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The Noble M500 Harkens Back to Simpler Times

The Noble M500 Harkens Back to Simpler Times

It will deliver 550 horsepower and will be cheaper than the M600

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).

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Watch out Ferrari, Noble Just Launched a New Supercar at Goodwood

Watch out Ferrari, Noble Just Launched a New Supercar at Goodwood

It’s not yet ready for production though

Noble, the company responsible for the cool M600 supercar, has just introduced its first brand-new vehicle in years at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s called the M500 and will slot right under the M600 as Noble’s entry-level sports car.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Noble M600 Speedster.

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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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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.

Details on the Noble M600 after the jump.

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Lee Noble's Fenix Automotive to join forces with Arrinera Automotive

Lee Noble’s Fenix Automotive to join forces with Arrinera Automotive

Lee Noble is no neophyte in the supercar business, having already been involved in a number of exotic automotive ventures in the past. After founding Noble Supercars, Noble was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the M600. After selling the company a few years ago, Noble went ahead and established a new South Africa-based brand: Fenix Automotive.

Now, there’s word that Noble has become involved with another start-up exotic builder, Poland’s Arrinera Automotive. The skepticism surrounding the production of Arrinera’s Venocara supercar was justified when the car was unveiled a few months ago, mostly because of a lack of substantial funds to support the entire project. But now that Noble has entered the picture - he reportedly bought a five-percent share in the company - the entire Venocara project seems to have gained some traction.

As part of the agreement, both Arrinera and Fenix are hatching an agreement to create a small group of different brands that will build and develop their own respective supercars. The first step to this collaboration will constitute Fenix selling 50 percent of the company to Arrinera sometime this year, with the end game being that all these brands will form a powerful supercar network in the future.

We don’t know how all of this will play out, but it does create a little bit of excitement to see a group of start-up companies join forces to give the old guards of the industry a serious run for their money.

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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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Lee Noble announces his latest super car creation: Fenix Automotive Limited

Lee Noble announces his latest super car creation: Fenix Automotive Limited

When Lee Noble decided to make a living for himself, the highly motivated Briton decided that designing, building and selling his own brand of affordable super cars would be a good idea. A handful of speed machines later, including the original Noble M12 and even an Ultima GT-R, Mr. Noble’s high performance coach builders are hard at work coming up with the next generation of every man’s super car.

Mr. Noble has just announced his all new endeavor: Fenix Automotive Limited. With the line’s first launch scheduled for the end of 2010, Lee promises an ultra powerful mid engined V8 super car that can accelerate from 0 to 100 MPH in under 7 seconds and cost less than £75,000. According to the man himself, "Our new car will offer buyers performance and dynamics that they’d normally have to spend well over £100,000 to experience, but at a far more affordable price...It will combine simplicity, strength and agility, while its two-seat, closed body will ensure sensible levels of refinement for road use." With a new plan under his belt and a more than a quarter century experience honing his craft, we wouldn’t bet on Fenix Automotive to fail anytime soon.

Press release after the jump.

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Noble is planning a new 650 HP super car for under £100,000

Noble is planning a new 650 HP super car for under £100,000

When Lee Noble decided to make a living for himself, the highly motivated Briton decided that designing, building and selling his own brand of affordable super cars would be a good idea. A handful of speed machines later, including the original Noble M12 and even an Ultima GT-R, Mr. Noble’s high performance coach builders are hard at work coming up with the next generation of every man’s super car. In an recent interview with the automotive journal, AutoCar, Lee Noble announced plans for a a new closed cockpit, mid engine, two seat sports car that is slated to go on sale next year.

The next generation Noble will give owners as much as 650 HP for less than £100,000 and will be limited to just 100 examples per year. Depending on how much money are you ready to pay", the future Noble super car will be powered by a healthy V8 that will produce anywhere from 400 HP all the way up to 650 HP. The new Noble will be shifted with a Graziano six speed manual gearbox, the same transaxle as was used on the previous Noble M600. Weighing in at around 1200 kg, the next generation super car will be ale to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 3.5 seconds and an even more impressive run from 0 to 100 MPH in under 7.0 seconds.

Lee Noble also added that "it’ll start at around £70,000, although even the top-end versions will still cost less than £100,000...I always said I wanted to build a car with the performance of a Ferrari Enzo but for less than £100,000, and unless we do something badly wrong in the near future, that’s what we’ll deliver." If his track record is anything to go by, Lee will certainly deliver on his promise.

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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 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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Noble M15 to be powered by 650 hp Volvo V8 engine?

Noble M15 to be powered by 650 hp Volvo V8 engine?

Noble launched the M15 as a concept first in 2006. It was powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a maximum output of 455 hp and 455lb/ft of torque. But now rumors say that the production version will be powered by the same V8 engine as the Volvo XC90.

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Noble M15 to go into production this year

Noble M15 to go into production this year

The small British sport car manufacturer Noble unveiled last year the M15, an entirely new model that will compete with Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911. Last year Noble has announced that the company will release into sale the first copies in September 2006. But this never happened. Now, the British press reports that Noble will soon start the production of the M15.
Initially the M15 was powered by a twin turbo 3.0 liter V6 engine with an output of 455 hp, but now Noble has (...)

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2007 Noble M15

2007 Noble M15

Noble today unveiled its latest supercar, the new M15. The 455 hp M15 accelerates from 0-60mph in less than 3.3 seconds and 10-100mph in less than 8 seconds.

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2005 Noble M14

2005 Noble M14

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.

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2000 Noble M12 GTO 3R

2000 Noble M12 GTO 3R

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.

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