The new Ariel Atom 4, the latest instalment in the British marque’s track car series, has been revealed. Despite the familiar aesthetic, the new model is ‘an entirely new car from the ground-up’. Four years in the making, it represents the ‘biggest change on the Atom since 1999’, according to Ariel Motor Company general manager Tom Siebert. Priced at $52,985, deliveries will start in Spring 2019.
Just like its predecessor, the Atom 4 boasts impressive headline performance figures: 0-100kph is dispatched in 2.8sec, 0-160kph takes just 6.8sec and it’ll reach a 260kph top speed.
Honda supplies the engine, which comes from the Civic Type R, marking a switch from supercharged to turbocharged power for the Atom. Siebert explained the move was forced to satisfy emissions standards. ‘With the previous car, the Honda engine was only Euro 4 so we couldn’t have gone for type approval even if we’d have wanted to.’