The Noble M400 is a rare sports car from the British carmaker Noble. Manufacturing was outsourced to Hi-Tech Automotive, based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The M400 was noted by the automotive press for excellent handling and power.
The M400 is the track variant of the M12. Its power-to-weight ratio is over 400 bhp (300 kW) per ton and is the figure from which its model name derives. It has 425 bhp (317 kW; 431 PS) and has been reported to do 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in as little as 2.97 seconds.
The most notable differences from the M12 are the use of forged pistons, T28 turbos, a front anti-roll bar, stiffer springs, different shocks, Pirelli P Zero tyres, a smoother gear shifter, and a slightly narrower central tunnel as the driver now sits a bit more central than previous models. Exterior differences remain subtle. The colour scheme tends to incorporate anthracite (Gris) wheels, rear wing supports and wing ends but some examples maintain silver wheels and supports.
The front splitter is now removed (Although many owners opt to have this put on). The main change is the addition of side pods to enhance air into the system and to create a visual impact. The interior has an added oil gauge that resides next to the boost one.
|Engine type||V6 24V Twin-turbo|
|Displacement||3.0 l (183 ci)|
|Power||425 ps (419 bhp / 313 kW)|
|Torque||529 Nm (390 lb-ft)|
|Power / liter||142 ps (140 hp)|
|Power / weight||407 ps (402 bhp) / t|
|Torque / weight||507 Nm (374 lb-ft) / t|
|Transmission||6-speed stick shift|
|Layout||middle engine, rear-wheel drive|
Additionally, the Sparco Alcantara seats and finishings differ to the other Noble’s (Alcantara is one third the weight of leather). The Noble M400 won the car of the year award in 2005 for one publication. The M400 is designed to be an outstanding track car that is also pleasant to drive on the road. With just 75 examples made (UK/Europe) this version is sought after and rare.
|0 – 100 kph||3.5 s|
|0 – 60 mph||3.2 s|
|1/4 mile||11.4 s @ 119.9 mph|
|Top speed||300 kph (186 mph)|
|Lateral acceleration||1.05 g (10 m/s²)|
|60 mph – 0||33 m (109 ft)|
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