Ariel Atom 4 Uses Civic Type R Power and Destroys Faces Faster Than Ever

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In less than 3 seconds, you’ll hit 60 mph. In less than 7, you’ll be at 100…

Let’s get one thing out-of-the-way real quick: what you’re looking at here is essentially an all new car. Sure it looks like an Ariel Atom, but the Atom 4 is almost all new from the ground up. Sure, if you want to be picky, they did carry over some parts. In fact, they carried over a total of three things; the clutch pedal, the brake pedal, and the fuel cap. So yeah, we have no problem calling it all new.

Of most interest to us is the new engine being used. Since it’s plucked straight from the Civic Type R, it’s easily the most powerful standard motor ever fitted to an Atom, and makes the Atom 4 significantly faster than it’s predecessor, the Atom 3.5. Torque is up over 75% compared to the previous motor and though trick ECU electronics, launch control and traction control are optional for the best performance possible.

Ariel Atom 4 Civic Type R

Improvements didn’t just stop with the engine. Brake components needed to be upgraded to handle the extra speed from the engine. Suspension geometry was improved and revised to reduce unnecessary body roll and pitch, and even the chassis was improved with added stiffness and better aerodynamic qualities. It’s also become a better place to be, as well.

With greater room inside in both length and width, more drivers will find it comfortable, and the AiM data display for the dashboard is the ideal companion for trips on the road or set-up at the race track.

Prices for the Atom 4 aren’t finalized just yet as the car will begin production at the end of the year, and be delivered in early spring, however somewhere between $50,000 and $55,000 is safe to assume. Not bad for a car that’ll blow the doors off just about any exotic!

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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