Caterham debuts the Seven 620R ahead of 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Christian A., on July 9, 2013

Caterham unveiled ahead of 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed its most extreme Seven to date, the 620R. According to the official press release, the new Caterham Seven 620R is powered by a newly-engineered 2.0-liter Duratec engine made by Ford, which delivers 310 hp and 219 lb-ft of torque. As a result, the new Seven 620R zooms from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.79 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h.

Besides the improved engine, the new Caterham 620R features other enhancements such as a unique gunmetal chassis, an air-flow optimised nose cone and a race-developed cooling package. Moreover, we find De Dion rear suspension and wide track front suspension units complemented by high-performance dampers all round, and 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped in track-inspired Avon ZZR tyres.

The interior shows more improvements as we find performance-focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear, but also carbon fiber interior panels and dash plus carbon fibre race seats and a Q/R race steering wheel.

The launch edition of the Seven 620 features the sportier ‘R’ pack, but Caterham will also offer a slightly less hardcore ‘S’ pack, which harnesses all the power of the original but offers a little more accessibility. The Caterham Seven 620S will be launched later this year. The Caterham Seven 620R starts at £49,995 (incl VAT) fully built.

Graham Macdonald, chief executive of Caterham Cars, called the 620R as the most hardcore production Seven built for the road so far. He noted that while the R500 used to be a benchmark for lightweight sports car performance, the new 620R goes beyond what its predecessor was able to achieve.

He quipped that while Seven 620R wouldn’t be necessarily recommendable for people who have no experience in driving Caterham cars, the carmaker is guaranteeing that even its fastest offering remains accessible as they still could manageably deliver even the most daunting power.

New Seven 620R will essentially sit atop Caterham’s offerings when it is unveiled in Autumn this year – the polar opposite of the new entry-level Seven. However, like all Sevens, the 620R follows Caterham’s philosophy of offering 'accessible fun' through a minimalistic, lightweight engineering approach.

Aside from delivering significantly more power output and torque than any previous Seven, the new 620R is developed and engineered to offer a lot more. For instance, it sits on a distinct gunmetal chassis, and an air-flow optimized nose cone. Boasting of a race-developed cooling package, new 620R rides on wide track suspension on the front and De Dion suspension on the rear, both of which are complemented by high-performance dampers. Its lightweight, 13-inch alloy wheels roll on track-inspired Avon ZZR tyres.

Meanwhile, the cockpit of the new Seven 620R sports performance-focused instrumentation as well as ergonomic switchgear. Its sporty interior is marked by the presence of a Q/R race steering wheel and carbon fiber race seats, as well as carbon fiber interior panels and dashboard.

Macdonald dubbed the new Seven 620R as an extreme piece of kit that would answer to the demand for cars that could rewrite the rules of performance, adding that Caterham’s latest offering should be rewarding and fun to drive.

Press Release

Caterham Seven 620R

Caterham Cars will launch its most extreme Seven to date at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As the lightweight sportscar manufacturer celebrates 40 years of developing and building the Seven, Caterham is re-inventing the already enviable parameters of its iconic model, with the Seven 620R setting a new benchmark in outrageous performance.

A newly-engineered, two-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine pumps out 310bhp, providing even more of a kick in the back for the driver and propelling the Seven 620R from 0-60mph in under 2.8 seconds.

Priced at £49,995 (incl VAT) fully built, such extreme performance, pushing on to a top speed of 155mph, will put the 620R at the top of the current range, replacing the legendary Superlight R500.

Caterham F1 Team driver Charles Pic will drive the 620R up the famous Goodwood hill at the 2013 Festival of Speed, as will Caterham F1 Team reserve driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver, Alexander Rossi.

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.

"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."

The 620R is diametrically opposed to the new ultra-efficient, affordable entry-level Seven that will sit at the opposite end of the range when Caterham unveils it in Autumn 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.

As well as producing more horsepower and torque than any previous incarnation of the Seven, the 620R also benefits from several other new 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.

"The Seven 620R is an extreme piece of kit," concludes Macdonald. "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 620R will be an enormously rewarding, fun car to pilot."

While the launch edition of the Seven 620 features the sportier 'R' pack, a slightly less hardcore 'S' pack, which harnesses all the power of the original but offers a little more accessibility will be launched in late 2013.

Caterham Seven 620R Specification

Suspension
Front: Adjustable double wishbone with roll bar
Rear: De Dion axle located by lower A-frame and Watts linkage
Brakes: Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear
Steering: Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock
Wheels and Tyres
Front: 6J x 13" AVON ZZR
Rear: 8J x 13" AVON ZZR
Engine: 2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)
Max Power: 311 bhp @ 7,700rpm
Max Torque: 219 lbs ft @ 7,350rpm
0-60mph: 2.79 seconds
Top Speed: 155mph
Standard equipment

6-speed sequential transmission with flat-shift
Limited slip differential
Unique gunmetal chassis
Carbon-fibre wings
Air flow optimized nose cone
Race developed cooling package
De-Dion rear suspension with high performance dampers
Wide track front suspension with high performance dampers
Ventilated front discs and quad piston calipers
Carbon-fibre interior panels and dash
Carbon-fibre race seats
Lightweight 13" alloy wheels with Avon ZZR tyres; 185/55R13 front and 215/55R13 rear
4 point race harness
Q/R Race steering wheel
High performance focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear
Toggle switch ignition
Immobiliser
Sequential shift lights
Carbon aero screen
Black pack

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