At a glance:
Series 5 Chassis (SV)
Registered in 2009
2.0L Ford Duratec Engine 220bhp
Roller Barrel Throttle Bodies
6 Speed Ford Type-9 Gearbox
Limited Slip Differential
Adjustable Platform Superlight Suspension
De-Dion Rear Axel
Adjustable Rear Anti-Roll Bar
13" Black Superlight Alloys with wide rears
Avon CR500 Tyres
Caterham Uprated Brake Master Cylinder
Caterham Uprated Quad Piston Front Callipers
Caterham Uprated Front Vented Discs
Track Day Roll Over Bar
4 Point Harness
Thatcham Category 2 Immobiliser
Adjustable Leather Seats
Momo Quick Release Steering Wheel
Push Button Start
ACES Change Up Lights
Carbon Fibre Dashboard
Side Screen Armrests
Carbon Fibre Cycle Wings
If you wanted a Caterham to use on the road the R400 was always really the pinnacle of Caterham’s Superlight range.
Sure, the R500 delivers another level of savagery, but as a road going car, it is hard to live with.
With a 0-60mph time of sub 4 seconds, the R400 is in truth far faster than you would ever be able to really exploit on the roads. The difference is however, that unlike its big brother, the R400 is very manageable at low speeds.
On paper, the Throttle Body upgrade just isn’t worth it. "Circa £2000 for 10bhp, no way". But honestly, it’s the best £2000 you'll ever spend if you have a Duratec powered Caterham. The Throttle Bodies give the 2.0L Ford engine a totally new level of drama. The extra 10bhp does of course make a small difference, but that’s not what we pay for. For the driving purist, the throttle response becomes razor sharp, but for the 10-year-old inside of us all, it’s all about the noise! The induction noise coming from under the bonnet on full throttle instantly makes you feel like a wold champion racing driver as you are being pinned to the back of your seat by the relentless power. Coupling that to the newly added pops and bangs which flame from the exhaust that can literally set car alarms off, its every petrol heads dream!
This excellently kept and under-used R400 SV has everything you could want for the ultimate road going Caterham. It has performance in spades from its 220bhp engine which also provides a soundtrack to die for. Looks that will turn the heads of any pedestrian with its angry McLaren paint, Carbon Fibre wings and deep-dish Superlight alloys. And of course, an abundance of space and comfort with its Leather seats, lowered floors, full weather equipment and comforting heater.
Could this be Caterham's "King of the Road"? It just might.
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