Noble took the roof off the M600, and we're so thankful that it did.
Noble unveiled the production version of the new M600 Speedster over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In case you missed it, the company dedicated to making the purest supercar on the market added a removable targa-style roof to the hand-built carbon-fiber bodied M600. And we got the chance to ride shotgun in this awesome machine, with Noble's engineering manager, "Bertie," doing the honors of annihilating the hill-climb.
That meant hanging out with the 50 or so other supercars en route from the Michelin Supercar Paddock to the top of the hill, and being perfectly placed to hear the brutal sound and occasional explosions of the straight-through pipes. With the camera poking its head over the windshield, I was able to capture a taste of what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting supercars on the planet on the gentle ride down. Despite being told to take it easy by boss Peter Boutwood – owing to the fact the Speedster is the only one in the world right now – Bertie did not hold back on the way up and was more than happy to oblige the crowds' call for burnouts.
Power comes from a Yamaha-built 4.4-liter V8, which was naturally aspirated when it sat in the first-gen XC90, but that Noble has added its own internals and turbochargers to. The result is 650 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque, but this particular car has been upped to 720 hp, because, as Bertie told me: "it's our toy and we can do what we want."
Top speed is in excess of 200 mph and 0-60 mph happens in 3.0 seconds, with a six-speed paddle-shifted sequential transmission sending all that grunt to the rear wheels. The M600 Speedster is priced at 220,000 pounds, which should make for a tempting proposition for Americans wanting to take advantage of the weak sterling.