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The Latest Addition to the Legendary Caterham Seven Series

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Based in Sussex, England, Caterham Cars was founded in 1973. Not coincidentally, this was the same year the company purchased the rights to the (then Lotus) Seven. The company was established for the specific purpose of creating lightweight, high performance sports cars. The company specializes in manufacturing Formula 1 vehicles, so acceleration and speed are often the focus of Caterham’s cars. This is especially true of the Caterham Seven.

2015 Caterham Seven 620R

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Caterham Seven 620-R Features

Weighing just 1,135 pounds, the Caterham Seven 620-R is an extremely lightweight sports car. The Caterham Seven was first produced in 1973, though it is essentially a mildly modified version of the Lotus Seven. The Lotus Seven was produced by English automotive manufacturer Lotus Cars from the mid 1950s through the early 1970s when the rights to the vehicle were purchased by fellow English manufacturers Caterham.

The 2015 Caterham Seven 620 is a roadster that is capable of putting up performance numbers that surpass the potential of nearly every other Caterham vehicle produced in the company’s 40+ year existence. The 620-R has a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds, an impressive statistic to say the least. The car’s top speed is 155 miles per hour, which is rather impressive considering the car’s 2 liter engine. The Ford Duratec engine is small, lightweight, and extremely powerful for its size.

Caterham Seven 620R engine

Caterham Seven 620-R Performance

The Ford Duratec inline 4 cylinder engine used in the Caterham Seven 620-R produces over 300 horsepower (311 hp to be exact) and over 200 ft-lbs of torque (the exact number given by Caterham is 219). These numbers may not be mind blowing, but keep in mind this car weighs 1,135 pounds, making it one of the lightest street legal cars on Earth.

The lightweightedness of the cars made by Caterham, combined with careful design and weight distribution, allow the company’s cars to perform extremely well in terms of speed and acceleration, though the newer models to come out of Caterham’s Sussex headquarters are proving that the company is capable of producing vehicles that can hold their own in terms of power as well.

Caterham Seven 620R

The chassis of the Caterham Seven 620-R is notable in that it is extremely minimal. In fact, the better word may be “skeletal”. Caterham’s signature open, doorless chassis is utilized to great effect on the newer roadsters the 620-R and the R600. Both of these cars have 0-60 times that are below 3 seconds. While Caterham’s style may be rather singular (one dimensional, even), they have a specific goal in mind and are experts when it comes to achieving that goal.