While it’s been many long years since the Ariel Atom made it’s first appearance on Top Gear which ended up catapulting it into the limelight and making it an object of desire for people all around the world, it may just be the case that having these awesome machines on Australian shores and Australian roads is not far from becoming a reality – or is it?
While work has been continuing on the Ariel Atom 3 to get it street legal in Australia, some real progress has been made recently and the likelihood of it finally hitting Australian roads feels a little greater thanks to this recent progress. So what has happened? Well firstly, the exhaust now rocks! Emissions testing in Australia is very strict and required a completely new exhaust be created from scratch, and the results of the initial prototype were very positive, so that appears to be one hurdle recently overcome and although there are more, they don’t appear to be as major as the exhaust/emissions requirements and we’ll keep you posted on progress here.
Lastly, a quick word of advice for those people leaving comments about hoping the car will land in Australia and on our roads for not much more than the Aussie dollar equivalent of the price quoted by Jeremy Clarkson all those years ago on Top Gear – prepare to be disappointed. Not only has the price from Ariel gone up since then, but there are so many other things to take into account including freight, import taxes and duties and the compliance work undertaking this far and that which will be required to comply every car to Australian standards. While there are no hard figures which can be quoted at the moment, if you’re expecting it for under $60k you should probably go buy an SS Commodore. If you allow for $70k-$85k you should probably be ok, but again, there are still lots of things up in the air so these are in no way a concrete figures.
So start saving, because when the compliancing process is completed and they’re available on the roads in Australia, these WILL sell fast, and given there will only be 25 made available in Australia each year.