Caterham finds

comfort zone

Caterham 620S, front
Caterham 620S, side
Caterham 620S, rear
Caterham 620S, badge
Caterham 620S, dashboard, badge
Caterham 620S, engine
Caterham 620S, dashboard
Caterham 620S, instrument panel
Caterham 620S, gear lever

CREATURE comforts weren't exactly top of the list when Caterham created its fastest road car ever - but now at least you can get one with a windscreen.

The maker of the iconic Seven sports car is about to release the 620S - a slightly sanitised version of the ridiculously quick 620R which can accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 2.79 seconds.

And while the new model can't quite match that performance - it takes 3.44 seconds to complete the standing 60 - it does come with a little more in the way of protection such as side screens, a hood and even heated seats.

There's also the option of a wider-bodied chassis giving more room inside, a larger fuel tank and a bit more luggage space.

The Seven 620S is priced from £44,995 and like its more track-oriented cousin is powered by a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine, supercharged to pump out 310bhp.

With the car weighing in at just 610 kilos that's a power to weight ratio of 508bhp per tonne which is not far short of that of a Bugatti Veyron.

Top speed is 145mph and the 620S comes more tailored for road drivers with a five-speed manual gearbox instead of the 620R's more race-inspired sequential box.

Not only does the 620S come with a full windscreen but it is also fitted with a heater and has leather seats as standard.

It sits on 15-inch alloys and while the 620S comes with road springs and dampers, the uprated brake master cylinder and limited-slip differential are taken from the R model.

So are the carbon fibre interior panels and dash and a lightweight flywheel.

An upgrade to carbon seats - as fitted to the 620R - is available for £600 or £995 for heated ones. The wide-bodied option adds a further £2,500.

Graham Macdonald, Caterham's chief executive, said: "When we launched the 620R, we knew that we were unleashing a beast upon the world. It's never been one for the faint-hearted and should really come with its own health warning.

"But we are, of course, sensitive also to those customers who want the ridiculous performance stats without having to worry about donning race overalls to access them. The new options mean that customers who want the best of both worlds can have exactly that, whether their aim is to pound around the race tracks of the UK or take a Sunday drive, albeit a deliriously exciting one."