The 2015 Bold Ride of the Year Is...
When we decide upon our three finalists for Bold Ride of the Year, each one has a certain set of qualities that make it, in our opinion, one of the boldest vehicles on the market. This year, the Drakan Spyder, Dodge Viper ACR, and Ariel Nomad each presented a set of qualities that we felt were the boldest of the bold in each respective segment. But thanks to our readers, and with a little bit of help from our panel of judges we can say that the Ariel Nomad—just barely—takes home the title of 2015 Bold Ride of the Year. And here’s why. RELATED: See More of the All-New Ariel Nomad
This isn’t some econobox or even high-end sports car. The blokes at Ariel decided to pave their own path when designing the Nomad—and they took that mantra quite literally.
It’s a vehicle unlike any other, in creativity alone it deserves some type of award. What’s essentially a street legal dune buggy has turned into the subject of attention for many in 2015.
Horsepower and top speed are usually big factors when deciding this award. Typically the more horsepower the better. In the case of the Ariel Nomad, though, its extremely light weight 1,477-pound (607 kg) frame was the real deciding factor.
Paired with a 235-horsepower Honda engine may not seem like much, but the Nomad can sprint to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Those are supercar type numbers…in a dune buggy.
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For what it’s worth, the Airel Nomad isn’t insanely expensive. Just £27,500 ($41,600) will have to be dished out in the UK. When it’s shipped and built here in the U.S., we don’t expect that price to shift drastically, making it an affordable toy.
The real kicker, though, is that Ariel says buyers will be able to upgrade their Nomad to more powerful specifications when it becomes available (which should be soon after it arrives).
Edit: TMI AutoTech—manufacturer of the Ariel Atom and Ariel Nomad for North, Central, and South America—informed us that U.S. prices will begin at $80,000.
Bold Factor: 9/10
Any car that forces you to wear a waterproof jacket and a full helmet with goggles is a vehicle we can appreciate. Whether its on road or off, the Nomad decidedly has a bold factor to it that other cars and carmakers just aren’t able to duplicate.
Like its Atom sibling, the Nomad has no air con, no radio—nothing. It’s just you, the car, and some muddy field somewhere.
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Poll: 41.42% of Votes
For the over 2,000 of you that voted, we very much appreciate the input. The Ariel Nomad squeezed out a win over the Dodge Viper ACR by just five votes—the narrowest margin of victory we’ve ever seen.