Noble M12 GTO-3R – Specialty File – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Noble M12 GTO


We’re getting to ludicrous speed.

Last we were breaking in a new road and testing the Noble M12 at the same The car was very quick, and as we were at the area checking out the acceleration the 20-something new guy got a look. Damn–that stupid fast! he blurted.

What was funny was how well summed up the Noble. On one hand, it is a well, silly, since a South African-built $76,400 car of lineage that doesn’t U.S. emissions or crash and gets registered for road use as a kit. But on the other, it is one of the most cars we’ve ever and it is ferociously fast, snapping to 60 in a 3.3 seconds, the same as a Ford GT.

Actually, it’s a component clarified Dean Rosen, the of 1G Racing and importer of the Noble The car comes in two crates–one with the assembled car, and the other the powertrain. You can join the two in about 40 Maybe we were being a harsh, since a lot of kit cars driven feel pretty

But still, here in the U.S. the is an obscure machine.

Lee Noble, a auto designer and race-car formed Noble Automotive in Leicestershire, England, in 1998. In he released the M10, also in South Africa. English car swooned, praising the Noble for driving dynamics. One year a refined and prettier version of the called the M12, appeared.

In 2003, 1G Racing began about six each month to the approximately 30 percent of the total

The car certainly looks fierce, a car for sure, but it doesn’t appear to be all sophisticated. The chassis is made steel tubes, and the body is The mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 360-hp V-6 the engine block from a Taurus, and the six-speed transmission is the European Ford Mondeo.

Noble M12 GTO

When Rosen arrived the car, we did the usual walk looking for the fatal flaw would illustrate this car was built by a small team of with limited resources. readily appeared. So we opened the and got in.

A few things struck us as odd. in was easy, and the cockpit, though offered plenty of legroom. We one customer who is six foot seven and 250 pounds, and he fits fine, Rosen, and we believe him.

The radio–the only luxury besides the very effective air mounted on the dash in front of the out of reach of the driver. Strange. And the windows roll down two-thirds of the way.

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