Caterham 620R officially revealed

2013 Caterham 620R
2013 Caterham 620R

Replaces range-topping R500

Caterham has revealed the 620R which will serve as a replacement for the range-topping R500 model.

Set to make its public debut this weekend at Goodwood Festival of Speed, the 620R is powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine tweaked to output 311 bhp (232 kW) at 7,700 rpm and 219 lb-ft (296 Nm) of torque at 7,350 rpm. This setup will enable the 620R to complete the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) run in 2.79 seconds.

It comes with a gunmetal chassis and a race-spec cooling system, together with a new nose cone modified to improve airflow. The Caterham 620R has a De Dion rear suspension and sits on 13-inch alloys shod in Avon ZZR tires. On the inside it has gained "performance-focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear", along with a Q/R race-spec steering wheel, race seats and carbon fiber interior panels.

It will go on sale later this year at a starting price of 49,995 GBP (58,000 EUR / 74,600 USD) which makes it 7,500 GBP (8,700 EUR / 11,200 USD) more expensive than the outgoing R500.

Source: Caterham
Published Jul 9th, 2013 11:00am By Adrian Padeanu
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  • Caterham Seven 620R packs a 310bhp punch
  • Supercharged sportscar will do 0-60mph in under 2.8s
  • New range-topper deposes legendary R500
  • Global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Caterham Cars will launch its most extreme Seven to date at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (July 12-14).

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 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 later this year.

Orders are now being taken for the Caterham Seven 620R, with first deliveries expected later this year.

Caterham Seven 620R

Engine 2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)
Max Power (bhp/rpm)          311bhp @ 7,700rpm 
Max Torque (lbs ft/rpm)             219lbsft @ 7,350rpm 
Weight   TBC
0-60mph                                   2.79 seconds
Power-to-weight                         TBC
Top Speed                                155mph

Caterham Seven 620R Specification

Standard equipment

  • 2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)
  • 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

Front:   Adjustable double wishbone with roll bar 
Rear:    De Dion axle located by lower A-frame and Watts linkage

Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear

Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock  

Wheels and Tyres
Front 6J x 13” AVON ZZR
Rear 8J x 13” AVON ZZR

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Comments (7)

hajimekishi hajimekishi
range topping? what happened with the v8 version from a few years ago??
Jul 9th, 2013 3:20pm
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adrian.padeanu adrian.padeanu
The RST-V8 was a limited edition. It's not on sale anymore.
Jul 9th, 2013 3:33pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Getting 311hp from a turbocharged 2 litre engine is impressive, but from a naturally aspirated unit is staggering! I can imagine this being an absolute riot to drive.
Jul 9th, 2013 11:47am
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desf desf
I believe it's supercharged, not n/a.
Jul 9th, 2013 12:44pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
My bad, the low torque figure made me think it was n/a.
Jul 9th, 2013 2:14pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
I also believe is turbocharged... but 300hp from a 2.0 achievable, but 300NM of torque from a 2.0l NA is almost impossible
Jul 9th, 2013 10:25pm
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adrian.padeanu adrian.padeanu
It's supercharged. From press release: "A newly-engineered, two-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine".
Jul 9th, 2013 10:41pm
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