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Performance Review: Caterham 7 485 2.0L - [2013]

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Caterham 7 485 2.0L - [2013]

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Figures & Specs Summary:

  • Year: 2013 | Type: Coupe
  • Engine: 1999 cc (121.9 ci) 16 Valve
  • Engine Formation: St4
  • Aspiration: Naturally Aspirated
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Transmission: 6 speed / Manual
  • Top Speed: 140 mph (225.3 kph)
  • 0-60 mph (96.6 kph): 3.3 secs
  • 0-100 kph (0-62 mph): 3.4 secs
  • 0-100 mph (160.9 kph): 0.0 secs
  • Power: 237 bhp (176 kW) @ 8500 rpm
  • Kerbweight: 525 kgs (1157 lbs)
  • Torque: 152 lb-ft (206.0 Nm) @ 6300 rpm
  • Drive: RWD | Engine Location: Front
  • 1/4 Mile (Est.): 10.96 secs @ 124.8 mph
  • BHP Per Ton: 451.4 bhp
  • Torque Per Ton: 289.5 lb-ft
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Caterham 7 Performance Review.

Introduction:

This edition of the Caterham 7 485 2.0L is the 6 speed / Manual version and was first brought out in 2013. This was at around the same time as the introduction of the 2014 Tesla Model S P100D Ludicrous Performance and the 2014 Koenigsegg One 1 5.1 V8 Twin Turbo.This particular Caterham 7 has a 1999cc Naturally Aspirated Petrol powerplant with 4 cylinders in a St formation.

Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged - [2013] image

Alternative Petrol St4's includes the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged

The 7 shares its Petrol St4 engine configuration with the likes of the 2013 Caterham 7 620 R 2.0 L Supercharged and the 2011 BAC Mono 280bhp. If you're looking for other fast cars which share the 7's Rear Wheel Drive, Coupe combination then how about the 1982 Fiat X1/9 1.5 8V or the 1965 Aston-Martin DB6 1965.

Power and Weight:

Weighing in at 525 kgs (1157 lbs) this makes the Caterham 7 485 2.0L in the same weight category as the 2012 Ariel Atom Mugen or the give or take 50kg.

Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged - [2020] image

The Caterham 7 shares the same bhp with the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (243 bhp)

In terms of power the 1999cc 16V St4 engine produces 237 bhp (176 kW) @ 8500 rpm similar to the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (243 bhp) or the 2020 Audi TT S Turbo 50 TFSI (225 bhp).

The Naturally Aspirated St4 throws out 152 lb-ft (206.0 Nm) @ 6300 rpm placing it with cars of similar torque performance figures such as the 2018 Abarth 595 Turismo 1.4 Turbo (170 lb-ft) or the 2018 Abarth 695 XSR Yamaha Automated (170 lb-ft).

Power to Weight:

If one combines the weight with power or torque performance for the Caterham 7 you can get a better idea of it's real world performance.

Ferrari Enzo 6.0 V12 - [2002] image

The 2002 Ferrari Enzo 6.0 V12 (476.1 bhp per ton) has similar Bhp Per Ton stats as the Caterham 7.

The Caterham 7 has a Power to weight ratio of 451.4 bhp per ton and 289.5 lb-ft per ton. Bhp Per Ton figures of the 2013 7 competing with the 2002 Ferrari Enzo 6.0 V12 (476.1 bhp per ton) or the 2018 McLaren 600LT 3.8 V8 Bi-Turbo (474.7 bhp per ton).


Power to Weight(cont.):

If you agree with the late great Carroll Shelby then arguably an even better indicator of potential performance, Torque. Use weight as well and you end up with - Torque per ton, with the Caterham 7 generating around 289.5 lb-ft per ton. If you're curious as to what other cars have as much torque to weight then look no further than the 2021 Aston-Martin Speedster 5.2 V12 Twin Turbo (314.4 lb-ft per ton) or the 1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2 Stingray 427 425hp (314.4 lb-ft per ton).

Acceleration:

With a 0-60mph time of 3.3 secs or a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) of 3.4 secs, this made the Caterham 7 485 2.0L as fast as the 2022 Ferrari Purosangue 6.5 V12 (3.3 secs) the 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 3.5 V6 (3.3 secs) the 2020 Lotus Exige Sport 410 Roadster 3.5 V6 (3.3 secs) the or the 2020 Audi R8 Performance 5.2 V10 Spyder (3.3 secs). This Caterham 7 485 2.0L is also faster than the 2022 BMW 3 Series M3 Competition Touring 3.0 xDrive (3.4 secs) the 2022 Aston-Martin Vantage 5.2 V12 Twin Turbo Roadster (3.4 secs) the 2022 Aston-Martin Vantage V12 5.2 Twin Turbo (3.4 secs) the and the 2022 Aston-Martin Vantage V12 5.2 Twin Turbo (3.4 secs).

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Quarter Mile time is a close race between the 7 and the 1969 Lamborghini Islero 400 GTS

When talking about the performance of the Caterham 7 on the drag strip it can reach a quarter mile in an estimated 10.96 secs @ 124.8 mph. Similar performance down the quarter mile can be found with the the 1969 Lamborghini Islero 400 GTS (10.91 secs), the 2000 Aston-Martin Vanquish 5.9 V12 (10.92 secs), and the 2018 BMW 2 Series M2 Competition Twin Turbo F87 (10.92 secs).

Top Speed:

Modern performance cars are often artificially restricted to 155mph. The 2013 version of the Caterham 7 485 2.0L has a maximum speed of 140mph.

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Top Speed of the 2013 7 equals the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (151 mph)

If maxing out your car on the AutoBahn is your thing and you're wondering what's faster than the 2013 Caterham 7 485 2.0L then how about the 2020 Lotus Elise Cup 250 1.8 Supercharged (151 mph), the 2013 Volkswagen-VW Polo R WRC 2.0 Turbo (151 mph), or the 2006 Volkswagen-VW Golf GTi Edition 30 DSG (151 mph).

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