As Caterham celebrates 40 years of developing and building the Seven, Caterham is re-inventing the 'Seven' nameplate with the Seven 620R. A newly-engineered, two-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine pumps out 310bhp, propelling the Seven 620R from naught to 100km/h in under 2.8 seconds. Priced at £49,995 (S$95,362) the 249km/h capable 620R replaces the legendary Superlight R500.
Caterham F1 driver Charles Pic will drive the 620R up the famous Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed, as will Alexander Rossi, Caterham F1 Team reserve and Caterham Racing GP2 driver. A static version of the new car will also feature on Caterham’s Festival of Speed stand, along with other performance vehicles from across the Caterham Group.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said, "The 620R is the most hardcore production Seven ever built for the road. The R500 claimed its place in motoring history as a benchmark for lightweight sportscar performance but this new vehicle pushes the boundaries even further."
The 620R is completely opposed to the new ultra-efficient, affordable entry-level Seven that Caterham will unveil later this year. Like all Sevens, the 620R adheres to Caterham’s brand mantra of delivering 'accessible fun' and the traditional Caterham minimalistic, lightweight approach to the engineering of the car is ever-present.
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-inch 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.
While the launch edition of the Seven 620 features the sportier ‘R’ pack, a slightly less hardcore ‘S’ pack offers a little more accessibility will be launched later this year. Orders are now being taken with first deliveries expected later this year.
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