Two Surprising New Features Coming To The Noble M600
A Noble is not a car for the timid or weak of heart. It is a hardcore, in your face, no apologies sports car that demands to be driven, hard. If you're looking for ABS or traction control or all-wheel drive, then you best look elsewhere because this car has no intention of babysitting its driver. There are reports, however, that the Noble M600 Roadster will come with two new features that you might not have seen coming. PHOTOS: See More of the 2011 Noble M600
In addition to a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 650 horsepower going to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, Noble Chief Peter Bolt Wood told Autovisie that the car will also be getting an open roof. That's downright frivolous for a Noble. As to what kind of open roof, that's up for debate as it could be a removable panel, a collapsible hardtop, or a traditional folding soft top. We're voting hardtop because watching those segments separate and tuck themselves away is oddly fascinating. How do they do that?
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Perhaps more surprising, and possibly more unsettling, is the news that there is a paddle-shift transmission in the works. Much like details on the roof, there's no telling exactly how this gearbox will be configured so it could be sequential, dual-clutch or torque-converter automatic.
Noble is eager to expand into new markets and they see these two new features as a key part of that expansion. For our money, if they can just get the M600 to North America we'll be happy with however these new features play out.
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