Caterham introduces hotter Supersport R

Caterham Supersport R 09.11.2012
Caterham Supersport R 09.11.2012

Starts at 24,995 GBP

Caterham has introduced their new Supersport R.

Based on the standard Supersport, the R variant features a limited slip differential, Avon CR500 tires and a track-oriented suspension with race springs and sporty dampers. There's also a bespoke steering wheel, a gear-shift indicator and composite race seats with four-point harnesses.

Power is provided by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine that produces 180 bhp (134 kW) and 143 lb-ft (194 Nm) of torque - 40 bhp (30 kW) and 23 lb-ft (31 Nm) more than the Supersport. It is connected to a five-speed manual transmission which enables the 535 kg (1,179 lb) sports car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

According to Caterham Chief Executive Graham Macdonald, "The Supersport’s formula has struck a chord with driving enthusiasts and we are confident that, by extending the range to include an R model, we will be able to build on the original’s success."

Kit pricing starts at £24,995, while fully-built models retail for £27,995.

Source: Caterham


Caterham has added to its iconic range of Sevens, giving the acclaimed Supersport a steroid-induced brother – the two-litre Supersport R, which packs 180bhp and track-bred dynamics.

Like the standard Supersport, the new edition has many circuit-orientated performance essentials, but gains a bigger engine and a five-speed gearbox to boost outright performance significantly.

Designed to sit immediately above its 1.6-litre sibling in the Seven range, the new adaptation’s 2-litre Ford Duratec engine has proven its durability and performance on the track, having been developed during three years in Caterham’s R300 race championship.

Competitively priced at £24,995 (incl tax) in self-build form or £27,995 fully-built, the new model benefits particularly in mid-range ‘punch’ and features a 25% power increase on the Supersport, as well as 5bhp more than the R300 road car.

Caterham Cars announced a bold new joint venture engineering partnership this week with Renault, which will result in a range of brand new vehicles, starting with an ambitious ‘everyday’ sportscar that will deliver the brand’s ‘accessible fun’ philosophy to new markets. But the Supersport R shows the firm’s continuing commitment to develop the iconic Seven, which it has been engineering and building for nearly 40 years.

Caterham Cars’ Chief Executive, Graham Macdonald, said: “The Supersport’s formula has struck a chord with driving enthusiasts and we are confident that, by extending the range to include an R model, we will be able to build on the original’s success.

“The performance of the car is very impressive but, teamed with the accessibility of the suspension specification that works so effortlessly on the road and track on the base model, it is well-balanced, satisfying and fun in terms of the driving experience it offers.”

The front-mounted Caterham-developed Ford Duratec engine pairs up with a limited-slip differential to further enhance its performance credentials.

Meanwhile, grippy Avon CR500 tyres, Supersport dampers and race springs ensure the car’s handling is highly-focussed but still supple enough for the road.

Weighing just 535kg, the new vehicle extends the Supersport line, which already includes road and track versions of the 1.6-litre model.

Inside the cabin, a bespoke Supersport steering wheel, integrated change-up light, composite race seats and four-point race harnesses complete the track-inspired experience. Naturally, an aero screen comes as standard.

The Supersport R’s DNA stems from the Caterham Supersport Championship, which is the fourth rung of its motorsport ‘ladder’ and is Caterham’s fastest-growing series.

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slim slim
With 140hp its a supersport, and now with a power boost to 180hp it becomes the SuperSport R....yawn. Give me a break. Put a real motor in here. How about a VW 2.0T as the base motor, and a Evo or WRX STi motor as the SS type R motor. The Ariel Atom or KTM XBow will eat this thing alive. Besides it looks outdated, kinda like a Flintstones car without the canopy roof. I have a suggestion..how about some seriously aggressive bodywork for the high performance Supersport R model? Maybe raw carbon fiber on the body in place of all the orange, and only orange on the engine cover, roll cage, and calipers. I would also do a major staggering on the wheels like 17x7 up front and 20x10 out back (think Plymouth Prowler) for a meaner stance. As is, I dont think this is sporty or intimidating at all. When I get up close to a T-Rex I know its all about speed and power, I have a respect for it. This Caterham with a Ford 4cylinder engine does nothing for me.
Nov 11th, 2012 8:43pm
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@slim, you are aware that Caterham offers higher spec 7s than the Supersport R right? The Caterham 7 CSR260 for example, its powered by a 260hp 2.3 liter Cosworth Duratec engine. 0-60mph in 3.1sec. http://www.caterham.co.uk/assets/html/showroom/csr.html
Nov 11th, 2012 8:58pm
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They need to buy ford's EcoBoost 2.0 with 240 hp, that would be insane
Nov 9th, 2012 6:30pm
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