Ariel is primarily known for their wonderfully insane Atom, a car that has claimed many awards such as EVO's car of the year and Top Gear's performance car of the year. So they know how to build a track weapon but what do they know about motorcycles? Well, two wheels is how the company began, with a bicycle under the name Ariel, and adding motorcycles to the mix in 1903.
Now, after over 50 years absence from the sector they are back, and not with some sort of "safe" design that wouldn't rock the boat. No, this naked monster is built around The Honda VFR1200's V4 engine, putting out 173hp at 10,000rpm through a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission, and boasts a 0-62mph time of just 3.6 seconds.
The premium price will pay for a special experience for customers lucky enough to secure one of the 150 build slots per year that Ariel will offer. Each motorcycle will be hand built by one Ariel technician dedicated to its completion - and you can even book a visit to watch the action in the build bay. One notable point of difference that Ariel offer with the Ace is a range of customisation they offer, as well as the ability to (like Atom owners have enjoyed) return to the factory when new upgrades become available so they can stay at the cutting edge of performance without having to pay for a whole new bike.