Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Simon Saunders: “We’re just about to launch an all-new Ariel motorcycle!”

Yes, Ariel will soon start making motorcycles again and, no, the new bike probably won't look anything like this Ariel Golden Arrow of the early-1960s!
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The UK-based Ariel, which used to manufacture motorcycles up until the late-1960s, will soon make a comeback and will start producing motorcycles again. Ariel currently produces the Atom, one of the wildest, hardest-accelerating and fastest cars in the world. While technically a ‘car,’ the Ariel Atom is almost a sportsbike on four wheels. The Atom 3.5R, powered by a supercharged 2.0-litre Honda i-VTEC engine, packs a 350 horsepower punch and can accelerate from zero to 160km/h in a mere 6 seconds. And if that’s not nearly sufficient, the company is also planning to build the Atom 500 V8, which will have 500 horsepower from its 3.0-litre normally-aspirated V8 and which will probably be as quick and fast as any litre-class superbike in production today.

However, the interesting bit of news here is that Ariel will also soon start producing motorcycles again, and if the Atom is anything to go by, the new Ariel motorcycle should be quite a bomb in terms of outright performance. “We’re just about to launch an all-new Ariel motorcycle,” said Ariel boss Simon Saunders, while talking about the Atom PL, which the company has recently provided to the UK police.

“Our business is about going fast, very fast, but there is a time and a place. The Atom is designed to be driven to a race track, where you can drive to your limits in safety and in a professional environment designed for the purpose. The road really isn’t the place to explore your or your vehicle’s limits,” said Saunders, who fully supports motorcycle rider safety initiatives in the UK. “There’s always one certain loser in a motorcycle collision, and that’s the motorcyclist,” he says.

If the new Ariel motorcycle is in keeping with the spirit of the Atom, and given Ariel’s existing ties with Honda, we hope the new Ariel motorcycle is powered by a supercharged version of the Honda Fireblade engine, trellis-type frame and top-spec braking and suspension components. Should give the S1000R, Tuono V4R and 1290 Super Duke R something to think about!

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