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Ariel Atom

The Ariel Atom is not your average convertible. In fact, it’s not really a usable road car. It is best described as a road-legal racing car. The mighty Atom is stripped down to the minimum components and rather than using space age materials and computer technology to give it performance it relies on a high revving Honda VTEC engine, a tubular space-frame and very little else. The resulting power to weight ratio along with excellent chassis and suspension design has given it a reputation for being something of a giant killer. Just hope it doesn’t rain as there are no roof, hood or body panels to speak of!

Options include a supercharger and sequential gearbox if fast isn’t enough for you.

Ariel Atom Details

Production Dates1996-current
Length 3410 mm / 134 in
Width 1798 mm / 71 in
Height 1195 mm / 47 in
Wheelbase 2345 mm / 92 in
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 litres / 11.1 US gal
Warranty 1 years or miles


Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type Straight 4
Engine Capacity 1998 cc
Power 245@8200 bhp
Torque 155@6100 lb.ft
Transmission type 6-spd
Kerb Weight 456 kg / 1005 lb
UK Retail Price from £30,573
UK Insurance Group 50


Max speed (auto) 140 mph / 225 kph
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 2.7 seconds

Economy and Emissions

EU Combined Fuel Economy (auto) 31.4 mpg / 9 L/100km
CO2 Emissions (auto) 190 g/km

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