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2012-11-12 12:17

SUPER UPGRADES MADE: The new-edition Supersport R is available as either self-build form or fully built, costs varying of course.

A new two-litre Supersport R has been added to Caterham’s iconic range of Sevens.

The vehicle, designed to sit immediately above its 1.6-litre sibling in the Seven range, has been developed over three years in Caterham’s R300 race championship.

Compared to the standard Supersport, the new edition has circuit-oriented performance essentials, but gains a bigger, 134-kW front-mounted, Caterham-developed Ford Duratec engine and a five-speed manual gearbox to boost performance.

ICONIC RANGE

Priced at an equivalent of about R345 000 in self-build form or R387 000 fully-built.

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.

“The performance of the car is very impressive but, teamed with the accessibility of the suspension specification that works so effortlessly on the road and track on the base model, it is well-balanced, satisfying and fun in terms of the driving experience it offers.”   

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

The Supersport R's track-bred dynamics is an upgrade from the original Supersport and backed up by a limited-slip differential to enhance its performance credentials.

Meanwhile, grippy Avon CR500 tyres, Supersport dampers and race springs ensure the car’s handling is highly-focused but still supple enough for the road.   

Inside the cabin, a bespoke steering wheel, integrated change-up light, composite race seats and four-point race harnesses complete the track-inspired experience. An aero screen comes as standard.

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