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  Caterham R500
1999 - 2007
Caterham R500
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Caterham R500

Specification
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Trackfocused
Body No Doors 2 Seat
Convertible
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Number Built  
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
Capacity
110 in3 
Max Power
230 bhp @8600rpm 
Max Torque
155 lb/ft @7200rpm 
Power to Weight
508 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
342 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 128 bhp/litre 
Compression 11.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.15 X 3.52 in 
Fuel Cons
 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
145 mph 
0 - 30 mph
1.6 sec 
0 - 60 mph
3.5 sec 
0 - 100 mph
7.7 sec 
0 - 124 mph
16.4 sec 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
2.7 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
12.0sec @118mph 
60 - 0 mph
 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
11.3 sec 
Ring Lap Time 7 min 55 sec 
Lateral Accn 1.30 g 
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
133.0 in 
Width
62.0 in 
Height
43.0 in 
Weight
1014 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 6.5 X 13
8.5 X 13 
Tyres (F/R) 185/55 R13
215/50 R13 
Fuel Capacity
8 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £25000 - £25000
 
Profile

The ballistic R500 is the fastest Caterham since the nutty JPE and one of the fastest point to point machine available today.

Evolving from the Superlight R in response to rivals like the Westfield FW400 and Lotus 340R, the R500's 230bhp only has to move a waif like 1000lbs resulting in rocket like acceleration. 60mph comes up in just 3.6sec, followed by 100mph in a mere 8.7 and to top it all the R500 recently set a new record 0-100-0mph sprint of just 11.4sec. Handling can be a little on the frantic side but a record 7min 55sec lap of the Nurburgring shows it can be devastating in the right hands.

Practicality is not a strong point. There is no real roof, windscreen or doors, but as a track day tool you can do little better.


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
70% 69% 9% 9
Ranks 350 of 765 Ranks 406 of 765 Ranks 138 of 765 Ranks 201 of 765

Rivals
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Lotus 340R

(1999 - 2001)


Westfield FW400

(1999 - 2002)


Westfield Megabusa

(2000 - date)
 


Tiger Z100WR

(2001 - 2010)


Radical SR3 Supersport

(2002 - 2004)


Westfield XTR2

(2002 - 2004)
 

Variants
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Lineage
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R500

(1999 - 2007)
  

R500 Evo

(2004 - )
  

R500 (Mk II)

(2008 - 2014)
  

620R

(2013 - date)

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