Ironically Noble Automotive MD Peter Boutwood revealed the existence of this striking image to us while sheltering from a downpour at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (we were discussing ‘Spiders’ and the British weather), but sadly we can’t tell you that an M600 Spider/Cabriolet/Convertible is entering production any time soon.
In fact Peter was understandably guarded about releasing this factory-commissioned picture at all, the suggestion being ATFULLCHAT might - in a selfish quest for website 'hits' – promulgate production rumours about a project Peter describes purely as “a factory styling exercise”. (As if..!!! It would be great to see the real thing on the road though, wouldn’t it? Ed.)
Peter himself reckons the car looks fabulous when pictured without a roof but resolutely maintains the roadster concept is purely “a what if” project and “there are definitely no plans at present to produce it”. (Hang on… Did he say “at present”? Ed.)
While there’s no plan afoot to add a drophead to the M600 line-up today, one might reasonably assume it wouldn’t be too taxing a task to manage the conversion from an engineering perspective - the M600’s steel and aluminium racing-car style chassis tub means the existing coupe body is an unstressed element. The combination of 650bhp V8 and no roof might stress the follicles though, especially if something approaching the M600’s 225mph top speed could still be achieved sans roof.
Former F3 racing driver Peter was at Cholmondeley to campaign an M600 coupe in the sprint.
He turned up in a vivid orange car with exposed carbon highlights, but this time featuring a matte-finish weave as opposed to the gloriously lustrous lacquered finish on the firm’s blue M600 demonstrator.
The new look is terrific too (see larger gallery pics below), especially when coupled with bespoke details like body-colour seatback shells. Pleasingly the stunning car remained in pristine condition post the competition, in spite of what Peter describes as “a HUGE moment on the Saturday recovered with huge skill and no luck – honest…”
Which is exactly why we like convertibles. You don’t have to try so hard!