Say hello to the latest evolution of Ariel Motor's barely there bolide, the Atom 3.5R. It swipes the Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox from its bygone V8 brother, giving the 3.5R the ability to swap cogs in 40 milliseconds. The supercharged Honda Type R 2.0-liter engine gets help from a new sidepod-mounted intercooler and increased boost from 7.5 to 11 psi, so horsepower rises from 310 to 350 at a dizzying 8,400 rpm, torque to 253 pound-feet. The sidepod opposite holds an oil cooler. Set in a car that weighs 1,212 pounds, the package will clock a 0-60 mile per hour time of 2.5 seconds, another 3.5 seconds will get you to one hundred.

Suppleness also gets an upgrade with Öhlins adjustable TTX dampers and Öhlins springs, an adjustable limited-slip differential and four-piston calipers on vented discs all around. The price is 80,000 of the Queen's British pounds, which converts to about $135,000 of our dollars but you can keep them in your pocket because the 3.5R won't come here. According to Road & Track, however, Ariel's official US importer said we'll see something with "a similar specification... as soon as a few weeks from now."

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      • 7 Months Ago
      0-100 in 6 seconds.... i hope it's easy to spray out the passanger seat after they piss themselves!
      • 7 Months Ago
      Remember guys, normc32 claims the only Japanese car that can beat his 4 cylinder Buick is the Nissan GTR.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Would like to see MB's 2.0t from the cla45 powering this thing
      • 7 Months Ago
      It is a crying shame that Honda did not put that 2.0 Kseries in the CR-Z with a boost.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Positively mental, hard to imagine driving one in anger.... and surviving.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Way over priced for a summer only race car.
      • 7 Months Ago
      These are fantastic.
      • 7 Months Ago
      For my $135K I'd buy FOUR 818R's and go have some fun with a few friends.
      Shahul X
      • 7 Months Ago
      could never get this legalized... I'll have to stick with my exige
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