Most petrolheads will be getting hyped about the impending Geneva Motor Show right now.
However, some of us here in the Petrol News office are looking ahead to May which will bring the considerably more local London Motor Show – even more so now we know the Noble M600 CarbonSport will be there.
Leicester-based Noble might be an unknown to many readers, but the company has been producing high-speed sports cars with a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout since 1999 – even if production numbers has been decidedly modest.
So why should anyone care about this new Noble?
Well, the M600 CarbonSport uses a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine with a power output of 662bhp to clear a 0-60mph sprint in 3.5 seconds with an estimated top speed of 225mph.
With a dry weight of 1,198kg, that means the M600 CarbonSport has a power to weight ratio of 552bhp per ton – more than the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari 458 Speciale.
Noble’s team has spent five years developing the car with speed and handling at the forefront. They insist this focus hasn’t been at the expense of comfort or practicality though, with a cabin that features a traditional bespoke British hand-built finish.
Dotted around the cabin, you’ll find a centre console, door cards and gear knob made from carbon, hand-turned knobs and fine quality wool carpets bound to the edge with leather. Sticking with the carbon fibre theme, the seats are made of lightweight carbon fibre composite construction which can be bespoke to individual requirements.
Alec Mumford, chairman of the London Motor Show, hailed Noble Cars as “a major feat of British ingenuity, nouse and sheer brilliance”.
“This car is an absolute testament to this country,” he commented. “A beautiful car which is sure to capture the heart of visitors at the show.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, added: “The Noble name might mean very little to even the most hardened petrolhead, but what they’ve cooked up here has serious promise.”
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