What’s a Caterham 620S then?
Caterham itself describes the Seven 620S as the ‘mildly saner’. more road-biased version of the swivel-eyed, track-focused 620R.
What do I need to know?
That ‘saner’ is a relative term. The 620S has the same Ford-sourced, 2.0-litre supercharged engine as the 620R, producing 310bhp. In a car weighing just 610kg that equates to 508bhp-per-tonne, not far off the power-to-weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron.
With so much power and so little weight, performance is up there with the supercar elite, the 0-60mph sprint passing in a “trouser-worrying” 3.4secs. Were it not for the brick-like aerodynamics, top speed would probably run quite a long way beyond the quoted 145mph.
So how, exactly, is the 620S ‘saner’? Well, the 620R’s racing sequential gearbox has been swapped for a normal five-speed manual, the wheels are bigger, the suspension softer and it’s available with the more accommodating S5 body. There are even such creatures comforts as a heater, windscreen and hood. The optional heated seats are positively extravagant in Caterham-land.
The Seven 620S is still, at heart, a bonkers, stripped-out racer, as evidenced by the gorgeous carbonfibre dashboard with its two rows of toggle switches.
We’ll leave the last to word Caterham Cars boss Graham Macdonald, who said: “When we launched the 620R, we knew that we were unleashing a beast upon the world. It’s never been one for the faint-hearted and should really come with its own health warning.
“But we are, of course, sensitive also to those customers who want the ridiculous performance stats without having to worry about donning race overalls to access them. The new options mean that customers who want the best of both worlds can have exactly that, whether their aim is to pound around the race tracks of the UK or take a Sunday drive, albeit a deliriously exciting one.”
How much does it cost?
Prices start at £44,995, fully-built.
When can I buy one?
Right now. If you’re brave enough.
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By Only Motors