Caterham Seven 620R: outrageous performance
Caterham Seven 620R
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14th July, 2013
- Caterham Seven 620R packs a 310bhp punch
- Supercharged sports car will do 0-60mph in 2.8s
- New range-topper deposes legendary R500
- Global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Caterham Cars launched its most extreme Seven to date at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend (12th-14th
As the lightweight sports car manufacturer celebrates 40 years of developing and building the Seven, Caterham is
re-inventing the already enviable parameters of its iconic model, with the Seven 620R setting a new benchmark in
A newly-engineered, two-litre supercharged Ford Duratec engine pumps out 310bhp, providing even more of a kick in the
back for the occupant/s and propelling the Seven 620R from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds.
Caterham F1 Team driver Charles Pic will drive the 620R up the famous Goodwood hill at the Festival of Speed, as will
Caterham F1 Team reserve driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver, Alexander Rossi.
A static version of the new car will also feature on Caterham’s Festival of Speed stand, along with other performance
vehicles from across the Caterham Group.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “The 620R is the most hardcore production Seven ever built for the
“The R500 claimed its place in motoring history as a benchmark for lightweight sports car performance but this new
vehicle pushes the boundaries even further.
“While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this car for those inexperienced in driving Caterhams, we always ensure
that even our fastest cars retain the manageable delivery of power that makes them accessible, despite the daunting
The 620R is diametrically opposed to the new ultra-efficient, affordable entry-level Seven that will sit at the
opposite end of the range when Caterham unveils it later this year.
Like all Sevens, the 620R adheres to Caterham’s brand mantra of delivering ‘accessible fun’ and the traditional
Caterham minimalistic, lightweight approach to the engineering of the car is ever-present.
As well as producing more horsepower and torque than any previous version of the Seven, the 620R also benefits from
several other new enhancements.
The car features a unique gunmetal chassis, an air-flow optimised nose cone and a race-developed cooling package. De
Dion rear suspension and wide track front suspension units are complemented by high-performance dampers all round, while
the car sits on lightweight, 13” alloy wheels fitted with track-inspired Avon ZZR tyres.
In the cockpit, there are more noticeable improvements, with features including performance-focused instrumentation
and ergonomic switchgear.
Meanwhile, carbon fibre interior panels and dash plus carbon fibre race seats and a Q/R race steering wheel complete
the sports feel to the interior.
“The Seven 620R is an extreme piece of kit,” concludes Macdonald. “We know there is demand for cars that
re-write the rules of performance and, if you’re brave enough to take it on, the 620R will be an enormously rewarding,
fun car to pilot.”
While the launch edition of the Seven 620 features the sportier ‘R’ pack, a slightly less hardcore ‘S’ pack, which
harnesses all the power of the original but offers a little more accessibility will be launched later this year.
UK deliveries of the new model are expected to begin later this year.
Caterham Seven 620R
||2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)|
|Max Power (bhp/rpm)
||311bhp @ 7,700rpm|
|Max Torque (lbs ft/rpm)
||219lbsft @ 7,350rpm|
Caterham Seven 620R Specification
- 2.0-litre Ford Duratec (supercharged)
- 6-speed sequential transmission with flat-shift
- Limited slip differential
- Unique gunmetal chassis
- Carbon-fibre front guards
- Air flow optimised nose cone
- Race developed cooling package
- De-Dion rear suspension with high performance dampers
- Wide track front suspension with high performance dampers
- Ventilated front discs and quad piston callipers
- Carbon-fibre interior panels and dash
- Carbon-fibre race seats
- Lightweight 13” alloy wheels with Avon ZZR tyres; 185/55R13 front and 215/55R13 rear
- 4 point race harness
- Q/R Race steering wheel
- High performance focused instrumentation and ergonomic switchgear
- Toggle switch ignition
- Sequential shift lights
- Carbon aero screen
- Black pack
Front: Adjustable double wishbone with roll bar
Rear: De Dion axle located by lower A-frame and Watts linkage
Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear
Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock
Wheels and Tyres
Front: 6J x 13” AVON ZZR - Rear: 8J x 13” AVON ZZR