What's Better Than A More Road-Friendly Version Of A Track-Oriented Machine?

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Only Caterham would make something this good.

When it comes to getting a raw, track-focused machine, few automakers have the same pedigree as Caterham. Based off of the already incredible Caterham 620R, the new 620S is a softer version of the more potent sports car. Oomph comes from the same supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the 620R that generates 310 hp and 219 lb-ft of torque. With its minuscule weight of just 1,350 lbs, the 620S can get to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and can sprint all the way to 145 mph.

Unlike the 620R's sequential transmission, the 620S is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission for a purer ride. While the 620S may have the same motor out of the 620R, the road-ready sports car has a model-specific suspension that makes the vehicle usable on the road. However, enthusiasts looking for the ability to tackle the track with the same ferocity as the 620R can fit the 620S with the same suspension setup as the more track-oriented variant. Caterham may focus on creating track vehicles, but the 620S comes with a host of comfort features that include a full windshield, a heater and leather-upholstered seats.

The 620S can also be fitted with a wide chassis to create more space in the cockpit and a larger gas tank. Other features include a tonneau cover, a quick-release steering wheel, heated seats and carbon fiber fenders. This kind of performance isn't exactly cheap as British enthusiasts will have to form up roughly $64,000 for the 620S.

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