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Meet Britain’s new supercar

30 April 2004

British car maker Noble has pulled the covers off its new M400 supercar.

The £62,548 M400 uses the same chassis and 3.0-litre V6 engine as the £48,505 M12 GTO-3, but its power has been uprated by 73bhp to 425bhp.

The M400 uses a revised version of the M12’s gearbox that is claimed to provide faster, slicker shifts, while 20kg has been shaved off the car’ weight. It tips the scales at just 1060kg, about the same as a Ford Fiesta.

No official performance figures have been released, but the M400 should be able to hit 60mph in 3.5sec and reach 100mph in around 8.5sec. Overall top speed is tipped to be 185mph.

Although the M400 has a full roll cage and four-point racing harnesses, it does without airbags, anti-lock brakes or traction control. The bucket seats are finished in Alcantara suede-effect trim, but air-conditioning, a CD player and alarm remain on the options list.

Running costs will be high – the M400 has a group 20 insurance rating, a 35% company car tax rating and a likely fuel consumption of less than 20mpg.

The new car is available to order following its world debut at the Birmingham Motor Show next month.

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