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Noble M15 to get Volvo's V8

By Yoann Besnard on 8 November 2007 | Commentaires (0) Comments | Permalink

According to the Italian importer, the Noble M15 will feature a Volvo V8 instead of the current Ford V6. The launch date remains unknown. Available on the Volvo S80 and XC90, the 4.4 litres V8 will gain a couple of turbochargers. The power will jump from 313 bhp to 650 bhp.

The current V6, which was available on the former Ford Mondeo ST220, allowed Lee Noble access to a reliable and competitive engine. Unfortunately, its replacement by the Ford Duratec 35 led Noble to revise his copy. Designed by Yamaha, the Volvo's V8 has a unique 60 degree cylinder bank instead of the usual 90 degree cylinder bank.

The Noble M15 will also lose 100kg compared to the original prototype unveiled in early 2006. With only 1100kg and a new V8 engine, it will run the 0-60mph in around 3.0 seconds.


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