Noble M12 GTO buying guide

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Noble M12 GTO

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British road-racer handles a big Elise yet has the pace to humble – and now you can pick up a low-mileage example for the of a hot hatch

April 2013

surely can’t be right. Is it ten years since Lee Noble us his M12 GTO and proved that being a new and optimistic specialist car-maker in the UK have to be the recipe for disaster and typical of the genre?

Giant-killing was just one reason why the loved the Noble. It wasn’t that this twin-turbo, mid-engined machine worked, and brilliantly. It was also that car, which was able to dynamically at least, with the of junior supercars, came a cottage-industry car-maker with resources and little more one man’s vision a vision encompassed design, engineering, tuning, manufacture, the lot.

was something of the Colin Chapman Lee Noble. Still is; his ongoing project might yet repeat the (or might not).

Why was the M12 so good? And is it still so good buying one, now anything five and ten years old, is in 2011? The Noble’s ingredients are key to its critical acclaim and the worries have since emerged.

Put you can’t expect Porsche of quality, durability and finish in a car on a simple fabricated tubular clothed in hand-laid glassfibre powered by a vigorously exercised Mondeo V6 and gearbox, and sprinkled with switchgear.

Things break, especially if a is used as a daily driver is more likely now they dropped in price and become That said, fixes been developed for most of the problems and a good car will benefited from them.

As to the general view that it like a big Elise with more thrust, the M12 had 310bhp the help of its pair of Garrett T25 This gave it vital of 165mph and an extraordinary 4.1sec to 60, all with a quasi-racer feel by the very visible, Alcantara-trimmed and no-nonsense instruments.

There was no ABS, no traction no ESP to rein in any ill-judged over-indulgence of the almost savagely vocal or to help you on a sudden throttle All you had was the loud chirrup from the adding to the intake commotion the air filters just behind head.

Noble M12 GTO

That changed with GTO-3, now up from 2.5 to 3 litres and The air filters moved to the rear of the bay, near the intercooler, and the version added a six-speed (still Mondeo ST-sourced) and a torque-biasing differential. The tiny headlights gained covers, and the wheels were new ten-spokers.

in 2004 the M400 version with a Roush-tuned, 425bhp revised springs and dampers, and a steering rack to make the car twitchy. It’s the ultimate GTO prices to match.

Here, though, we concentrate on the GTOs, where the really value lies. A Noble is a purchase, but buy well and it will be a rewarding one.

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