Want to get your hands on a Noble? May we first compliment you on your choice, good sir or madam, because the British niche manufacturer produces some of the most direct, hardcore sports cars on the market. And that, thanks to Rossion and its Noble-derived Q1, includes the United States. But if you live somewhere where Noble actually sells its own cars, you'll want to look at the M600.

The Noble M600 is about as hardcore as they come. It packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 kicking out 650 horsepower to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual, and not much else: no ABS, no traction control, certainly no all-wheel drive. Just 650 horsepower and a curb weight of around 2,600 pounds. No flappy-paddle gearbox here, and no trick folding roof. Only those last bits are about to change.

Speaking with Dutch publication Autovisie, Noble chief Peter Bolt Wood – a former racing and Ferrari F40 driver – revealed that his company is working on two new developments for the puritanical M600. One is an open roof, and the other some sort of paddle-shift transmission.

This isn't the first time Noble will have created an open-top sportscar. In fact we reported on the prospect of an M600 roadster a couple years ago when the company released a teaser image. But now it appears to be moving ahead with the plans.

Details are sketchy at the moment, so we don't know if the former will be a simple removable roof panel, a folding soft top, a collapsible hardtop or something else. Nor do we know if the two-pedal gearbox will be a sequential, dual-clutch or torque-converter automatic. But Wood and company seem eager to break into new markets, and apparently see both developments as vital to its expansion, without sacrificing performance. Its order books may be full at the moment, but it's expanding into China, Taiwan and Japan.

Here's hoping – with or without an open roof and paddle-shift transmission, through Rossion or on its own – it brings the M600 to North America soon as well.


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      increasedby1
      • 3 Months Ago

      Noble is one of those manufactures that have incredible technical knowledge but lack in terms of design. They should really do something about it because most people care more about having a nice looking car than just have the numbers. The M600 looks very old fashioned.

        jjmoonen
        • 3 Months Ago
        @increasedby1

        Definitely form follows function in this case. I don't really think its ugly though. I find the Veyron much worse looking than this. However it definitely is not up to the standard of some of the other super car manufacturers. 

        PoliticsnCars
        • 3 Months Ago
        @increasedby1

        I hear ya, but to be honest that's kind of an appeal to me, because it is understated.  THink about what the cat lady is going to say to the police, "It was...I don't know a corvette or something."   Plus what do you expect from a bunch of engineers (look at the Germans lol)?  I guess they should hire an Italian or smoke up or something.  But the Noble is one heck of a car, and despite those followers of the Holy Church of Manual Transmission, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Noble (unlike those marketing major turds at BMW).

      carguy1701
      • 3 Months Ago

      "Here's hoping – with or without an open roof and paddle-shift transmission, through Rossion or on its own – it brings the M600 to North America soon as well."

      If it doesn't have ABS or TC, don't count on it being on our roads any time soon.  You need those for ESP, which is mandatory in the US.

      I find it interesting that a company that builds cars that are somewhat expensive builds them so that they can only be registered/driven in areas with no safety regs.  Not a sound business strategy.

        Tony Akinremi
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        That's why these vehicles are labeled kit cars.

        I don't understand how they are sold in US. Think you have to have a special permits to have in US or maybe sold in limited numbers.

      KLM
      • 3 Months Ago

      Power to weight seems awesome