Review

Buy The $90k Ariel Nomad Tactical And You’ll Outrun Zombies

It's more than just tubes and a suspension. Much more.

It has roughly the same power-to-weight ratio as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, only it’s anything but a muscle car. The Ariel Nomad Tactical may be in a class all of its own, aside from the slightly less capable Nomad Sport. Anyone who’s driven either one of them can’t wipe the smile off their face, and we’ve never heard Jay Leno laugh the way he did during his own Nomad Tactical test drive. Leno is also a longtime owner of an Ariel Atom, which is still one of the coolest street performance machines in existence.

But now we think he’ll be buying a Nomad Tactical. It only costs around $90,000, a drop in the bucket for Leno. But. Just. Look. At. It. Badass-looking at a standstill, and an absolute beast when taken off-road. Oh, and did we mention it’s fast?

Powered by a supercharged 2.4-liter Honda crate engine, there’s a total of 300 hp on tap. Plus, it’s got a six-speed manual. Don’t think for a moment, however, that the Nomad is simply a modified Atom. Aside from bearing a family resemblance, the frame, chassis and all other components are entirely unique – and it’s all American-made. Even the Honda-sourced engine and transmission come from Ohio. Ariel is even nice enough to throw in a windshield for the steep price tag. Good thing it does because a rock would smack you in the face otherwise.

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