lbs per ft @4800 rpm
455hp @ 6800rpm
6.056 lbs per hp
hp per litre
(From Noble Press Release)
Welcome to a new dawn
for Noble Automotive, the launch of the all mew M15.
This machine represents a whole new
philosophy and takes the core values of dynamic excellence,
lightweight engineering, value-for-money and blistering performance
to a whole new level of comfort, refinement and everyday usability.
There's even room for luggage!
At a cost of £74,950 the M15 sits well
above the other cars in the Noble range. With 455 bhp and 455lb ft
of torque, it's also the most powerful production car to leave the
Leicestershire factory, capable of hitting 60 mph from standstill in
less than 3.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 mph. It is,
therefore, a credible and more exclusive alternative to other
supercars costing well in excess of £100,000.
Despite its destructive power, the M15
remains one of the least intimidating supercars on the markets
thanks to prodigious levels of grip and a forgiving chassis. After
all, it's still a Noble, but it's the most spectacular machine to
emerge from Barwell and may prove the definitive British supercar.
Welcome to M15, the ultimate expression
of British intelligence.
The M15 boasts immense road presence,
yet is only 181 mm longer and 31mm wider than the M12 at 4270mm and
1905mm respectively. It remains a lithe machine at slightly more
than 1200kg, lightweight engineering is a part of Noble's DNA .
Yet despite the M15's compact
dimensions, the M15 is a spacious, luxurious car with room for
luggage, astonishing crash protection and a chassis which is
significantly stiffer than any Noble before it. This is a luxurious
sportscar with dragon-slaying performance as standard.
It's stylish too, from any angle there's
a feature to hold your gaze. The aggressive curve of the wings at
the front, coupled with the Boomerang-style headlight fairings will
announce it's arrival in dramatic style.
That low-slung stance, muscular
haunches, and huge air intakes define the seductive side profile and
the fastback rear proves you don't need ugly drag-inducing to
Noble never puts form before aerodynamic function and a more
efficient shape helps the M15 to its estimated top speed of 185 mph.
More importantly, this and the huge diffuser which has proven itself
in battle on the company race car, help plant the rear to the ground
the most refined, the most complete Noble to date, and with
production strictly limited, the stunning shape will retain
its impact for a long time to come.
Drivetrain and Performance
The mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6
used in the M15 is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a road
going Noble and and has been developed over 7 years and millions of
sublime combination of low-end driveability and top end power, the
latest version of Noble's engine delivers 455lb ft of torque at 4850
rpm and 455bhp at 6800rpm. 96 per cent of this power is available
from 5200rpm, making the M15 an effortlessly quick car.
On road performance is everything you
would expect from a company that already produces one of the fastest
accelerating production cars in the world. The leap from 0-60 mph
arrives in an incredible 3.3 seconds , from standstill to 100 mph
takes less than 8 and this car will keep going all the way to
scores big over other models with its effortless acceleration beyond
130mph, improved significantly due to a cleaner body shape and more
efficient intercooler and turbocharger performance.
The drivetrain is installed
longitudinally for the first time in a Noble, increasing cooling and
turbo performance dramatically Weight distribution has also improved
over the existing model to 42:58 per cent, front:rear, due to the
engine and gearbox assembly being moved forward by 300mm.
Since the M15 is the most versatile
Noble ever produced, it had been designed to take higher mileages
with less maintenance than the M12. Here, the in-line drivetrain
configuration comes into its own again, with excellent accessibility
around the engine and ancillaries, reducing servicing and
Ride, Roadholding.Handling and Safety
The biggest problem for Noble's
engineers was raising the M15's bar significantly above that set by
the M12 and the M400 for road holding, handling and ride quality.
Noble has developed a completely new
platform for the M15, while retaining the M400's basic ingredients of
double wishbone suspension all round. Bespoke, non adjustable gas
shock absorbers have been painstakingly developed to offer
exceptional levels of high-speed body control, while spring rates
have been chosen to provide a level of suppleness unheard of in this
A new tubular space frame chassis has
been designed for the M15 which is 57 per cent stiffer than the one
used in the M12/M400 models. Reinforced with bonded and riveted
aluminium panels the new spaceframe has been designed around the new
in-line engine configuration and incorporates substantial
side-, front- and rear-impact protection.
An entirely new braking system,
incorporating 330mm ventilated discs and four-pot callipers all
round, has been developed specifically for the M15. As well as
improving overall efficiency, special attention has been paid to the
levels of feel passed on to the driver. Noble is currently
researching suitable ABS systems to be fitted to the first
production cars too.
Noble enjoyed the co-operation of
Pirelli tyres to fine tune the car to the P-Zero Rossa 225 / 14x18
fronts and 285 / 40x19 rears. Together with this sizeable footprint,
the M15 has a 24mm wider track than the M12, which all combines to
produce a car that corners flatter, harder, and faster than ever
before. With its low-slung drivetrain keeping the car's centre of
gravity down, body control is tight and reassuring at high speeds.
All round grip is immense, with the M15's communicative and
well-weighted steering offering the driver calm and accurate
feedback as he or she reaches the car's generous limits.
And the gearbox comes from Graziano,
supplier to Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati, and the Italian
company have worked enthusiastically on a six-speed to extract
every fraction from that phenomenal engine.
Given the M15's remit as a highly-usable
and comfortable road car, it's no surprise that Noble has also
worked hard to achieve the very best levels of ride quality, without
jeopardising handling, roadholding or grip. As a result, the M15 is
as comfortable on Central London speed bumps as it is on an open,
Comfort, Practicality and Convenience
Prepare to change your perception of a
Noble. The M15 is an irresistible place to sit, with tactile
surfaces, the aroma of quality materials, comfort and that all
That's not just in the cockpit, the M15
has 300 litres of luggage space divided between two compartments at
the front and rear, making the M15 a practical daily driver.
Beautifully trimmed in high-grade
Italian leather, the bespoke carbon-fibre framed seats have deep
cushions, crafted side bolsters and integrated head restraints
designed to keep you secure at speed and comfortable on a long
journey. The M15 represents more than a hard charger, it's a car for
A new steering column is adjustable for
rake and reach, provides the perfect driving position, and the
four-spoke leather trimmed steering wheel is designed for comfort as
well as razor-sharp response.
An uncluttered dashboard highlights the
vital information, the rev counter and speedo neatly housed in an
integrated binnacle and the needle changes colour as the revs
Taking pride of place in the centre
console is the touch-screen Satellite Navigation system, a first for
Noble and a true indication of the M15's true talents.
Noble has worked tirelessly on the
Noise, Vibration and Harshness levels to compete with the
established supercars. An all-new exhaust system designed to emit
minimal noise at low revs, yet still give the twin turbo its full
head towards the 7200 rpm limiter.