Celebrating its fortieth year of the Seven, Caterham have gone all-out with the new 620 R, which replaces the R500 at the top of the range.
The new sports car has been dubbed the “most extreme” Seven to date by Caterham, and with a 0-100km/h time of less than 2.8 seconds, Caterham isn’t exaggerating.
Power comes from a 2.0 litre supercharged four-cylinder Ford Duratec engine, developing around 230kW (the most powerful Seven yet) and the 620 R has a limited top-speed of 250km/h.
The car also features a unique gunmetal chassis, air-flow optimised nose cone and a race-developed cooling package.
De Dion rear suspension and wide track front suspension units, high-performance dampers and lightweight 13-inch alloy wheels are also fitted, along with “track-inspired” Avon ZZR tyres.
The British carmaker will bring a total of three F1 and GP2 Team drivers to pilot the 620 R up the famous Goodwood Hill at the Festival.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said the 620 R is the most hard-core production Seven ever built for the road.
“The Seven 620 R is an extreme piece of kit,” Mr Macdonald said. “We know there is demand for cars that re-write the rules of performance and, if you’re brave enough to take it on, the 620 R will be an enormously rewarding, fun car to pilot.”
Mr Macdonald said that while the car was fast, it was also “driveable”, even though he thought the 620 R was not the best starting point for Caterham rookies.
“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,” Macdonald said.
The Seven 620 will initially be available as the hard-core “R” only, but a softer “S” version will be launched later this year.
The Caterham Seven 620 R is priced in the UK from around AU $81,000 and is available to order now. No word yet on whether the 620 R will be sold in Australia in any official capacity.