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2006 Noble M15

2006 Noble M15
2006 Noble M15 Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R:225/40 R18 - 285/40 R19
Driveline:Rear Wheel Drive
Type:Twin-Turbo V6
Displacement cu in (cc):181 (2968)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:455(340) / 6800
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:455(610) / 4800
Redline at RPM:7200
Length Width Height in:166.5 74.3 43.5
Weight lb (kg):2755 (1250)
Acceleration 0-60 mph s:3.3
Top Speed mph (km/h):175 (282)
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):n.a.
Base Price: 2006 Noble M15 - $129,000 / 74,950 (last update: 5/1/2007)

The New M15 Changes the Perception of Noble

Welcome to a new dawn for Noble Automotive, the launch of the all-new 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.

At a cost of less than $130,000 the Noble M15 sits well above other cars in the Noble range. With 455 bhp and 455 lb-ft of torque, it's also the most powerful production car to leave the factory, capable of hitting 60 mph from standstill in an epic 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 185 mph. It is, therefore, a credible and more exclusive alternative to other supercars costing well in excess of $200,000.

Despite its destructive power, the Noble M15 remains one of the least intimidating supercars on the markets thanks to prodigious levels of grip and a forgiving chassis.

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 has been developed over seven years and millions of testing miles.

A sublime combination of low-end drivability and top end power, the latest version of Noble's engine delivers 455 bhp at 6800 rpm and 455 lb-ft of torque at 4850 rpm. And 96 percent of this power is available from 5200 rpm, making the M15 an effortlessly quick car.

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 percent front to rear, due to the engine and gearbox assembly being moved forward by 12 inches.

Noble M15's Exterior Design

The M15 boasts immense road presence, yet is only 7 inches longer and 1 inch wider that the M12 at 166.5 and 74.3 inches respectively. It remains a light machine at slightly more than 2700 lbs, lightweight engineering is a part of Noble's DNA.

Yet despite the M15's compact dimension, the M15 is a spacious, luxurious car with room for luggage, astonishing crash protection and a chassis that is significantly stiffer than any Noble before it. This is a luxurious sports car with dragon-slaying performance as standard.

Noble never puts form before function and a more efficient shape helps the M15 to its estimated top speed of 185 mph. More importantly, this and the huge diffuser that has proven itself in battle on the company race car, help plant the rear to the ground at speed.

Ride, Roadholding and Handling

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 the class.

An entirely new braking system, incorporating 330 mm ventilated discs and four-pot calipers all round, has been developed specifically for the M15.

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 of performance from the engine.

The Interior

Prepare to change your perception of Noble. The M15 is an irresistible place to sit, with tactile surfaces, the aroma of quality materials, comfort and all that important space.

That's not just in the cockpit. The M15 has 300 liters of luggage space divided between two compartments at the front and rear, making the M15 a practical daily driver.

An uncluttered dashboard highlights the vital information, the rev counter and speedo neatly housed in an integrated binnacle and the needle changes color as the revs soar.

Taking pride of place in the center console is the touch-screen Satellite Navigation system, a first for Noble and a true indication on the M15's true talents.

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