In the first episode (excluding the Nepal Special) of Series 28 that aired on January 26, 2020, Top Gear reviewed the Ariel Atom 4, and after Chris Harris had its way with it, it was the Stig’s turn to put it through its paces against the clock.
However, that lap didn’t do justice to the car, as the test track was very wet, so the Atom 4 posted a very modest time of 1:25.3. As a result, it was slower than the Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW 1M Coupe and M135i to name but a few, so the team decided to give it another chance.
At the end of the new run, the clock stopped at 1:16.0, which means that the Atom 4 is the fifth quickest car at the Top Gear test track, after the Pagani Huayra (1:13.8), BAC Mono (1:14.3), Atom V8 500 (1:15.1) and Lamborghini Huracan (1:15.8). The McLaren MP4-12C was two tenths of a second slower, and the Aventador and Bugatti Veyron Super Sport completed the course in 1:16.5 and 1:16.8 respectively.
The Atom 4 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four, sourced from the Honda Civic Type R, developing 320 HP (325 PS / 239 kW) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque, connected to a six-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h), it needs 2.8 seconds and can max out at 162 mph (261 km/h).
In the United States, it has an MSRP of $74,750, and can be ordered with the $7,995 Performance Package that increases the output to 350 HP, $1,295 upgraded brakes ($495 more for the track compound pads), $2,395 adjustable suspension ($8,995 for the Ohlins TTX), $395 quick-release steering wheel and other things.