Noble has made some stunning cars – mainly in s shed. They embody everything that works in the UK’s cottage supercar business, and despite their cars being a concoction of parts from other makers bins the whole is distinctly greater than the sum of its parts.
Next up for Noble is the M600, which signifies a big leap in target market. The Noble M600 is heading where Lotus did a generation ago with the Esprit – aiming to take on the ‘Big-Boys’. The M600 was out testing in Arizona last year in the company of a Porsche Carrera GT, which indicates just how high Noble is aiming.
The style is much more mainstrean supercar, if a little generic. Power comes from the Volvo 4.4 litre V8 you’d normally find in the Volvo XC90, but Noble has strapped a pair of turbos on to lift the power to 650bhp. Expected to stir that power is a six-speed Graziano gearbox, and with the weight kept down to a low 1,000kg by use of an all carbon fibre body, we can expect to see the M600 delivering a 0-60 time of around 3.8 seconds.
Nobles are drivers cars. Their ethos is to offer incredible performance and leave the work to the driver, and not rely on banks of computers to drive the car. We expect the Noble M600 to follow the same brief when it comes to rewarding the driver.
We’ve been expecting the M600 to be road-ready for a while, but going off this picture, and the testing that’s gone on to date, it can’t be far off now. Can’t wait.