Atomic Power: Ariel Atom 2

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The Ariel Atom has just been renewed. It’s now the Atom 2 and even if you spend a day just examining it, you may never figure out what’s new with this one. It’s practically the same car.

Okay, though the differences are subtle, they are quite important. The new frame is wider, it gets a “saute vent” wind deflector (so you won’t end up looking like Jezza), and the new dampers are from Koni rather than Blistein. The US-Spec engine is the supercharged two-liter inline-four lifted from a Chevy Cobalt SS Supercharged. It produces 240 lb-ft and 300 hp and revs up to a redline of 7000 rpm. Power-to-weight ratio? 1hp carries every 4.9 pounds. And get this: it has a very reasonable combined mileage of 27 miles per gallon.

I’m sorry to be throwing so many numbers at you, but if you can understand the significance in these numbers, you’ll understand just how perfect this car is.

Perfection comes at a price though. I configured my own at the Ariel website and it came out to be a depressing total of $98,455. But I upgraded just about everything: suspension, brakes, drivetrain and aesthetics. Base models begin at $52,000.

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2 Responses

  1. For a guy who’s inlove with the ariel atom, you should check out the Wrightspeed X1.

  2. It’s now the Atom 2 and even if you spend a day just examining it, you may never figure out what’s new with this one. It’s practically the same car.

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