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Engine options, top speed, acceleration and refinement

There are so many adjectives that can be used to describe the Noble Noble M600’s astounding performance that it would be easy to get completely carried away. So instead we’re going to let the numbers do most of the talking.

Take, for example, what it can do in fourth gear, and from as little as 40mph. In most supercars you need to wind many more revs into the crank before anything interesting happens, but in the M600 it takes just 2.2sec to go from 40-60mph in cog four. Even in a McLaren F1, which has no turbochargers to spin up, it takes 2.3sec.

Its surprising ABS isn't offered. Noble says it would rob the brakes of feel

Drop to third and the Noble M600 is closer to full boost, which is why it’ll cover the same increment in a mere 1.4sec. But if you really want to feel the full effects, hook second. That’s when the M600 feels at its most wild, generating just enough traction to catapult itself from 40-60mph in an incredible 1.1sec.

More impressive is the Noble’s lack of off-boost lethargy in the higher gears. Even when pottering along in sixth, the Noble M600 is well mannered enough to pull cleanly from under 1000rpm. Its cause is helped further by the light clutch and a swift, precise gearchange.

From a standing start the M600 is actually quicker than the F1 to 30mph (1.6sec vs 1.8sec), but due to the fact that during the two gearchanges needed to reach 100mph, you have to lift slightly to avoid lighting up the rear tyres, it’s slightly slower to 100mph. The Noble is still only 1.8sec behind at 200mph (29.8sec). This is perhaps the clearest indication of all as to how rapid the Noble M600 really is.

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And what of the brakes? Apart from the system’s lack of anti-lock, they’re excellent, not just in their outright power but also for feel from high speeds. On the road, a touch too much pedal effort is required at lower speeds, but the trade-off comes when you’re going for it, when the feel is fantastic. A big black mark for the lack of ABS, however, which would give the driver a welcome safety net.