Ariel Atom 500: Supercar Performance, Supercar Price
There's no such thing as a free lunch, and if you want a car that'll go as fast as a supercar, expect to pay as much as you would for a supercar. That much is becoming more and more evident as the prices of exotic sportscars continue to rise, and British sportscar-maker Ariel has revealed the its upcoming Atom 500 will cost at least $160,000.
The existing Ariel Atom 300 is already one of the best-performing cars on the road, even with a relatively modest four-cylinder engine. The Atom 500, however, will pack a compact V8 producing some 500 horsepower. But it won't come cheap, the anticipated $50,000 cost of its custom-developed V8 engine alone driving the price of the limited-edition Atom 500 to about triple that of its four-cylinder counterpart. But for all that cash, a lucky few buyers will get one heck of a performer: try 0-60 in about 2.5 seconds, fast enough to keep pace with the legendary Bugatti Veyron, which at ten times the price makes the Atom look like a relative bargain.