Caterham, makers of the current iteration of the legendary Lotus Seven two seater (and future collaborators with Renault to create the new Alpine), has unveiled the latest addition to the Seven lineup the Caterham SuperSport R which promises to inject even more performance into the Seven family.
The R variant of the Seven separates itself from lesser 1.6 liter powered Seven’s thanks to the use of a brand new Ford-sourced 2.0 liter four cylinder Duratec engine. Good for 180 horsepower and 143 lb-ft of torque, The new engine (along with the car’s light 1,179 pound curb weight) allows the SuperSport R make the dash from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds before topping out at a top speed of 130 miles per hour. This makes the new model slightly faster than the standard Seven. All of this newfound muscle is channeled through 5-five speed manual transmission, which transmits power to the rear wheels through a limited slip differential.
To create a more thrilling driving experience for SuperSport R owners, Caterham engineers have equipped the new model with a specialized race suspension, including race specific springs and shock absorbers to enhance handling dynamics along with the sticky Avon CR500 tires. The interior of the SuperSport R has also been tweaked and now features bucket seats constructed out of carbon composite, and two four-point racing harnesses to keep the driver and a close friend firmly in place during spirited driving both on the road and on the race track.
Interested in putting a Caterham SuperSport R in your garage? The model is currently available for ordering in Europe and has a base price of £24,995 ($40,000) when purchased as a kit or a slightly higher £27,995 ($45,000) for a model fully built at the factory. Optional equipment for the SuperSport R is minimal, but features such as a battery cutoff switch, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a wide body version of the chassis. The new model and its optional pieces should please Seven buyers looking for more performance from their purchase.