TMI AutoTech will hand-build the Nomad on an order basis, deliveries accepted in North, Central, and South America

U.S. customers itching for the chance to own the Ariel Nomad will finally get their chance after the long-reported partnership between England-based Ariel and Virginia’s TMI AutoTech was finally made official. The team-up gives TMI AutoTech the license to produce and sell the extreme dune buggy in the U.S. market. All that time of wishing to see the Nomad in our shores and it’s finally going to happen.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Nomad, think of it as an off-road version of the track-focused Atom, right down to the Nomad’s own brand of hellaciously fun performance credentials. It’s got the same Honda-sourced 2.4-liter K24 engine tuned to deliver 230 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque while mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. It may not run as smooth as the Atom on a race track, but the Nomad is still good enough to pounce to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and 100 mph in 8.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 125 mph. The Nomad also comes with a similar exoskeleton body as the Atom. Considering its purpose, Ariel took the time to reinforce the tube frame design while also toughening up the chassis to be able to deal with unpaved terrain, the kind of surface that the Nomad was built to conquer.

Everything about the Nomad looks and sounds like a ball of fun. The only downside, if you can even call it that, is the car’s price tag. That starts at an incredible $80,000 for the Sport variant and $92,250 for the Tactical version. By comparison, the standard Ariel Atom retails in the U.S. for $64,500, although the myriad of versions does push the model’s price up to the vicinity of the Nomad. The Atom 3S, for example, comes with a price tag of $89,975.

If customers are willing to pay that much money for the Nomad – I can’t blame them – TMI will be happy to accommodate any orders from North, Central, and South America.

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Why it matters

The Ariel Atom is awesome in every sense of the word, but a case can be made that the Ariel Nomad is more suited for American customers simply because there are a lot of places in this beautiful country of ours to maximize the full potential of the Nomad. The Tactical variant, in particular, is just begging to be driven in the outdoors, all because it also comes with adjustable Ohlins dampers, Alcon brakes, and a hydraulic handbrake, all in addition to all the specs of the standard model. I’m getting excited just talking about it!

My only point of concern, and it’s probably shared by other people, is the price tag. For all intents and purposes, the Nomad is an expensive car. Heck, $80,000 will already get you a mid-spec BMW M4 or a Mercedes-AMG C 63. I know the temptation to have a car like the Nomad is real and as much as I like it, I don’t think I’ll be able to pull the trigger on it when the alternatives are impressive in their own right. I mean, would you rather have an M4 or a Nomad? I think I’d go with the BMW.

To be fair, Ariel probably doesn’t want you to make that decision either. The Nomad is what it is and the English automaker isn’t making any apologies for it. It’s not an every day car; it’s a hobby car meant for people who can afford to buy it and wouldn’t feel guilty about the price because they already have the M4 in their garages. And if that’s the case, those who have the financial spending capabilities to buy the Nomad are going to get a car that’s about as good as it gets for an off-road marauder. I can’t even begin to imagine how much fun future owners of the Nomad will have with the car. Now if only I had $80,000 to spend on one…

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Read our full review on the Ariel Nomad here.

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