posted 9 years ago

New Caterham R500

New Caterham R500 - from £36,995

New Caterham R500

Caterham is re-launching the super car-slaying R500 moniker with the arrival of an all-new Caterham Seven Superlight R500. Boasting more power and sharper handling from the lightweight Seven it comes with the option of launch control and Caterham Motorsport engineered sequential gearbox for those who may venture onto a track. It weighs just 506kg, but produces 263bhp, from its 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine, making it the quickest race-tuned Seven yet. The Series 3 chassis flagship model blasts out 520bhp-per-tonne and is capable of propelling itself from 0-60mph in 2.88 seconds. To keep weight down, Caterham used more Kevlar and Carbon than previously, thinner body panels and aluminium rear light housings, allowing them to shed 9kg from the already light R400 chassis. It also features keyless ignition, a quick-release Momo steering wheel with integrated indicator switches and an innovative dashboard featuring flush fitted switchgear, ACES sequential gear change lights and a new Stack display with scrolling text. The carbon dash is also finished with a detailed engraved plaque to show each car's number plate. Prices for the Superlight R500 start from £36,995.