The Caterham Se7en 620R packs 310 supercharged horsepower, does 0-62 mph in under 2.8 seconds (if you're fast enough with your shifts), and keeps going until 155 mph. Remember the Caterham R500? It just got better.
Debuting at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend with Caterham Racing GP2 driver Alexander Rossithis behind its wheel, the 620R comes with the following enhancements:
The car features a unique gunmetal chassis, an air-flow optimised nose cone and a race-developed cooling package. De Dion rear suspension and wide track front suspension units are complemented by high-performance dampers all round, while the car sits on lightweight, 13” alloy wheels fitted with track-inspired Avon ZZR tyres.
In the cockpit, there are more noticeable improvements, with features including performance-focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear.
Meanwhile, carbon fibre interior panels and dash plus carbon fibre race seats and a Q/R race steering wheel complete the sports feel to the interior.
After the 620R, Caterham will also offer the 620S, which will also have a 310 hp Duratec engine but "offers a little more accessibility," whatever that means in Caterhamland. They certainly don't recommend it for beginners:
While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this car for those inexperienced in driving Caterhams, we always ensure that even our fastest cars retain the manageable delivery of power that makes them accessible, despite the daunting statistics.
Yeah, right. That should keep the Health and Safety Department happy.
The price for all that? £49,995 (~$74,200). But don't worry, Caterham is also preparing "a new ultra-efficient, affordable entry-level Seven that will sit at the opposite end of the range". Sounds like a bargain? Oh yes!