2015 Ariel Atom 3S

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There are a few figures to keep in mind to fully understand the appeal of the Ariel Atom: 365 hp. 310 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. And the one that makes them all possible: 1350 lbs. That gives a total power to weight ratio of (one last figure) 3.7 lbs per hp.

The Atom utilizes a turbocharged and intercooled Honda 2.4 liter with an output of 152.1 hp per liter. There are three different transmission options for the 6 speed: standard, close ratio, and a Sadev sequential paddle shift.

Roadholding comes by way of a pushrod suspension system with JRi adjustable dampers with a two piece coil spring layout. Braking for this ultra-lightweight car is done by Alcon 4 piston caliper 290 mm discs.

Our thanks goes out to Sector111, the official Ariel dealer in California, for sharing these photos taken by Drew Phillips.

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Price $89,750 Production --
Engine 2.4 liter inline-4 Weight 1350 lbs
Aspiration turbocharged Torque 310 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
HP 365 hp @ 7500 rpm HP/Weight 3.7 lbs per hp
HP/Liter 152.1 hp per liter 1/4 mile 10.7 seconds
0-60 mph under 2.8 seconds Top Speed --