V-6 Twin turbo
@ 6800 rpm
/ 2755 lbs
The Noble M15 supercar is a development of the Noble M14 concept from 2004. Both cars use a 3.0 litre
twin-turbo V6, although the power output of the M15's unit is
455 bhp, 55 more than the M14's. The 0-60 time was also improved,
by exactly one second. The Noble M15 is designed to compete
with the likes of Lamborghini's Gallardo and the Ferrari F430.
External review by Caroline Halford:
So, the Porsche 911. Porsche claims it is the only Super-car
you could use every day, and when Honda withdrew their NSX from
the battle, it was. But now, Britain's fighting back with the
latest from one of the best new companies: Noble.
Their first car, the M10, was a good car ruined by half-baked styling. The
M12 was more of the same, but with arguably the
best handling around today. The M400 was just an M12 on Steroids with fewer luxuries.
However, the M15 has been moved away from TVR, and there's no
doubt it's a serious match for the mighty 911.
Straight away, there's a big change. All the racing stripes
and mad spoilers have gone; it's much more grown up. Inside,
you get a Volvo Sat Navigation system that works, Air Conditioning
that works, traction control that works, leather seats and two
luggage compartments (one in the front, one in the back) that
you can actually use. Brilliant! And it just gets better from
It meets all EU crash test regulations. It has airbags. And
unlike the M12 and M400, it's not made of South African plastic,
but British Aluminium. This means it's stiffer than the M400,
and so is more forgiving.
The one major thing that sets this car apart from previous Nobles
is that its engine is pointed Front to Back, not sideways. This
means better weight distributions, the engine can be mounted
lower down for a lower centre of gravity and better visibility,
they can turn the two turbochargers up, and best of all, where
the M400 only had a Mondeo gearbox, Noble have gone to Graziana,
suppliers to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, so now the
M15 has a big, proper gearbox that can put all the power through
those big rear wheels.
All these changes have made the M15 a phenomenal car. The twin-turbocharged
V6 produces 455 brake horsepower, 0-62 is dealt with in less
than 4 seconds, and the top speed: 196 M.P.H.! So it goes like
a super-car, sounds like a super-car, looks like a super-car
and handling is just amazing. It just doesn't understand spinning,
unlike the Ferrari 360 which spins the second you push it hard.
The Noble does everything like a super-car then. Except two
It doesn't drink like a super-car. Because it only has a 3-litre
V6 engine, when you drive it normally it does 20 miles per gallon.
Even when you're tearing round a race track, it can still do
6. And it isn't priced like a super-car; for a whisker under
£75 000 it's a lot cheaper than most Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
However, there's a big problem. If it was just this against
the 911s, it would be an easy victory against all of them, besides
maybe the GT3RS. But Noble's not the only company to stand up
Chevrolet and Audi have both had a go. Chevrolet have sent their
Corvette ZO6, and Audi have sent their
R8. The ZO6 is different from other Corvettes for several
main reasons. It has a huge 7-litre V8 that produces a whopping
500 brake horsepower. It handles well too, and sounds brilliant.
But sadly on the road, things aren't as good. At low speeds
it sounds like a tractor. The gearbox is clunky, it's only available
with left-hand drive, and it's much thirstier than the Noble.
But on the upside, it does only cost £60 000.
The Audi is much quieter than the Noble, and even at 150 you
still can't really hear the engine. And it's very economical
too. But, it does cost £80 000, and that's before you start
with the options list. The upside of the quiet engine is you
can drive it through villages without ruining everyone's day,
and it will pull up a bigger crowd than any 911 in town. But
that said, the Noble drew up a sizeable crowd as well, and the
Corvette was much admired.
So which is best? Well it's hard to say really. They all have
a trump card to play: the Audi is the most civilised, and has
a brilliant 4-wheel drive system. The Corvette has the brute
force, and the best soundtrack. The Noble has the handling and
the poise. But, overall, I think the Noble's the best. Ideally,
you want a car that sounds like the Corvette, drives like the
Noble and has the Audi's build quality. But since you can't,
the Noble's the best all round car.
This brings me back to the 911. With the civilised Audi, the
muscular Corvette and the nimble Noble, it's got a big fight
on its hands. And with Japan set to join in the war with their
phenomenal sounding Nissan GTR, Porsche had better raise their game.
Especially since Chevrolet are planning to launch a V10 version
of the ZO6, Audi a supercharged R8 and Noble a lightened version
of their M15, the game has just been raised. The question is,
can Porsche match it, or will the 911 become like the Honda
NSX: a car that was good for a while, but just couldn't match
Similar and related vehicles:
- Noble M10
- Noble M12 GTO
- Noble M400
- Noble M14