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
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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Caterham haven't slotted the R below the R300 have they? They've replaced it with the R surely? The R300 is no longer available according to their website.
Edited by Agent Orange on Monday 12th November 13:51
Ozzie Osmond12 Nov 2012
More special editions than even Lotus!
Pugsey12 Nov 2012
I'm confused (easily done I'll admit). +5bhp more than the R300 and what looks to be approx the same starting price doesn't compute to be slotted in below it (the R300).I always thought the R300 was the least 'frenetic' of the 'R' Caterhams too.