Ariel launches Atom 4 With Honda Civic Type R Engine; Specs, Price And Release Date
This is the new Ariel Atom, precisely 4th generation Atom. You may not see much difference from its previous version, but the British automaker says that everything is new, except for the fuel cap and brake/clutch pedals.
Design-wise, the model looks exactly the same as its previous model, but change comes in the material the body was made from, it is now carbon fiber and benefits optimized airflow apart from increased downforce and lower drag.
The 4th generation Ariel Atom comes with an updated suspension that sports standard Bilstein dampers or optional Ohlins parts and there are a few optional features that buyers can choose from including the launch control and traction control systems from the Atom V8 as well as carbon fiber-made front and rear wheels.
Major part of the new machine lies under the hood, the engine normally found in the latest Honda Civic Type R. The engine produces 320PS (315hp), and thanks to the reduced body weight, it sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 2.8 seconds and gives you maximum speed of 261km/h (162mph).
Ariel plans to build 100 units of Atom annually. Interestingly, each one will be put together by single technician at their factory near Crewkerne, Somerset.
Ariel will also build the new Atom in South Boston, Virginia, USA aiming at north and South American markets, both variants will have similar specs under the hood.
Pricing for the Atom in its homeland will start from £39,975 ($52,995) while pricing for the overseas market is yet to be revealed. The company will deliver the first Atom starting next spring. However, the track model of the Atom 4 will debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.