Britain’s Noble Automotive builds bespoke supercars that demand attention. Not just attention from drivers who appreciate their analog pureness—Nobles are blissfully devoid of such driver-isolating distractions such as ABS and traction control—but also from those who appreciate their ideal proportions. The latest Noble, the M600, is the epitome of the breed, a mid-engined supercar with enough performance on tap to shock the established big-name players. Many cars are described as quick, but the M600’s 0-60 mph blast takes only a tick over three seconds—that’s properly, wickedly quick. Motivation comes courtesy of an unusual engine, a V8 developed by Yamaha for Volvo, although no Volvo sees the kind of power that the additional twin-turbochargers bolted up by Noble provide. Its light weight and high output (a full 650 horsepower) perfectly suits the M600’s primarily carbon fiber hand-built body and its advanced stainless steel frame. While the performance is phenomenal, it’s Noble’s dedication to the driver that makes this exceptionally well-crafted car such a delight to both push hard and appreciate standing still.
The Noble M600 uses a 4.4L (4,439 cc) Yamaha/Volvo B8444S V8, albeit with twin Garrett turbochargers equipped with variable boost settings configurable through the use of a switch in the interior. The car produces at least 444 hp (450 PS; 331 kW) in the Road setting (0.6 bar pressure), 542 hp (550 PS; 404 kW) in the Track setting (0.8 bar), and at most 651 hp (660 PS; 485 kW) in the Race setting (1.0 bar). The car uses an Oerlikon Graziano transaxle six-speed manual gearbox and redlines at 7,000 rpm.
The Noble M600 is capable of 0-60 mph within 3 seconds and a top speed estimated at 225 mph (362 km/h). It is also claimed to complete a quarter mile in 11 seconds.
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