The clear, powerful, unfiltered flavors the Brits might miss in their food that they save for their beer and their cars. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, British sports car manufacturer Noble displayed a prototype called the M500 which would become an entry level option below the M600. Four years later, Noble’s eight full-time employees have a near-production version ready for the show and undergoing final testing. The M600 is powered by a mid-mount turbocharged version of the 4.4-liter V8 developed by Yamaha for Volvo that develops 650 horsepower, has a tubular steel frame chassis dressed in carbon fiber body panels on a chassis tubular and costs around £200,000 (US$275,000). As with the prototype, the M500 will be powered by the Ford GT’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 developing around 550 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, dress a similar evolution to 70% of the M600 chassis in fiberglass panels. glass, and costs around £150,000 (US$206,000).
Each horse is sent to the rear wheels. The expected production wet weight of 1,250 kilograms (2,756 pounds) should give a 60mph dash in about 3.5 seconds, on a top speed near 200mph. Noble will offer a full carbon body panel option for buyers willing to spend a lot more money for a little less weight.
The C7 Chevrolet Corvette headlights remained from 2018, as did the Citroën C4 Picasso taillights. In pursuit of a total direct driving experience, the vital overhaul sees the M500 ditch the prototype’s dual-clutch transmission for a six-speed manual from Graziano. The steering will be hydraulic, the four-corner double-wishbone coil-over suspension will feature passive dampers, and there will be no ABS or airbags. The M500 will be slightly “less visceral” than the M600. The standard Recaro Podium carbon seats can be swapped out for more forgiving thrones, the cabin is a little wider for extra elbow room and two large displays convey heaps of gauge and infotainment information. Noble might have been a little heavy on the Alcantara, though.
If 2022 erects no more obscene roadblocks, the first M500s will be delivered to customers by the end of this year, with annual production targeted at 50 units. Unfortunately, unlike British food and beer, the Noble is not expected to make it to the United States.
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