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Ariel Atom 3.5R, 0 to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds

Published by on May 12, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Ariel Atom 3.5R

The small British car manufacturer has just announced a new version of their barely street legal high performance car, the Ariel Atom. The new version, called the Ariel Atom 3.5R comes with significant upgrades compared to the 3.5, the list including better suspension, improved transmission and a set of aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. But the new 3.5R’s highlight is represented by the engine. The supercar is powered by the same 2.0-liter iVTEC four-cylinder engine borrowed from the eighth generation Honda Civic Type R. But compared to the Japanese model, the engine on the Atom has been supercharged and by equipping the car with a mechanical compressor, power output has been seriously increased, up to 350-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque (330 Nm).

Like we said, the transmission has been improved and even though we’re talking about the same six-speed Sadev sequential transmission, its response times have been improved, which means that an upshift is now made in 40 milliseconds, while a downshift only takes 50 milliseconds. These results are even more impressive considering it’s not a double-clutch unit. Also, the Sadev gearbox can shift from first gear to sixth gear in less than a second, going through all gears, except reverse, of course.

The Atom’s extreme lightweight construction (only 1212 pounds/550 kg) allow it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.6 seconds and from 0 to 100 mph in 6 seconds, while top speed has been electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). To handle the additional power, the Ariel Atom 3.5R comes with Ohlins shock absorbers and with a set of specially calibrated springs. Besides these, customers looking for more are offered a range of optional features such as body elements, tires, wheels, upgraded breaks and even a limited-slip differential. On the UK market, the Atom 3.5R starts at £54,000 (which is around $91,000/66,000 Euros).

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