An extremely rare Mugen Edition Ariel Atom is for sale for the bargain price of just under $60,000.
Since 2003, with the introduction of the Ariel Atom 2, Honda and Ariel Atom have had a great relationship in the marriage of chassis and engine. Back in 2011 to celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary Ariel and Honda’s tuning arm, Mugen, partnered up to produce a limited-edition Mugen Ariel Atom. Only 10 Mugen Ariel Atom’s were made and quickly sold. According to Ariel and their official Facebook page earlier yesterday (Apr 10, 2017) Mugen Ariel Atom #9 of 10 is for sale. Check out a couple of photos as this rare Atom sits today we’ve posted for you below.
The base Ariel Atom at the time opted for the K20A found in the JDM Civic Type R with 245 HP and 170 lb-ft that benefited from an extra 24 HP and ll lb-ft from Hondata tuning. The Mugen Ariel Atom received a fully blue printed K20Z engine from the Euro Civic Type R which raised power from 201 HP to 270 HP and 142 lb-ft to 188 lb-ft thanks to using an aluminum block with aluminum head amongst other performance modifications. According to Ariel, each K20Z engine is reassembled with high-performance pistons, high lift cam shafts, and new valve springs. The stock manifold is replaced with a free-flowing unit and the throttle body diameter is increased to better feed air to the race grade spark plugs. Underneath, each blueprinted engine gets a baffled sump and up top, a carbon fiber valve cover is the cherry on the ice cream. All in all, it takes a Mugen engine builder 7 days for each K20Z to be made.
All that power strapped to a chassis that altogether weighs around 1,300 pounds means a blast to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 150 MPH if you’re brave enough.
Compared to the Ariel Atom 3, this Mugen Atom also got bigger brakes, a modified suspension that was standard on the V8 Atom, and a special LCD flat screen with all the car’s vitals.
Most obvious and keeping in line with the Mugen theme are those awesome Magnesium alloy wheels in white paired with a red chassis and white bodywork.
This particular used example only has 2,800 miles which is practically broken in as far as Honda engine’s go.
It very well may be the case that by the time you read this, this used Mugen Ariel Atom might’ve already been sold. If not, it would behoove you to contact Ariel ASAP for a chance at this once in a lifetime UK Japanese mashup for the ages.