Noble M12 GTO 3R | Super Car Specifications

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Noble M12 GTO



Price: (about $90,000US)

Engine: 3 V6

Transmission . Getrag-Ford 6 speed

Aspiration: Twin Turbochargers

Steel space frame

HP: 352 bhp @ rpm

Layout: Mid-engine, RWD

HP/Liter: hp per liter

Torque: 350 lb-ft @ rpm

Weight: 2400 lbs

Weight/HP: lbs per hp

0-60 mph: 3.7 seconds

Top 170 mph

(from Noble Press In 2000, the Noble M12 GTO threatened to the established supercar market on its With its mix of scorching performance, dynamics and immaculate build the Noble could be bought for a of the cost of most of its rivals, but away nothing to them on the and track. The press raved it and demand rapidly grew as saw this British-designed car as a credible to cars costing more twice the price.

The original Noble M12 GTO was fitted a 2.5-litre V6 engine using turbochargers and produced 310bhp – enough for it to accelerate from (0-97kph) in 3.9 seconds and 100mph in 9.4 seconds (figures from magazine). As if this wasn’t enough, at the start of 2003, upped power further by the 2.5-litre unit with a V6 engine, again with turbochargers, but this time 352bhp (357PS).

There are two models in the range: the M12 GTO-3 and the M12 Both cars use the same and underpinnings, but there are significant in styling, refinement and transmissions. The M12 is the entry model in the range, a list price of £47,950.

As the GTO-3R, it has a GRP composite body a spaceframe chassis offering levels of structural and torsional Inside, the cabin is spacious to accommodate people over tall and has excellent ergonomics, seats and steering column, a trimmed safety roll and Alcantara trim as standard.

At a list price of £49,950 the M12 is visually identifiable from the by its faired-in twin bi-xenon and Noble-designed ten-spoke alloy Inside, the 3R has extra noise and full leather trim as But what really sets the 3R from the 3, is its all-new Getrag-Ford gearbox and Quaife Automatic Biasing differential, enhancing its as both a relaxed, high-speed GT and an track day weapon.


The 2968cc, twin-turbocharged V6 in both Noble models is mounted in front of the rear directly behind the cabin. It four valves per cylinder and overhead cams to each of cylinders. The all-alloy engine is modified from standard, many bespoke components during build.

It produces (357PS) at 6200rpm, and is redlined at

On the road, 350lb ft (475Nm) of produced between 3500 and makes the car immensely flexible and to drive. Even at 3000rpm, the is producing 80 per cent of its available There’s also very lag from the twin Garret water-cooled turbochargers, meaning a linear response throughout the

The turbochargers run a maximum 0.7 bar of boost and are with an air to air intercooler, centrally at the rear of the car.

A completely new of exhaust for the 3.0-litre engine you the choice of enjoying the sporty note under hard or savouring the V6’s inherent at cruising speeds.

The all-new six-speed manual gearbox, on GTO-3R models, has closer ratios than the GTO-3’s gearbox, but has an even more top gear than before, 26.5mph per 1000rpm. This that at 70mph the engine is over at a mere 2650rpm.

standard with the GTO-3R’s gearbox is a Quaife Automatic Biasing differential. This patented unit shares the characteristics of a conventional limited differential, which prevents of drive when one wheel to slip. However, the ATB differential has the of gears, rather than which can wear or break, and servicing is reduced and reliability

The ATB also eliminates much of the that is inherent in conventional by transferring more torque to the wheel that needs it rather than it being equally between both this prevents the rear trying to push the front wide when cornering.


M12 models use bodies made GRP, under which an all steel space frame bonded and riveted alloy the total weight for the GTO-3 is light, with a kerbweight of 1050kgs, while the GTO-3R an extra 30kgs, due to better Continuing the race-bred theme is wishbone suspension all round, alloy uprights and Bilstein absorbers.

A key element of the Noble success has been its ability to fine on-road dynamics safe and predictable handling on a circuit. A hydraulically power steering rack, with 2.6 from lock to lock is enough to make fast-road or driving rewarding, yet comfortable when small corrections are on the motorway.

The M12 also has a very supple over a wide range of meaning that it’s an practical proposition for everyday Yet incredibly, it can be driven on a race with hardly a trace of and remains composed and controllable at high speeds.

Servo four-piston calliper brakes ventilated discs (330mm front, 326mm diameter are fitted all round and both wear 225/40 ZR 18 tyres at the and 265/35 ZR 18s at the back.

Noble M12 GTO


Both the GTO-3 and the come as standard with a trimmed safety roll race harnesses (in addition to reel belts), a leather steering wheel and adjustable and steering column. The 3R adds a leather interior, a Sony with column mounted control, an engine start and fitted leather map pockets.

For a list of equipment and options, see the accompanying Noble brochure.

are few cars in the world that as quickly as the Noble M12 GTO-3 and the Noble M12 GTONot only do they both massive traction off the line, to their mid-engine design, but also have potent of torque from low down in the rev-range. This means there is practically no ‘lag’ the turbochargers start working, the Noble a particularly effortless and car to drive fast.

Auto Express magazine the Noble GTO-3R and achieved the set of acceleration figures using satellite-driven timing equipment at a test facility.

0-60mph 3.7 seconds

0-100mph (0-160kmh) 8.8

30-70mph (48-113kmh) through 3.2 seconds

30-50mph (48-80kmh) in gear 2.0 seconds

40-60mph in fourth gear 2.5 seconds

(80-113kmh) in fifth/sixth gears seconds

Top speed 170mph

from 60mph (97kmh) metres

Twin, faired-in headlights


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