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Caterham Supersport R Adds More Power To Its Lightness

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Caterham's Lotus Seven-styled cars are famous for their uncompromising continuation of the original's legacy, while mixing in some of the best of modern powertrain and other technology. Today, the company's enthusiast cred grows a stronger still, with the introduction of the Supersport R.

A more focused, more powerful version of the already edgy Supersport, the Supersport R gets a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec engine rated at 180 horsepower. That's 40 more horsepower than you'll find in the standard Supersport, and with just 1,180 pounds at the curb, it's just a touch behind to a Corvette Z06 in power-to-weight. Grippy Avon tires and a limited slip differential ensure the lightweight Supersport R will be able to make use of its trim-but-potent platform.

If you're lucky enough to live in the Caterham's home market of England, you'll be able to buy the car for just £24,995 ($39,700) in self-build kit form or £27,995 ($44,500) for the turn-key model. Here in the U.S., you'll probably need to contact a dealer or importer.

Lest you think this is the most insane thing Caterham can get up to, let us remind you of the 500-horsepower RS Levante and the 263-horsepower R500 Superlight.

As with any Caterham, only the truly dedicated (or slightly mad) need apply.
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