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2012 Ariel Atom Mugen Revealed

2012 Ariel Atom Mugen

If you thought that the Atom V8 500 was the most powerful and fast Ariel available, you are wrong as the company just finished preparing a limited edition Atom Mugen which made its debut at this year’s UK Autosport Show. This limited edition was made in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Atom and only 10 units will be produced. Each of these cars will come with different liveries and will have numbered plates signed by Ariel and Mugen. The latter is known for offering many tuning packages for Honda cars.

Aside from the regular features that you find in the standard Atom, the Mugen edition comes with four pot lightweight calipers as well as ventilated discs for both the front and rear wheels. Inside, the Mugen model will benefit from a multi-functional LCD screen installed in front of the Atom’s driver and will display all the necessary and relevant info, including lap times and gearshift indicators.

As far as the engine is concerned, the 2012 Ariel Atom Mugen will feature the unit that equips the Honda Civic Type R, which is a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter K20Z Type R, but tuned by Mugen in order to output 270 hp @ 8,600 rpm. In comparison to the standard Atom, the Mugen offers a 25 hp increase. With this engine and a curb weight of less than 640 kg, the car will be able to reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, onto a top speed of about 150 mph.

2012 Ariel Atom Mugen

We mentioned in the beginning of the article that only 10 units will be produced, but we have to warn you that one was already sold. For those of you interested in the 2012 Ariel Atom Mugen, the price is $78,700.

If you are curious about the Atom’s main competitor, it is the KTM X-Bow, although the cars look very different. Both of them have very similar performance specifications and the KTM X-Bow is fitted with a 240 hp Audi-based 2.0-liter TFSI DOHC engine, offering just about the same performance figures as the Atom Mugen.

2012 Ariel Atom Mugen

Ariel Atom celebrates 10th anniversary with Atom 500 V8 model


It might be hard to believe, but everybody’s favorite track day race car, the Ariel Atom, was nothing but a pipe dream 10 years ago.

At that time, student Nik Smart decided that a road-legal race car with the weight of a bike and the engine of a real car might become quite popular. He wasn’t wrong, as the Atom is now three generations in and is still loved by enthusiasts all over the world.

Now, for the 10th anniversary of the Ariel Atom, the company decided to gather some of the most loyal owners and showcased the very special Ariel Atom 500 V8. What’s more, as a testament to the build quality, engineers started crafting the 500 V8 at 10:15 AM, and finished it at 3:30 PM, complete with working fluids and the rest of the tweaks.

The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 500 HP 3.0-liter V8 engine, but its performance specs have yet to be revealed. Considering a regular Atom 3 manages 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, the 500 V8 will definitely offer an even greater performance.

The company is also planning a powerful motorcycle in the near future, but the Ariel Atom 500 V8 is currently the main priority. Only 25 models will be made, but each will retail for around $200,000.

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Ariel Atom replica created from spare parts

One of MAKE readers’, Proximacentuari, has created this incredible Ariel Atom replica, from scratch. Besides the huge effort he put in the project, 15 months and at least 800 hours of work in the garage, what’s really amazing is that a large amount of the vehicle’s parts came from junk or recycled stuff:

“The stainless panels all came from old appliances. The black body panels came from an ancient kayak and an old doghouse. The throttle pedal was made entirely from salvaged parts from a dumpster at an engineering firm around town. Of course, the engine was also recycled from a crashed car (Acura RSX).”

According to him, the car goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and gets 35+ mpg. What can we say, except congrats to him for his work and we definitely admire his creation.

You can see more photos of the car on Proximacentauri’s Flickr profile.

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