- Caterham rolls out yet another new Seven spin-off in the U.K. — the Supersport R.
- With power coming from a tweaked 2.0-liter Ford Duratec, the track-oriented Supersport R packs a hard-edged 180 horsepower.
- Available in the U.K. either fully assembled or for self-build, the Caterham Seven Supersport R starts at the U.S. equivalent of $44,329 for the fully built model.
CATERHAM, England — Another week, another new niche model edition of England's enduring Caterham Seven.
Enter the Supersport R, effectively a "bigger brother" version of Caterham's successful, track-based 1.6-liter Supersport.
Available in the U.K. either fully assembled or for self-build, the Caterham Seven Supersport R starts at the U.S. equivalent of $44,329 for the fully built model.
Those classic Seven looks are the same as ever, but ahead of the driver we now find the more potent, Caterham-developed Ford 2.0-liter Duratec unit tuned here for 180 horsepower, which gives it a useful performance edge over the 140-hp Supersport.
In this featherweight two-seater, which tips the scales at just 1,180 pounds, Caterham is quoting zero to 60 mph in a rapid 4.8 seconds and a 130 mph top-end speed.
The Supersport R also packs a stronger midrange than the 1.6 and comes with standard five-speed Caterham transmission and limited-slip differential.
However, you can upgrade to six speeds if you wish, and leather seats and a carbon dash are also on the lengthy options list.
With Supersport dampers and race springs coupled with sticky Avon CR500 tires also in the mix, the Supersport R is tightly focused for the track but also supple enough for the road, Caterham says.
You can save yourself the best part of $5,000 if you build the car yourself — another big part of the Seven cult appeal.
Edmunds says: Just about the only thing not to like about the Caterham Seven Supersport R is that it's not looking to land in the U.S. any time soon.