English carmaker Ariel has revealed the nitty-gritty inside its latest boys’ toy—the 3.5R special edition, which has the potential to burn rubber on track as well as a huge hole in your pocket. The 3.5R range begins at a whopping 80,000 GBP ($135,000 / 97,500 euros),and the million dollar question is, is it worth it?
Let’s take a look at what Ariel has squeezed into the two-seater track toy and then you can decide. For starters, it can do 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 mph (0-161 km/h) in 6 seconds. Whoa. If that doesn’t make you run for your checkbooks, there is more, thanks to the uprated Honda Civic Type R-sourced 2.0-liter engine. The tweaked motor now develops 350 bhp (261 kW) at 8,400 rpm, quite a rise from the earlier value of 310 bhp (231 kW). Ariel’s secret: Well they installed a custom sidepod-mounted intercooler, besides increasing the boost from 7.5 to 11psi.
And like all true-blooded track toys, Ariel has ensured the Atom 3.5R is light on its feet, tires rather. It weighs just 1,212 lbs (550 kg), despite enhancements in hardware such as an adjustable limited-slip differential, Öhlins springs and TTX adjustable dampers, along with four-piston calipers fitted onto vented discs.
Ariel has traditionally looked to impress the European market and it seems they will continue doing that with the 3.5R. The new Atom won’t be on sale in the US, but sources say a similar model is likely to hit the American shores in due time.