New Atom V8 thrashed in Modena
TopGear heads to the home of the modern supercar with Ariel’s special-edition, super-bonkers 500bhp Atom
Posted: 16 May 2011
Astonishing never comes cheap however, and the news that might take a few feverish Ariel addicts aback is that the 500 is likely to cost around £140,000 depending on your exact specification. And there will only ever be 25 of them. And at the time of writing, 21 have already been sold. So even if you are suitably rich and suitably bonkers, you'll also need to be quick.
As the tight bends and sharp cambers of the hills ease off and we drop south towards our first stop at Maranello, it becomes possible to stretch the 500's legs a bit. And what legs. Think Usain Bolt at full chat, huge, lunging, powerful strides.
The linear power delivery made possible by normal aspiration means you don't get that peaky turbo shove in the back, but instead the sense that you've just been rear ended by a bullet train. One that has no intention of stopping.