Wednesday 26th May 2004
The £75,000 mid-engined Noble M14 was unveiled at the Birmingham Motor Show in the West Midlands. It had 400 bhp (298 kW; 406 PS) at 6,100 rpm from a highly modified version of Ford’s 3.0 litre (2,968 cc) V6 using a six-speed manual transmission and twin turbochargers. The engine developed 385 ft·lbf (522 N·m) of torque at 4,750 rpm. It was planned to have a power-to-weight ratio of 363 bhp (271 kW) per ton, and to get to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.3 seconds with a maximum speed of 190 mph (310 km/h).
Noble expected it to compete with cars like the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo and Ferrari F430.
Following the debut of the vehicle Lee Noble the creator of the car decided that it was insufficiently advanced over the current range of Noble cars to justify its price tag. Noble transferred development to a new car the Noble M15, a pre-production prototype of which was presented in 2007 (and shown on TV’s Top Gear) but never launched. Noble is now believed to be working on two updated replacements – the M600 and the M15C (see Autocar magazine, 20 October 2007).