Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2010 Noble M600 Supercar Spied Testing In Europe

THE LAST TIME we reported on the Noble M600 was a little over a year ago, and it’s clear that in the time since, Noble has been working hard to get its latest supercar ready for the showroom and the roads beyond.

The proof is in the pudding photos, as these latest spy shots show. And while the official power target was around 450kW the last time Noble boss Peter Boutwood spoke about it, German rag Auto Motor und Sport is reporting that the bar has since moved higher, and a 485kW figure is now in sight.

That power will be delivered by a Yamaha-tuned Volvo V8, rumbling away in the M600’s (or M650?) carbon-fibre shell and sent to the wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

The Noble M600 is expected to be capable of speeds up to and beyond 320km/h, and Noble promises that despite its more traditional supercar styling, the M600 will remain a true drivers car, with minimal gadgetry and modern driving aids.

On the styling front, the new M600 would seem to borrow some inspiration from Ferrari at the back end - and given the company’s goal of offering buyers a sensation similar to that offered by the classic Ferrari F40, that’s not surprising.

Only 50 units of the M600 will be built each year, but there’s no word yet on pricing.