Ariel Atom 

  • $225k built in England
  • 2008
  • 475 HP 3.0L
  • 170 mph
Exacerbating those feelings of terror and ecstasy is the supercharger, which produces a whine like an X-Wing Fighter with an uncorked exhaust.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)
The stunted Atom exhaust was a thing of beauty and tucks neatly within the confines of the tube chassis.
by AutoBlog Canada (Jan, 2012)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Ariel Atom


Atom V8 500
2.3 s
BAC Mono
2.8 s
Seven 620R
2.79 s

Top speed

Atom V8 500
170 mph
Caparo T1
199 mph


Atom V8 500
5.4 s
Nissan GT-R
6.8 s
BAC Mono
6.7 s

Top Gear track time

Atom V8 500
Nissan GT-R
Caparo T1

1/4 mile

Atom V8 500
11.2 s
Nissan GT-R
10.8 s

Data points Key details of the Ariel Atom


Atom V8 500
Seven 620R


Atom V8 500
475 HP
BAC Mono
280 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Fierce acceleration is the payoff: Zero to 60 mph comes in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.2 at 125 mph.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
Usually, such massive, mind- and physics-bending acceleration is delivered on two wheels, and we've enjoyed that three-two-one-blast-off kind of thrust a few times in the past.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)
We countersteer quickly and stay light on the throttle, and everything rights itself immediately.
by (Dec, 2012)


Combined with a smooth engine that now has its VTEC kick at just 3800rpm, it’s a fantastic drivetrain.
by EVO (Jan, 2008)
So the entire powertrain and the majority of the brake system is straight out of the MGF, the mid-engined sports car built and sold by Rover.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
Shifting down for corners is optional, mainly serving as tach-needle tickler and engine-noise booster.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)


Adding to the chaos is a menacing, brain-rattling shriek from the supercharger.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
In fact, our test car carried a sticker that nearly doubled the starting price, and it seems likely that a bone-stock Atom (well, bone-stock plus the available supercharger, of course) would provide nearly as many smiles per mile.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)
Now, with the engine started and humming at idle, everything is as you'd expect from a well-sorted Honda K-series powerplant.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)


The rocker-arm suspension systems use metal-to-metal pivots at the wheel end and combination metal-and-rubber bushings at the chassis end to good effect.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
Resilience feels equally divided among tire-sidewall flex, chassis twist, and suspension travel.
by Car and Driver (Nov, 2000)
The aforementioned suspension setup has been optioned up with twin coil springs with differing rates to provide a relatively tame ride while still maintaining back-road and race track prowess.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)

Air compressor

Our car had most of the performance-enhancing goods, including Alcon four-piston brakes ($3975), 10-way-adjustable shocks ($2720), and one of the most popular options, a nonintercooled Jackson Racing supercharger ($8500) that adds 7 psi of boost and 55 horsepower.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
The supercharged variant ups those figures to 300 horsepower and 190 pound-feet, and the result is an extravagant linearity and immediacy connected to one of the slickest-shifting manuals on the planet—it seems incapable of landing in the wrong gear—with which to harness the hysteria.
by Car and Driver (Jun, 2009)
Ariel tells us that the supercharged Atom will handily accelerate to 60 mph in well under three seconds, and we're true believers of that figure.
by AutoBlog (Apr, 2010)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ariel
Price $225,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2008


Body style Roadster


Drivetrain 2WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,210 lb

road tests

Top speed 170 mph
1/4 mile 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.3 s
0-100mph 5.4 s
Top gear time 1:15.10

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,000 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor Supercharger
Fuels Gas
Valvetrain DOHC
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