Caterham spots a gap, goes for it

We make it the 10th Caterham spun off the long-serving Seven. You'll be hard pressed to spot a missing niche within the Dartford firm's line-up, but it's found one and launched the Supersport R to cover it.

This installs the two-litre Ford Duratec engine in place of the 1.6-litre Sigma unit in the standard Supersport to create a faster version of what the firm describes as a 'track-oriented road car'.

The Supersport mini-range slots in above the Roadsport and below the frenetic Superlight R300 (or rather, replaces it. See below for the update), both of which are also offered with the two-litre engine.

Power from 182hp Ford 2.0-litre
Power from 182hp Ford 2.0-litre
In this guise it costs £27,995 fully built and makes 182hp - up 5hp on the other two-litre cars - to record a 4.8-second sprint to 60mph according to the firm.

Equipment includes a limited slip-diff, four-point race harnesses, composite seats, 'race dampers' and a push-button start. It also comes with the Supersport half doors and aero screen.

In a statement Caterham boss Graham Macdonald described it as "well-balanced, satisfying and fun in terms of the driving experience it offers". Although the same could be said of all Caterham's range.

The launch marks a welcome reminder after all the hoopla of the Renault link-up that Caterham is a supplier of bare-bones, lightweight machines fitting an original description of the term sports car.

Please, have fun playing around with Renault and Alpine in creating a new range, but we're sincerely looking forward to writing about the 21st version of a Caterham 'Seven' here in 2018.

Update: What Caterham neglected to tell us was that the new Supersport R actually replaces the Superlight R300.

According to Caterham's PR company: "You can technically still buy a Superlight R300, but they feel you'd be mad to given the Supersport R ticks the same boxes."

The Superlight R300 was more expensive as £30,995 built, but as someone below points out, the Supersport R doesn't get the six-speeder.


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Comments (56) Join the discussion on the forum

  • chris7676 16 Nov 2012

    What a gap?

    They have been making these cars for nearly centuries...

  • DonkeyApple 16 Nov 2012

    F.C. said:
    fk me I'll have a well specc'd s/h Bently Continental for that and it'll be quicker.

    (Thought I'd chime in on the pointless comparison bandwagon) wink

  • Spingo 15 Nov 2012

    Fishy Dave said:
    A 1400 Supersport should redline at 7600rpm, you may have a red shift light on the dash that lights about 7400rpm (it's the top light behind the steering wheel). If you are changing up early it may explain why the car is dropping out of the powerband. Worth getting a long first or the 6 speed box.
    Ah righty - thanks Fishy Dave. I always thought that red light meant something more serious? Is it really safe to rev the engine that high (with the correct oil etc)?

    I agree, a long first would be desirable and would probably suit my needs (& pocket) better than a 6 speed. I know the 6 speed has good reviews, but I'm not sure I personally could live with the 1:1 ratio in 6th - anyone out there in Berkshire with a 1.4 6 speed willing to demo to me?!! ;-)

  • Agent Orange 14 Nov 2012

    jason61c said:
    caterham fleecing customers again! Bet this cost them at least £1000 in development and biscuits.
    Where as a new M3, M5 costs xx million/billion dollars for basically the same as the previous package? biggrinwink

  • The Crack Fox 14 Nov 2012

    jason61c said:
    caterham fleecing customers again! Bet this cost them at least £1000 in development and biscuits.
    Who cares, they're really well finished and go like stink, you're only "fleeced" if you buy one and disagree wink

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