance and more than likely, it will never end. These past couple years have been a game of one-upmanship between SSC and Bugatti with both succeeding in one way or another. But who tops the list for 2011?

Before getting into that, we think it is important to note that we only incorporated vehicles that were sold in 2011. For example, the Koenigsegg CCX may have a top speed of 240 mph, but that production ended in 2010, which takes the supercar out of the running for this list in particular. Don’t worry, though, Koenigsegg is still well-represented.

Hit the jump to see the top ten list of the fastest cars of 2011.

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Video: Top Gear trio rolls around Rome in three supercars

Video: Top Gear trio rolls around Rome in three supercars

Everyone’s favorite trio since the Three Stooges is back in the headlines after a few months of relative obscurity.

Yes, friends; Clarkson, Hammond, and May are coming back for the 18th season of Top Gear and one of the first segments that has been leaked out is a real doozy. The trio was recently spotted filming a segment for Top Gear in Rome, Italy with a trio of exotics that would make any car-loving individual turn green envy.

Check out the digs the boys have in their hands - a Lamborghini Aventador, a Noble M600, and a McLaren MP4-12C - and tell us that you don’t want to just to beat up these guys and run away with their supercars.

Thoughts of violence aside, we’re actually pretty happy to see these guys back in action. We don’t know what kind of gimmick they have for those three exotics, but considering their long and rather infamous history with the cars they drive on the show, anything short of memorable will be a disappointment.

While we await for the season to kick off at the break of 2012, we can sit down and enjoy this video of the three supercars being prepped for the three luckiest men on the planet.

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2011 Noble M600

2011 Noble M600

For a car that took a few years to develop, you would think that Noble would take to great lengths in hyping the hotly-anticipated production debut of their new supercar, the M600.

Instead, it was about as low-key as it could get. On one hand, we weren’t surprised considering that the company isn’t particularly known for bombastic and glitzy unveilings. On the other hand, you would think that a car of this stature should have had its own stage, a chance for the world to see the final product of Noble’s hard work and dedication.

In any case, Noble has finally introduced the production version of the M600 and yes, the car looks to be as good as advertised. The supercar’s appearance maintains a slender and contoured shape that doesn’t scream for attention every time you look at it, unlike other supercars we’ve seen in the past. For those of you that think a subtle yet aggressive design on a supercar doesn’t work, the M600 is proof that it definitely can. It’s also worth noting, at least as far as we’re concerned, that at first glance, you notice a few similarities with other supercars. It doesn’t mean that Noble spiked some design elements from its competitors, but rather used them as inspiration to design a car that looks about as stunning as we imagined.

UPDATE 09/08/11: Marchettino has done it again, shooting a new video of the Noble M600 supercar revving its engine around Monaco! Trust us, the sounds coming out of this supercar is nothing short of amazing, so you’ll want to hear it! Turn up your volume and hit the jump for the video.

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Video: Fifth Gear drives the Noble M600

Video: Fifth Gear drives the Noble M600

After Top Gear had their way with the Noble M600, Fifth Gear also had the chance to drive the new Noble M600 supercar.

The Noble M600 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with over 650 HP underneath the hood that’s capable of pulling off a 0-60 mph in just under three seconds. The M600 can hit a top speed of 223 mph. Based on a tubular chassis and carbon fiber panels, the Noble M600 weights only 1275 kilograms. The car only comes with a six-speed manual transmission with no anti-lock brakes to go with it. Additionally, the car’s traction control system can be deactivated, giving full control of the car to the hands and skills of the man sitting behind the wheel.

We almost forgot! If 650 HP is somehow too much for you, Noble is also offering 450 hp or 550 hp version.

Check out the video to see Jason Plato behind the wheel of the new Noble M600 supercar!

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Video: Top Gear tests out the Noble M600

Video: Top Gear tests out the Noble M600

The Noble M600 has everything you need in a powerhouse sports car; it’s got a Volvo-sourced, twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with over 650 horsepower underneath the hood that’s capable of pulling off a 0-60 mph of just under three seconds.

Sure, it may not have all the technological and safety capabilities of its supercar counterparts, but short-changing it for its lack of gadgetry is far and away a short-sighted approach.

Our friends over at Top Gear went out and tested the Noble M600 out on their track in England. Frontman Jeremy Clarkson was the first to take a stab at the niche supercar before turning over the reins to the show’s resident-driver, the Stig. Check out the video to see how the Top Gear folks were able to tame the unbridled power of the M600.

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Noble releases first official photos of M600 supercar

Noble releases first official photos of M600 supercar

After months of endless teasing, Noble has finally decided to satiate our cravings – even for just a tad – by releasing the first official set of photos of the Noble M600 supercar. That’s right. Camouflage-free, ladies and gentlemen!

The M600, the latest in a run of sports cars created by Noble, comes with a Volvo-based twin-turbo V8 engine that’s capable of producing as much as 650 horsepower. In addition to looking every bit the supercar many of us expected, the M600 is also taking a traditional approach by veering away from driver-assisted technologies to become a true purist car, in every sense of the word. The car only comes with a six-speed manual transmission with no anti-lock brakes to go with it. Additionally, the car’s traction control system can be deactivated, giving full control of the car to the hands and skills of the man sitting behind the wheel.

The M600’s expected price tag is around £200,000, a huge spike from Noble’s past models – the M14 and M5 in particular – but it’s not as if the price is completely inflated. Once you check out what’s underneath the hood, you’ll get a better understanding as to why this car costs more than twice as much as any other Noble model in the market today.

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Noble M600 spied undisguised

Noble M600 spied undisguised

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.

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Noble M600 - spy shot

Noble M600 - spy shot

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.

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Noble M600 spy shots

Noble M600 spy shots

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.

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Noble M600 Prototype Z1 ready to be announced

Noble M600 Prototype Z1 ready to be announced

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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