Ariel introduced us a new, fourth generation Atom model, almost identical to his predecessor.
However, despite the fact that they look exactly the same, a small British manufacturer claims that the new generation, all except bonnet of the tank and pedal cabin that are the same as the last generation, is brand new.
The biggest news on the new generation of this model is of course the aggregate, taken from the Honda Civic Type R.
Namely, this four-cylinder turbocharged aggregate, which has a working capacity of two liters, has received the new ECU. The unit is connected to a six-speed manual transmission. It develops 315 horsepower, and thanks to its light weight, Ariel Atom accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 261 km / h.
The new generation of this model has an improved suspension and Bilstein shock absorbers, and parts of Ohlins are available as an option. Also, customers of this “toy for track” will be able to choose the control systems from the Atom V8. Also, the 16 and 17-inch front wheels can be replaced with felts made of carbon fiber.
The new generation Atom body, although it looks exactly the same as the previous generation, is made of carbon fiber and optimized for better air flow. The company also says that there is a higher downforce force.
Ariel will make 100 cars in a year at a factory near Somerset.
New Ariel Atom 4 will cost 39,975 euros in Britain, and the first cars will be delivered to customers next spring.