The 2010 Noble M600, a punchy throwback supercar powered by a Volvo developed Yamaha 650 horsepower twin turbo V8 and purposefully devoid of modern computerized niceties commonly found on expensive sports cars today, is not for the spoiled namby-pamby driver. An intentionally raw and unsophisticated old-school styled sports car, the M600, with its lightweight carbon fiber body and steel tubed framing, accelerates from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in just under 3 seconds and has a top speed that sneaks up to nearly 225 miles per hour. Intentionally built without air bags, ABS, stability control, all-wheel drive, electronic controlled adjustable damping, and automated shift paddles, the 2010 Noble M600 is designed for people passionate about driving.
The 2010 Noble M600, stripped of both unnecessary and overcompensating computerized assistance and any unneeded fashion oriented accessories, heavily rewards the skilled driver and creates an instinctual handling and accelerating atmosphere for anyone who grasps its steering wheel and six-speed floor mounted shift lever.
Noble’s quality engineering and handmade craftsmanship are brought to light in an uncivilized, uncorrupted and pure driver controlled experience. As a powerful and unrestrained low-production British supercar not likely to be street-legal on American roads anytime soon, the Noble M600 seems all the more exotic.
Spanish motor-sports company GTA, with an admirable racing reputation shouldered by two entries in the Formula 3 championship, entered the European supercar arena with the 2010 GTA Motors Spano. Not the most heralded supercar, the Spano’s greatness lies in its unique framework and its Sento Pallardó design features.
The 2010 GTA Motors Spanochassis, unique to motor-sports and weighing a scant 128 pounds, was manufactured with a new combination of titanium, carbon fiber and Kevlar. Mounted mid-car on this peerless frame is a Viper V10 engine borrowed from struggling Chrysler and then reengineered for use in the Spano. Supercharged and longitudinally mounted, the V10 generates 840 horsepower with 679 foot-pounds of torque sent through a seven speed transmission. All this power pushes the Spano from a standstill to 62 mph in under three seconds with a safety-governed top speed 217 mph. An advanced dashboard with customizable LCD instruments, a leather-clad carbon fiber steering wheel, a joystick controller, and a camera fed video screen replacing the rear-view mirror adorn the cockpit. A panoramic glass roof with a patented opacity system for shading and an LED lighting system compliment the Spano’s spacious interior that comes equipped with matching tailored luggage.
The GTA Motors Spano, with its name plate emblazoned by the GTA wolf and a limited production run of 99 vehicles, is a supercar bargain priced around $670,000. Italy’s traditional supercar dominance may in danger with this sultry Spaniard now a market contender.
From it’s very conception the Gumpert Apollo has proven itself to be a vehicle that inquires respect along with admiration from the enthusiast’s and engineer’s perspectives on what can be achieved in the realm of automotive design. Thanks to modest engine calibrations along with a new and improved cooling system the 2010 Gumpert Apollo S takes a long stride onto the super-car playing field boasting a menacing 750hp. To put this power onto the road the 2012 Gumpert Apollo S has been equipped with a 6-speed sequential transmission complimented by a new set of shifting paddles behind the steering wheel which allows one to now slide through a gear in under 50 milliseconds. The Apollo S at first glance may look a bit flamboyant, but with more observation there is no mistaking the meticulous engineering to the Apollo’s unique corners and cuts. The 2010 Gumpert Apollo S Boasts stylish LED running lights along with a numerous assortment of stylish cuts to improve its overall aerodynamics, such as the new additional rear flaps Gumpert has added to this model which allows the Apollo to better hunch and grab the road. Even though the 2010 Gumpert Apollo S instills the childlike flamboyance one desires in a super car, it still holds true to the firm to the German creed of efficiency and engineering precision.