In my eyes, a car that’s this enjoyable to drive needs little more than three pedals, a steering wheel, and an arrow to tell you how fast you’re going. With that in mind, Caterham’s somewhat limited interior is pretty much perfect.
It’s inside the car that most of the differences between the S and R packs show themselves as well. However, you needn’t get too caught up in which pack offers what, because in the majority of cases everything you can find on one car is available as an option on the other. The main differences are in the standard specs.
In S guise, the 360 comes fitted with extremely comfortable leather seats, while the R comes with tight fitting composite race seats. I actually found the increased support from the lighter race seats to be the better choice, because while the leather alternatives are softer on the old derrière, you are prone to being chucked around a little more when cornering.
The leather in the S extends onto the transmission tunnel and dashboard, whereas the R is swathed in carbon-fibre and Caterham’s distinct ‘carbon leather’. You also get the four-point race harness, standard in the R, optional in the S, which is cool but also a little unwarranted if your only intention with this car is to enjoy a blast to the pub over the weekend.
Among the ‘features’ I found, particularly in the stiffer R model, the rev counter gets stuck every now and again, presumably when you hit a particularly harsh bump, so there were times when the sound of the engine was the only indicator as to when to change gear, talk about immersive.