Ariel has fully revealed the 3.5R special edition which carries a staggering starting price of 80,000 GBP (135,000 USD / 97,500 EUR).
It's a lot of money to pay for a track toy but it does boast some impressive performance numbers, such as the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 6 seconds. It's possible thanks to an uprated Honda Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-liter engine that now develops 350 bhp (261 kW) at 8,400 rpm, up from the series 310 bhp (231 kW). The added oomph was possible by installing a custom sidepod-mounted intercooler and also by increasing boost from 7.5 to 11 psi.
The Ariel Atom 3.5R tips the scales at just 1,212 lbs (550 kg) and has received other enhancements such as an adjustable limited-slip differential, Öhlins springs and TTX adjustable dampers, along with four-piston calipers fitted onto vented discs.
Although it’s not heading to the U.S., the company’s official importer in United States says a similar version will be announced in the weeks to come.