The Noble M600 wasn’t on sale already? That’s the question that popped up when info came out that the production version was now ready for sale. It turns out the blue car we saw on TV, magazines, and the web was a prototype.
According to Autocar, the all carbon fibre M600 is expected to cost around £200,000, with the first car expected to appear at the Peter Smith Sports Cars showroom, in Derby-England, between 10 and 13 February.
Performance promises to be amazing, thanks to the M600 weighing less than 1200kg, and being powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine producing 650hp and 602 lb ft of torque, it will do 0-60mph in 3.5sec and reach an estimated top speed of 225mph.
Noble is back with a new model called the M600. The M600 is only the third car to ever be produced by Noble Automotive, replacing the M12/M400 that went out of production in 2007. While the M600 might be a familiar sight, thanks in large part to the M14 and M15 prototypes (both models never made it into production), the M600 is vastly different in comparison.
When Noble introduced the M15 prototype a while back, the production version was expected to cost around £75,000, the M600 might cost as much as £200,000. Other differences are also found in the Chassis and engine departmens. The M600 features carbon fibre body panels, a stainless steel tub, as well as a steel tube skeleton and chassis. While the M15 was powered by a twin-turbo Ford V6 good for 455hp, the M600 comes re-armed with a twin turbo 4.4l V8 based on a Volvo unit, enabling it to produce an amazing 650hp @ 6800 rpm and 604 lb ft of torque @ 3800rpm. But in order to keep the power in check, the M600 comes equipped with an ECU that allows the driver to select three levels of power outputs from the engine; 450hp, 550hp, or 650hp.
Power is transmitted through a conventional H-pattern, Graziano six speed manual transmission, transferring all that might to the rear wheels. The M600 has a 40/60 weight distribution front to rear, and comes with 19 inch wheels at the front and 20 inch wheels at the back all wrapped around in Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Traction control will be available in the M600, but what will have any average driver's heart pounding is the absence of stability control and an Anti-lock braking system.
Noble Automotive is expected to appoint a new dealership network soon, and will present the car to the public at the Goodwood Revival on the 19th-21st of September. Combine the 650hp figure with a low weight of only 1250kg means that the M600 has basically the same power to weight ratio as the Bugatti Veyron, 520hp vs 521hp. Also take into consideration that the Veyron will relieve your bank account of £925,000, and the M600 begins to look like a bargain. May the 19th arrive quickly.