Ariel has added a supercharger to its all-terrain Nomad sports car, increasing power to 290bhp
Matt Prior
16 October 2015

The Ariel Nomad has received a power upgrade in the form of a new supercharged engine.

The upgrade allows the Nomad’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder Honda petrol engine to produce 290bhp and 251lb ft - well up from the 235bhp and 221lb ft of the standard naturally aspirated engine.

Its extra power means the Nomad - which weighs in at just 670kg - can now reach 60mph in 3.4sec and 100mph in 7.4sec. The Nomad has a top speed of 125mph.

Pitched as an all-terrain alternative to Ariel’s road-going Atom sports car, the Nomad features larger wheels and tyres, extra rollover protection, bulkier long-travel suspension and chassis modifications to allow it to cope with off-road use.

Ariel says the supercharged Nomad will command a premium of around £6000 over the standard car, which is priced at £30,000.

The company says customers who have already ordered a Nomad will have the option of upgrading it to the supercharged model. New orders for the Nomad currently have a waiting time of nine to 12 months.

Since going on sale, Ariel says it has delivered two examples of the Nomad to customers, with another two due imminently. The company has the capacity to make between 50 and 60 Nomads per year.

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Ariel Nomad
Ariel Nomad is powered by a tweaked 2.4-litre normally aspirated Honda engine

Ariel's third model takes the all-terrain car to another level. It's one of the best driving experiences we've ever had

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