When the Noble M600 rolled off a transporter into the Autocar studio for an exclusive photo shoot the good news is it looked like it would justify its rumoured £100,000 price tag. Then we found out the M600 will cost double that.
This is obviously a whole different ball game and in an instant changes the way you look at the car. The Noble went from undercutting a Porsche 911 Turbo to a 911 Turbo, a Cayenne, a Cayman and change for some track days.
This, however, doesn’t detract from the fact the Noble still looks absolutely fantastic in the flesh. Bespoke parts and touches like the logo picked out in the mesh of the side vents add to the sense of a quality product. The interior is fabulously well finished and a world away from Nobles of the past.
The engine is a Volvo unit, but it is developed with Yamaha, and fitted with twin turbos. The idea of using another manufacturer’s engine as a basis in a supercar is hardly cutting corners – just look at the McLaren F1.
But despite all this the Noble is undoubtedly a very expensive car. Not quite in the league of Koenigseggs but it is Murcielago money. And if you think I’m sitting on the fence here, you’re right I am.