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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Following the successful 1999 Ariel Atom, the British carmaker considered that the car's frame could provide more excitement with a proper engine, and that's what it did.

While the first generation of Ariel Atom started based on a student project, the second generation was a different job. The car manufacturer took the same space frame that defined the roadster and brought a few updates.

The car's exterior looked similar, with its side ladder-type exoskeleton already produced for the 1999 model. Ariel focused on other parts, including a pair of transparent bubbles in front of the seats, which diverted the airflow over the occupants. However, they still had to wear a helmet. Behind the open cockpit, a Formula 1-inspired hunchback featured a grille on the upper side for the engine's intake.

Ariel installed two thin, carbon-fiber seats carried over from the racing industry. They were road-legal but with minimum padding and maximum bolstering. Keep in mind that the Atom could hold lateral g-forces of 1g, and the driver or its passenger shouldn't slide out. In the instrument panel, the car manufacturer placed an LCD that displayed the speed and other relevant information regarding the engine or the car.

Behind the cockpit, Ariel dropped the 1.8-liter Rover K-Series engine and installed a 2.0-liter Honda K-series engine from the European Civic Type-R. To spice up things, the carmaker offered a supercharged version of that engine resulting in a 100 hp increase when compared to the naturally aspirated unit.

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ARIEL Atom 2 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0 i-VTEC 6MT (220 HP)
  • 2.0 Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)
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ARIEL Atom 2 2.0 i-VTEC 6MT (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 i-VTEC 6MT (220 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
164 KW @ 8200 RPM
223 HP @ 8200 RPM
220 BHP @ 8200 RPM
Torque
145 lb-ft @ 6100 RPM
197 Nm @ 6100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.3 in (3411 mm)
Width
70.8 in (1798 mm)
Height
47 in (1194 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/63 in (1,600/1,600 mm)
Wheelbase
92.3 in (2344 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.5 in (89 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1105 lbs (501 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1590 lbs (721 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)

ARIEL Atom 2 2.0 Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
224 KW @ 8200 RPM
304 HP @ 8200 RPM
300 BHP @ 8200 RPM
Torque
191 lb-ft @ 7150 RPM
259 Nm @ 7150 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
2.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.3 in (3411 mm)
Width
70.8 in (1798 mm)
Height
47 in (1194 mm)
Front/rear Track
63/63 in (1,600/1,600 mm)
Wheelbase
92.3 in (2344 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.5 in (89 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1005 lbs (456 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1556 lbs (706 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
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