The Noble Noble M600 may be a strangely derivative, unimposing, even backwards-looking supercar by the bombastic and avante-garde standards of the very latest quarter-million-pound creations, but that cottage-industry styling clothes a car for which no apologies are needed.
As with all previous Nobles, the Noble M600 uses a mid-engined spaceframe steel chassis with double wishbones at each corner and coil-over dampers for its primary suspension. Although it may appear quite similar in concept to the stillborn M15, beneath its heavily restyled skin it is a significantly more exotic machine.
Using carbonfibre for all the key body parts, the production car weighs just 1250kg, according to Noble, although on our scales the prototype we tested – whose body was made from regular glassfibre-reinforced plastic – weighed in at 1305kg. The spaceframe chassis is made from a combination of steel and aluminium – yet it is as strong and rigid as that of any rival, says Noble. The Carbon Sport is the only M600 model to take carbonfibre panels on and wear it with pride.
At the heart of the Noble M600 is a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine, originally designed by Yamaha for use in Ford’s now-defunct Premier Automotive Group. It’s a traditional 32-valve V8 set in a regular V design – not a flat-plane, 180-degree crank like those used in Ferrari’s V8 mid-engined cars, in other words. In this instance it has been comprehensively reworked by US engine specialist Motorkraft, which has added two Garrett turbos and a new Motec ECU to boost power to 662bhp at 6500rpm and 1.0bar of pressure, and 604lb ft of torque at 6800rpm.