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Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2010
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:July 19, 2010
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith the M600, Noble Automotive have finally revealed the long expected replacement of the highly acclaimed M12 and the more hardcore M400. First introduced at the turn of the century, the V6-engined sports car had already reached the end of its development cycle some years ago. The M12's main problem was the transverse engine, which started to cause cooling and gearbox reliability problems as the power of the twin-turbo increased.

The issues were first noted and addressed in 2006 when Noble Automotive debuted the M15. Slated as the M12 replacement, the thoroughly redesigned machine featured a longitudinally mounted engine. This was still the same Ford Duratec derived engine, which produced around 450 bhp. The M15 was well received and got a great review in the popular TV-show Top Gear but Noble nevertheless concluded that more was needed to really take on the likes of Ferrari and Porsche.

It took a further three years before the M600 was deemed ready. Its styling clearly carries on where the the M15 left off and it is not unfathomable that the two cars will be produced side by side. What sets the two cars apart is the adoption of a new V8 engine in the M600. To be more specific a turbocharged version of the Volvo 4.4 litre V8 that was originally developed by Yamaha. Equipped with two Garrett turbos it can produce up to 650 bhp. For runs to the local store, the ECU can limit the power to 450 or 550 bhp.

The Volvo sourced V8 is mounted in a steel spaceframe chassis, which is clothed in light weight composite body panels. Like its predecessor, the M400, the new M600 is aimed at the hardcore enthusiast; its option-list mostly reads 'not available.' There is no ESP, ABS and the gearbox is a six speed manual with no flappy-paddle option. This minimalistic approach has helped to keep the weight down to around 1275 kg. Accordingly the M600 accelerates to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 3 seconds and has an estimated top speed of 225 mph (362 km/h).

Announced in the summer of 2009, the Noble M600 was actually first shown to the public during the Goodwood Revival Meeting in September of that year. The 50 car per year production was expected to commence early in 2010. Priced at £200,000, it is directly aimed at the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo and also McLaren's upcoming MP4/12C. For now the M600 is only available in Great Britain.

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