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Noble M15 - blistering acceleration

Building on the success of the no-compromise M12, the M15 is a more mature Noble with luxuries including satellite navigation, impeccable ride and 300 litres of luggage space!

"The M12 is a great car, but it's very focused and I wanted to produce a supercar people could use every day," said founder Lee Noble.

"It was time for Noble to take a big step up in terms of refinement, practicality and style.

"We're delighted with this new car's all-round skills and the I reckon there's not a car in its class to touch it dynamically. After all, it's still a Noble!"

With a 340 kW version of the tried and trusted three-litre twin turbo engine Noble has come to rely on, this is also the quickest car yet to emerge from the company.

Devastatingly fast

With the complementary figure of 617 Nm of torque, all in a car that weighs slightly more than 1 200 kg, the M15 is devastatingly fast.

The M15 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and 0-160 km/h in less than 8 seconds.

It keeps going all the way to 296 km/h, too, and has been tuned for rapid acceleration throughout the range rather than an easily achievable 320 km/h top end speed.

Supreme cornering skills and a confidence-inspiring chassis are part the DNA and, in this respect, the M15 promises to be the best yet.

The spaceframe chassis with integral rollcage is 57% cent stiffer than the M12 that has won plaudits throughout the world, and intensive development has ensured that the fabled Noble handling on the limit is even better than before.


At over R1-million (estimated) in SA the M15 would pitch straight into battle with the established supercar brands, but Noble is happy to meet them head on.

"Hopefully people who test this car will see it as a real alternative to (more expensive) exotica, as well as the immediate competition in the price range," he said.

"We know we're taking on tough opposition, but I'm sure this car is going to take us forward in a big way."

The M15 is 4.27 metres long, 1.85 metres wide, but only 1.2 mtres high. Wheelbase is 2.44 metres.

The M15's chassis is all-new and will have no commonality with the company's current cars, although it's similar in size to the M14 concept.

However, Noble says there won't be an M14.

The M15 will sit above Noble's current models.

Noble cars are distributed in SA by SA Centurion's Lazarus Performance Cars.


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