A step above the 102kW/163Nm 1.6-litre Supersport, the new Caterham 7 Supersport R receives a Caterham-developed 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine producing 132kW of power and 194Nm of torque.
The new powerplant is enough to shift the open-top 535kg superlight to 100km/h from rest in 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 209km/h.
The new engine, with its increased rev limit, is joined by a five-speed manual transmission, lightweight flywheel, limited slip differential and race-inspired suspension that includes Supersport dampers and race springs.
Inside, a bespoke Supersport steering wheel, integrated shift light, composite race seats and four-point race harnesses add to the circuit vibe, while super sticky Avon CR500 tyres wrapped around 15-inch wheels ensure the Caterham 7 Supersport R delivers on its promises.
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.”
Caterham Cars Australia’s Chris van Wyk told CarAdvice that while the Supersport R will only hit the streets of the UK, a track-only model tailored to an individual's requirements is possible for local clientele.
The Caterham 7 range of sports cars are based on the iconic Lotus 7 (Seven), a car first launched in 1957.
Last week it was announced that Caterham will partner with French car maker Renault in an alliance aimed at designing and building a new wave of affordable sports cars.