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Car magazine's Ben Barry had a close encounter of the Noble kind while spending some time at a circuit in the UK, and was smart enough to hit the record button on his video camera to catch the M15 prototype undergoing testing.

According to one of our favorite Brit buff-books, the new model will be motivated by a twin-turbocharged, Volvo-sourced V8 that's currently making 480 hp with plans to add an additional 150 hp once it comes to market, possibly late next year. The new body is considerably more curvaceous than its predecessor; particularly the sloped back end proving that Noble's designers have more than a straight-rule to work with. The new rump benefits from separate wing, versus the M12's integrated aerofoil, along with LED brake lamps and some additional ducting.

As for technical details, Car was able to confirm that AP will be providing the brakes and clutch, and that 20-inch wheels are likely to be fitted to all four corners. Weight should be around 2,400 pounds and with the additional power, 0-60 times should be deep into the 3s.

Barry was tracking his race-prepped M3 while the Noble M15 was testing, so he was able to play a little bit of "cat and mouse" with the mule. He didn't fare to bad in the corners, but once the road opened up, his inline-six didn't stand much of a chance. Exercise your finger to check the video.

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      My god.... Viper and the soon to be ZR-1 are death machines.... this is just that much worse, especially if they get that extra 150HP they want.

      Very cool from a tech standpoint. But as said above, you wouldn't want this for much more than a toy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, why are they death machines? Idiot drivers aside that is.
      I thought light weight and huge braking ability were good for safety.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah I know what you're saying. I think in-house advanced driving courses are always good when you purchase a fast car and really should be a pre-requisite. You really don't learn anything about controlling a high performance car when you get your licence. By the same token there should probably be special training when you buy a big truck or RV. Learning to drive in a corolla doesnt give you the skills to drive a lot of cars that are readily available to the public.
        You know what they say: Ban low performance drivers, not high performance cars.
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        I'm not saying the drivers don't have a huge say in what the car does - in fact that was the point I was trying to make. But having driven several 1st and 2nd gen Vipers, you can do everything right and it takes one tiny mistake or miscalculation to lose control.

        I know its not the same animal, but in the wrong hands...