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.