• Jun 8th 2009 at 7:58PM
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Ariel Atom 500 V8 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

Even with the stock 300-horsepower Honda four, the Ariel Atom is a verifiable supercar-slayer. So when the British track-car manufacturer announced they'd be building a bonkers 500hp V8 version, our interests were piqued, to say the least. But if you were expecting a bargain, think again. The latest reports, quoting Ariel's CEO Simon Saunders, indicate that the V8-powered Atom 500 will cost a very supercar-like £100,000, or about $160k in American greenbacks. At least.

That's about three times the price of the four-cylinder Atom 300. So why the huge price increase? Well, for starters, earlier reports that the Atom 500 would use the RS Performance-sourced 2.4-liter 10,000 rpm V8 from the Caterham Levante have proven inaccurate, as Ariel will be producing its own custom engine. Based on two Suzuki Hayabusa blocks but with a high proportion of custom parts, the engine alone is said to account for about £30,000 (~$50k); add to that another £11,000 ($17k) for the custom six-speed gearbox, plus the Alcon brakes and various carbon-fiber body parts and the figures start to add up pretty quick.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want a sneek peek at the possible performance just you tube the Caterham RSV-8. Stuff a 1200lb Lotus Super 7 with a 2.4L 13,000 redline 500+ hp V8. This is the closes one can get to warping time and space. The Bugatti is faster, not quicker. The one little thing that could make you queasy is you can reach out and touch the ground, at speed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jared, you're correct. The engine is the Hartley 'Busa engine, but another site noted that Ariel plans on assembling the engines themselves.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 4G63 is the engine block they should have started out and all this V8 stuff would have never been needed. Put a Mitsubishi Evo 4G63 engine 2.3 stroker on this puppy and let the boys at AMS go crazy on it with about the same weight 1100 horsepower on the grenade side 800 daily driver status.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd still buy one. And I'd still kill myself acting like a jackass in it. If I had the scratch of course.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Ultimate Go Kart is finally here.
      All it need is oil cannon and machine gun to kill the opponent in the race.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They are way behind. DP cars already has a working prototype.

      http://www.dpcars.net/ (click on the atom)
      • 6 Years Ago
      160k for a impractical toy?!

      I wish Santa was real.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not turbo the high rev v8 to 700+ horsepower? Bunch of 'busa mods already made that can be adapted pretty easily.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From spending a good amount of time in this car I can honestly say this type of power is going to be nothing without aerodynamic stability. The Atom is very unstable over 100 MPH and has and will continue to be it's achilles heel.

      Air flow is not smooth over the front of the car, it batters the driver cabin and makes the car very unstable at higher speeds.

      As mentioned for 65k we can forgive aero issues. For 160k I think not.
      Also it's worth mentioning how when this car was first launched in the USA you could get one out the door for 39k now you have to spend 65k just for a base model without all the much needed track goodies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $160K is completely unreasonable for an impractical toy. I don't deny that it would lay waste to practically all super-cars out there, but seriously....It's barely a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nobody will want to buy any of these since you can buy a Prius for only $25,000...

      • 6 Years Ago
      These guys are really on top of things. There are two Hayabusa cylinder (not block AB, c'mon) engines already made, one of them already in an Atom as Dan above said. Radical and Hartley both make engines just like this, and have for what, two years or more? Just give me one with a stock Sky/Solstice/Cobalt turbo 4cyl and I'll do my own mods.
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