9 de julho de 2013

Caterham replaces the R500 with the Seven 620R

The most powerful model of the English brand has a replacement, and it's called 620R. Caterham will have the public reveal in a few days at the Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate 40 years of developing and building the Seven, an iconic lightweight sportscar, which has become one of the fastest accelerating cars in the world.

The 2.0-liter Ford Duratec supercharged engine generates 315PS (311bhp or 232kW) @7700rpm and 297Nm (219lb/ft) of torque @7350rpm. The Seven 620R weighs only 545kg (1202lbs), which combined with the Ford engine, allows it to take just 2.79 seconds to reach 97km/h (60mph) from standstill, and have a top speed of 250km/h (155mph).

Helping the engine distribute the power to the wheels is a 6-speed sequential transmission with flat-shift and a limited slip differential. Other changes include an optimized nose cone, De-Dion rear suspension, 13-inch alloy wheels with Avon ZZR tyres and ventilated front discs with quad piston calipers. The help reduce weight, Caterham also added a lot of carbon fiber to the car.

Sales start closer to the end of the year, with a price of €59,250 (£49,995 or $75,950).

Source: Caterham