Noble Automotive has been building the Noble M600 supercar since 2010. Featured in Top Gear, the M600 is currently Noble’s only model in production. That may change in the near future as the British carmaker has made known its intention to build an all-new supercar by displaying the Noble M500 at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
But before drooling at the Noble M500 displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, let it be known that this is just a full-size mockup or a non-working prototype. The main reason for this is that M500 is still in its early phases of development, which is also why the new Noble supercar most likely won’t be produced this year.
Wrapped in bright yellow finish with black-tinted glasses, this mockup model represents how the Noble M500 would look like when it is finally built. As a mockup, the M500 at Goodwood is just for show, but doesn’t have the specs and features intended for its final version. This non-working prototype doesn’t even have an interior. Nevertheless, the mockup is visually appealing enough to draw attention of visitors at Goodwood.
In terms of design – penned by Peter Boutwood, a director at Noble – the new M500 marks a departure from the carmaker’s previous styling. Until and including the M600, Noble’s previous models have flat, squarer styling and lines. On the other hand, the new Noble M500 has a more slipper shape, with some styling cues seemingly inspired by other supercars. For instance, it features a C-shaped bar on the flanks, reminiscent of the Bugatti line. In addition, the M500 has flying buttresses around the C-pillars seem to have been inspired by the Ford GT, which engine will also power Noble’s new entry-level model.
Yes, when the Noble M500 is finally launched on the market, this new supercar will be serviced by Ford’s biturbo 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine, the same mill that powers the Ford GT and F-150 models. This engine will be providing up to 550 hp of power output. This is around 100 hp less than the output delivered by Volvo-based twin-turbo V8 engine – pegged at 650 hp – in the M600.
The V6 Ecoboost engine in the Noble M500 sends power to the rear wheels through a DSG automatic transmission.
Noble extensively employed carbon fiber to keep the weight down of the M600. But for the construction of the M500, the carmaker will be using fiberglass, which is less expensive. Noble intends to make the M500 as light as the M600, which weighs around 1,250 kg (2,755 lbs.).
Compared to the M600, the Noble M500 is destined to be more comfortable, more practical and more usable. This means that the M500 would offer more comfort and convenient features, which is likely why its weight is similar to the M600 despite its smaller size.
As an entry-level model, the Noble M500 is expected to be significantly less expensive than the M600, which as a starting price of £300,000.