• Jun 27th 2012 at 10:29AM
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Performance purists should be familiar with the name Lee Noble. The chassis guru has worked his magic on a whole slew of small-batch supercars, including the Ultima GTR, Ascari Ecosse, Salica GT, the Fenix and, of course, those bearing his own name.

At the top of the Noble totem pole sits the M600, a mid-engined supercar powered by a twin-turbo version of Yamaha's 4.4-liter V8 found in the Volvo XC90, but with as much as 650 horsepower on tap. A 3.5-second sprint to 60 and a top speed of 225 mph can be had for roughly £200,000 – or about $320k if it were available here.

Now Noble has released a solitary image of an M600 roadster which it says is purely a concept car for the time being. The British niche automaker will, however, undoubtedly be watching for reactions to the idea of putting it into production. That decision, according to reports, could come down specifically to the Chinese market in which – like most automakers – Noble is eager to make its mark.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      one hell of a car. if i had money to burn and wanted to get a supercar, the m600 would be it. nothing short of an atom can meet it for purity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've never been able to get behind the Nobles. They just look homely and awkward. Ditto on the rest of those mentioned, as well. They're just glorified kit cars, imo. And the ONE area where kit cars should excel is value/performance-per-dollar. And they usually fail at that. As this car proves. A twin-turbo Volvo-engined supercar for $320?? No thanks. If I want ~650hp, I can get it from a Murcielago, ZR1, GT2RS, 599, or even the new GT500 for less money. Conversely, if I want a topless exotic, that coin will buy cars with much more cachet and prestige- 458 Italia, Gallardo LP570, Murcielago, etc. Hell a Carrera GT can be had for that kind of money. I guess what I'm saying is, thanks, but no thanks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are NOT glorified kit cars. Most reviewers have said they basically follow the form of the Ferrari F40 and add power, modern tires, and a better interior. Here's the stat you should pay attention to: curb weight under 2700 lbs. That is anywhere from 400-1000 lbs. LESS than any of the cars you mention. The Noble is the purists supercar. If you don't get it, you don't get it, but don't take it out on the car.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 3 Years Ago
          One of my colleagues had a Noble when they were first available in this country, got rid of her Porsche for it. She did not like it that much, the paint did not look that great and did not age well and she eventually got rid of it for a Ferrari. Reviewers can tell you all you want, but it is a glorified kit car in the opinion of someone that actually owned one for a few years. The interior was definitely not impressive and the ride was crap in my opinion.
      Joey Mcfreely
      • 3 Years Ago
      bad choice. crapvertibles are crap.