Caterham Seven 620R
The Caterham Seven 620R is the most powerful Seven currently on sale, taking the crown away from the hair-raising R500.
The 620R comes with a supercharged 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine with 310bhp, which Caterham claims can propel the car from 0-60mph in under 2.8 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155mph. The 620R was shown at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the price is set at £49,995 for a fully-built car.
A unique gunmetal chassis will be the backbone of the 620R, which will ride on: De Dion rear suspension, wide track front suspension, high performance dampers, 13-inch alloy wheels, and Avon ZZR tyres. The car will also have a race-developed cooling package.
There will be two versions of the 620R, the ‘R’ and ‘S’. The ‘R’ is the launch version while the ‘S’ will be a less hardcore version of the 620R (to be launched later this year). Order books are now open, with deliveries expected to begin towards the end of this year.
Peugeot RCZ R
The RCZ R is the most powerful car made by Peugeot, shown at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of speed but expected for a formal reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.
The RCZ R is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine with 270bhp and 330Nm of torque, enabling it to get from 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 155mph. The RCZ R also comes equipped with a Torsen differential, and its suspension has been lowered by 10mm.
At 1280kg it is 17kg lighter than the RCZ THP 200, and can be visually identified by its 19-inch wheels with ‘R’ monograms, two-tone paint scheme, as well as fixed rear spoiler.
Peugeot is claiming a 44.8mpg fuel consumption figure on the combined drive cycle, and 145g/km of CO2 emissions. More information on pricing will be made available as it nears its Frankfurt debut, but it is expected to go on sale early in 2014.