By Ronan Glon
Sunday, Nov 11th, 2012 @ 4:54 pm
 

Caterham has unveiled the track-inspired Supersport R, a minimalist open-top two-seater that is an evolution of the iconic Lotus Seven.

The R stands apart from the regular Supersport model thanks to its Ford-sourced 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Linked to a five-speed manual transmission, it sends 180 horsepower and 143 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential.

The increase in power enables the 1,179-pound Supersport R to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph, making it ever so slightly quicker than the Supersport.

To create a livelier driving experience both on and off the track, Caterham has fitted the car with a race-inspired suspension that includes specific springs and shock absorbers.

On the inside, the Supersport R comes with bucket seats made out of carbon composite and two four-point racing harnesses.

Available now throughout Europe, the latest member of the Caterham lineup carries a base price of £24,995 (about $40,000) in kit form or £27,995 (roughly $45,000) when fully-built. The list of options includes a battery cut-off switch, a six-speed manual gearbox and a wide body chassis.