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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Exotic

You probably haven’t heard of Ariel, a small British company with only 7 employees.

Or maybe more over the past years, but you get the idea.

Starting out as a university project, the Ariel Atom unveiled its first prototype in 1996 under the nameplate of LSC (Lightweight Sports Car).

The first Ariel Atom was released in 2000 and was driven by a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter engine that developed 190 hp.

It’s a bit inappropriate to describe the exterior design, as it was mostly the car’s chassis, the seats, the steering-wheel and the wheels.

The major upgrade was the chassis featuring a new diagonal side structure that allowed more interior room. The chassis’ width was increased by 60 mm .

A beautiful piece of engineering, the Atom 3 came with a new suspension and a Type R Honda-borrowed engine, the K20A. Ariel changed the 2.0-liter iVTEC’s mounts to improve the NVH level. The powerful unit developed 300 hp and was mated with a 6-speed manual gearbox that sent the power to the rear wheels.

Just imagine 300 hp on a 515 kg vehicle - doesn’t that sound scary? The small Atom 3 needed only 2.8 seconds to reach 100 kph.

For 2008, the Ariel Atom 3 featured a fly-by-wire throttle, a new gearchange, a new fuel system, a new ECU and a twin outlet exhaust.

As there was no windshield, driving at hight speed, even with a helmet, might have been challenging. To reduce the wind pressure on the driver’s head, Ariel used a simple deflector.

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ARIEL Atom 3 2008 - Present
  4 gasoline engines
  • 2.0L i-VTEC 6MT (245 HP)
  • 2.0L Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)
  • 2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (233 HP)
  • 2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (370 HP)

ARIEL Atom 3 2.0L i-VTEC 6MT (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L i-VTEC 6MT (245 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
180 KW @ 8200 RPM
245 HP @ 8200 RPM
241 BHP @ 8200 RPM
Torque
154 lb-ft @ 6100 RPM
209 Nm @ 6100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
2.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
190/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134 in (3404 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
4 in (102 mm)
Cargo Volume
0.5 cuFT (14 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1019 lbs (462 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1565 lbs (710 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)

ARIEL Atom 3 2.0L Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L Supercharged 6MT (304 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
224 KW @ 8200 RPM
305 HP @ 8200 RPM
300 BHP @ 8200 RPM
Torque
200 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM
271 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
2.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134 in (3404 mm)
Width
72 in (1829 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
4 in (102 mm)
Cargo Volume
0.5 cuFT (14 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1005 lbs (456 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1548 lbs (702 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
31 mpg US (7.6 L/100Km)

ARIEL Atom 3 2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (233 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (233 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
172 KW @ 8200 RPM
234 HP @ 8200 RPM
231 BHP @ 8200 RPM
Torque
148 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM
201 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134 in (3404 mm)
Width
72 in (1829 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
4 in (102 mm)
Cargo Volume
0.5 cuFT (14 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1349 lbs (612 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1653 lbs (750 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)

ARIEL Atom 3 2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (370 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L i-VTEC 6MT (370 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
272 KW @ 7500 RPM
370 HP @ 7500 RPM
365 BHP @ 7500 RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
420 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.9 gallons (60.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
2.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
134 in (3404 mm)
Width
72 in (1829 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
4 in (102 mm)
Cargo Volume
0.5 cuFT (14 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1350 lbs (612 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1653 lbs (750 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
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