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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible

Caterham has always made vehicles for the track more than for the pleasure of driving on public roads.

The Supersport takes it to another level, though. And the Superlight R400 was, basically, a kit-car provided in a crate for someone to assembly it. It didn't last long until the British company started to assemble them and sell them as complete vehicles.

The Superlight vehicle was provided as a short wheelbase (SR) or long wheelbase (SV) chassis base, providing more room for the passengers and their luggage. That if someone would be crazy enough to travel long distances in a car that has harsh suspension, crisp acceleration and having absolutely no soundproofing.

The Superlight name came from the extensive use of carbon fiber on the dashboard and front wings, GRP aeroscreen and seats racing harness and a removable steering wheel. Of course, no airbag was installed.

All Superlight models come with a 2.0 liters Ford Duratec engine with different power outputs. The R400 has 210 hp and the R500 has 263 hp. A sequential six-speed gearbox was available as an option. The R500 with that gearbox was timed on a 0 to 60 mph (0-96 kph) sprint in 2.88 seconds. The maximum speed was 150 mph (240 kph). A detuned version, called the R300, used the 177 hp version, which was called Supersport R.


In October 2012 a supercharged model called “R600” for a race-series above the R300-class was released, including slick tires and a sequential gearbox as standard.

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CATERHAM Superlight 2013 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • R400 2.0 Duratec (213 HP)
  • R500 2.0 Duratec (266 HP)

CATERHAM Superlight R400 2.0 Duratec (213 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  R400 2.0 Duratec (213 HP)
Cylinders
4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
157 KW @ 7600 RPM
213 HP @ 7600 RPM
211 BHP @ 7600 RPM
Torque
150 lb-ft @ 6300 RPM
203 Nm @ 6300 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
136 mph (219 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1135 lbs (515 kg)

CATERHAM Superlight R500 2.0 Duratec (266 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  R500 2.0 Duratec (266 HP)
Cylinders
4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
196 KW @ 8500 RPM
267 HP @ 8500 RPM
263 BHP @ 8500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 7200 RPM
240 Nm @ 7200 RPM
Fuel System
Direct injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
148 mph (238 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated discs
Rear
Discs
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1168 lbs (530 kg)
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