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MingtheMerciless

Original Poster:

333 posts

168 months

Thursday 4th October 2018
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I've just sent in the form. Only two years to wait smile

spikeyhead

11,956 posts

156 months

Thursday 4th October 2018
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Congratulations, any plans for coping with the wait?

MingtheMerciless

Original Poster:

333 posts

168 months

Friday 5th October 2018
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I have this to keep me going.


cardigankid

8,500 posts

171 months

Sunday 7th October 2018
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I read the Autocar road test.

What do you think is a realistic on the road price and why?

Faster and better handling than a F488? Sounds seriously appealing. What do you wear, motorbike leathers? Do you have to use a helmet, or is a Biggles style balaclava and goggles better? Is there anywhere to stow an overnight t bag?

spikeyhead

11,956 posts

156 months

Sunday 7th October 2018
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cardigankid said:
I read the Autocar road test.

What do you think is a realistic on the road price and why?

Faster and better handling than a F488? Sounds seriously appealing. What do you wear, motorbike leathers? Do you have to use a helmet, or is a Biggles style balaclava and goggles better? Is there anywhere to stow an overnight t bag?
People have spec'd the 3.5 to over £100k, but I think that a realistic starting price on the road will be £50k and easy to push that a lot higher. Having said that, I've not seen a price list and I'm not even sure one exists.

On a long run I'll use a helmet, but goggles work well enough. Ski or yacht clothing works well enough, it just needs to be warm and waterproof.

I'll never get bored of driving my Atom 3. I love that it's a car that wants to kill you.


cardigankid

8,500 posts

171 months

Sunday 7th October 2018
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How does it set about trying to kill you? I thought the handling was exquisite.

cardigankid

8,500 posts

171 months

Sunday 7th October 2018
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spikeyhead said:
People have spec'd the 3.5 to over £100k...
The list price is £39,995. What do you add to an exposed frame to take it to £100k?

cardigankid

8,500 posts

171 months

Monday 8th October 2018
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Its a serious question, I am not trying to be sarcastic! hippy

Toilet Duck

1,170 posts

144 months

Monday 8th October 2018
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cardigankid said:
Its a serious question, I am not trying to be sarcastic! hippy
Everything is an option. The list price will be "basic" brakes, suspension, wheels, bell cranks etc. no carbon goodies, no baffled sump, no polished exhaust, no brake bias adjuster.

On the Atom 3/3.5 for example, off the top of my head, Dymag wheels are over £3K, Carbon front and rear wings are around £2K each, another £2K if you want individual carbon seats on runners, not sure how much to upgrade to 10 way adjustable Bilstein shocks but the Ohlins TTX option is around £6K, Sadev box I believe is north of £16k, supercharger option maybe £8k, 350bhp 3.5R upgrade close to £10k, then you've got other goodies like carbon mudguards, carbon headlight/indicator covers, Alcon brakes, aero wishbones, side panels, towing eyes, plumbed in fire extinguisher, battery cut off switch, windscreen and god knows what else. I don't even think the handbrake is "standard" as many Atoms never see the public road

spikeyhead

11,956 posts

156 months

Monday 8th October 2018
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The expensive options on the 3 include a supercharger, that's about £6k, Sadev sequential box, £22k, aerofoils, aero shaped wishbones, the 3.5 has sidepods for charge cooling, etc etc but it's a long time since I've looked at a price list so don't know how much they are.

Handling, it's a rear engined car that's almost square and has very high power to weight. On a track it's a delight, but the limit comes on very very quickly. It's also very high, so if you're just pottering in the car you won't get near it, but the car demands to be used.

cardigankid

8,500 posts

171 months

Tuesday 9th October 2018
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What's the standard manual box like - I love PDK and DCT and that stuff, but I yearn for a nice slick short shift manual box.

MingtheMerciless

Original Poster:

333 posts

168 months

Wednesday 7th November 2018
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I have just received the list of options for the Atom 4 - wow it looks like you can get to a £75k Atom with very little trouble.

Does anyone have a view on the must have/desirable/fripperies options?

phil4

767 posts

197 months

Tuesday 20th November 2018
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Almost essential I'd suggest:
Frame colour
Road registration
Limited slip diff
Aero Screen
Insurance Tracker

If your budget can stretch further, some less essential, but worthwhile:
Baffled Engine Oil Sump
Sport Brake Package Front
Sport Brake Package Rear
Quick Release Steering Wheel
12v. Auxillary feed with Cigarette Lighter Type Socket
Locking Fuel Cap
Towing Eye Kit Front (road use)
Battery Optimiser/Trickle Charger

With those done, I'd consider the bigger brakes, handbrake (for MOT), adjustable suspension etc. all depending on personal tastes, intended use and budget.

CambsBill

1,196 posts

137 months

Monday 17th December 2018
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phil4 said:
Almost essential I'd suggest:
Frame colour
Road registration
Limited slip diff
Aero Screen
Insurance Tracker

If your budget can stretch further, some less essential, but worthwhile:
Baffled Engine Oil Sump
Sport Brake Package Front
Sport Brake Package Rear
Quick Release Steering Wheel
12v. Auxillary feed with Cigarette Lighter Type Socket
Locking Fuel Cap
Towing Eye Kit Front (road use)
Battery Optimiser/Trickle Charger

With those done, I'd consider the bigger brakes, handbrake (for MOT), adjustable suspension etc. all depending on personal tastes, intended use and budget.
Agree with most of those (QR wheel I can't say I've missed though).

I'd add stainless steel fixings & foot rests

Deano84

808 posts

151 months

Thursday 27th December 2018
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MingtheMerciless said:
I have just received the list of options for the Atom 4 - wow it looks like you can get to a £75k Atom with very little trouble.

Does anyone have a view on the must have/desirable/fripperies options?
I am struggling to get mine to spec under £60k and that feels like I’m being sensible with the options.

I would be interested to see what everyone has selected options wise, as this is the first Atom I will have owned.

I ordered mine back in July the day before Goodwood and it was an 18 month waiting list back then!

Tobias-Funke

2 posts

22 months

Friday 18th January 2019
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I got the price list a few days ago and have been told the wait time is now 30 months.


Frimley111R

11,010 posts

193 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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MingtheMerciless said:
I've just sent in the form. Only two years to wait smile
2 years!!!????

spikeyhead

11,956 posts

156 months

Monday 18th March 2019
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Frimley111R said:
MingtheMerciless said:
I've just sent in the form. Only two years to wait smile
2 years!!!????
It's currently closer to 3

LAM80W

808 posts

151 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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MingtheMerciless said:
I have just received the list of options for the Atom 4 - wow it looks like you can get to a £75k Atom with very little trouble.

Does anyone have a view on the must have/desirable/fripperies options?
Hello, hope the wait is going quickly, mine has been built now- this is the final spec i went for- hope this helps and happy to answer any questions on the options if you have any, its going to be registered for the Road in January 2020, can't wait.


350bhp Upgrade, sports exhaust silencer. decat pipe and ecu reflash
Limited Slip Differential
Adjustable Traction Control inc Launch Control
Baffled Engine Oil Sump
AP Racing 4 Pot Caliper/290mm Discs Front and Rear
Black Brake and Clutch Lines with Stainless Steel Fittings
Handbrake System for Rear 4 Pot Caliper Brakes
Cockpit Adjustable Remote Brake Bias
Bilstein Single Adjustable Dampers with 2 piece springs - Road/Track
Quick Release Steering Wheel
Towing Eye Kit Rear Road/Track Day Use (1 x hook)
2" Harness With Alloy Chest Adjusters (Each Side)
Road Legal Wheel and Track Day Tyre Package
Roadside Temporary Puncture Repair Kit
Stainless Steel Fixings
Machined Aluminium Wing Mirror Set
Aero Screen
High-Level Brake Light
Locking Fuel Cap
12v. Auxiliary feed with USB socket
Tracker (Insurance approved)
Reversing Camera System
Passenger + clutch footrest
Battery Optimiser/Trickle Charger
Carbon Fibre Instrument Panel
Carbon Fibre Rear Fog/Reverse/Number Plate Tail Tidy
Black Colour Wheels
Gloss Black Coat Chassis
IVA Test
Road Tax + Registration

I've gone for the Orange Airbox and bonnet

Cheers.
Dean

thelostboy

3,942 posts

184 months

Thursday 12th December 2019
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Is it really a 3 year wait?

I guess that'll be great for residuals, but I might be broke or dead by then!

How does it work financially out of interest; stage payments? Or just a deposit and they call you closer to the time to check you still want it?