Caterham 620R slays Volkswagen Golf GTI – Caterham’s fastest ever road car tested
So this is the new Caterham Seven 620R. It
costs £50,000. It’s got 311 horsepower and like most sevens, it weighs not a lot more
than half a ton. That gives it 600-odd horsepower per ton.
And let me tell you, that feels crackers. Oh, it’s just nuts driving this car. You get
flies in your teeth. You get stones in your forehead. You cannot hear a thing because
of this exhaust pipe that sits here. But I don’t care about any of that because it’s
absolutely raving wonderful. There’s a sequential gearbox so flat shifts
on the way up, and they say you don’t even need to use the clutch on the way down, although
you can use the clutch. It stops on a sixpence. And it goes around
corners just like the world’s most fantastic highly powered unhinged go-cart. Oh, look at this. [laughter] You really do have to recalibrate your brain
when you drive a car like this. The acceleration is so intense. I mean. We’ll show you in a
bit what this thing can do to a Golf GTI in a straight line. But yeah, I mean, 911 turbos, Aventadors,
you name it. Anything thing this side of a Veyron would not see which way this thing
had gone up to about 90, 100 miles an hour. Caterham claims that the 0 to 60 time in this
thing is either 2.8 or 2.7 seconds, which is very, very, very fast considering it’s
rear wheel drive. This is what that looks like. And it will do 60 in first gear. For a certain type of person who, let’s face
it, has rather a lot of money to spend on a toy, there’s nothing quite like this. It’s
fantastically unhinged. And if you can afford one, do. No other car
in the world is like this. Okay, so you want to know just how fast the
new supercharged 620R really is. Well, the Golf GTI gets a two second head start here.
But by the time it reaches 70 miles an hour, the Caterham, as you can see, is all over
it and it goes past doing about 110. And the
new GTI, remember, is not slow. The Caterham 620R. What a weapon.