The Caterham Super Seven 2000 we tested was built with the larger chassis, which from a distance is wholly indistinguishable from the smaller standard chassis. Overall, the car in this form is 250mm longer, 110mm wider and 25mm taller, and able, according to Caterham, to accommodate drivers up to six foot six inches tall.
From a design perspective, the car is still beautiful. Simple, uncluttered and charming, with those rounded headlights and swooping wheel arches. The bloated dimensions do perhaps diminish the compact feel of the standard car, the wider track makes it look a little ungainly, particularly at the front.
On the whole, though, this Caterham is a car that looks unlike anything else on the roads today. The front suspension is out in the open for the world to see, which will never be uncool, and that beautiful chrome exhaust is the perfect finishing touch.
An exclusive aspect of the Super Seven range is the selection of vintage colours on offer. They’re all geared towards that heritage feel, so you have a lovely deep brown, a green, a deep blue and ‘Fawn’, which is a kind of creamy beige.