Ariel To Make First New Motorcycle Since 1965
Ariel are known for their track stripped road car the Ariel Atom, but now the re born British marque have unveiled their first new motorcycle in over 50 years. Ariel plan to make between 100-150 of the bespoke bikes called the Ace in 2015. Each bike will be fully customisable and designed to the buyers specific needs and wants. During this process of customisation buyers will even be able to vist their bike at the Somerset based Crewkerne factory during the manufacturing stages.
The Ace features a futuristic billet aluminium frame that echoes the Ariel Atom’s exposed chassis and is the distinguishing feature on the bike. The similarities to the Atom don’t stop there as the Ace uses a Honda engine just like the Atom. The bikes power plant comes from the Honda VFR1200 making 173hp and 96lbft allowing the Ace to achieve a 0-60 time of just 3.4 seconds. As well as the engine, it also uses the single-sided shaft-drive and swing-arm from the VFR1200. Like the VFR, it’s offered with either a conventional six-speed gearbox or Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission system, which has automatic and semi-automatic modes.
A release from Ariel said: ‘The Ace represents the first new motorcycle from Ariel for over 50 years and builds on a history that began in 1870 making revolutionary bicycles and patenting the spoked wheel. More recently known for the iconic Atom, Ariel were famous throughout the last century for innovative motorcycles such as the four-cylinder Ariel Square Four and the two-stroke, pressed steel frame Ariel Arrow. The new Ace reinforces Ariel’s tradition, both old and new, of all that’s best in British innovation, performance, quality and craftsmanship.’
Having been referred to as the ‘Savile Row of the Automotive World’ Ariel have a tailor made approach to building vehicles that isn’t possible at high volume and reflects the qualities achievable only in low volume production.