What is it?
It’s a new member of Caterham’s more simple range, called the 270R. But, given that by the second paragraph of the 270R press release you’re into three-asterisk modifier territory, all things are relative. Buying a Caterham is never going to be simple.
In as short as I can make it, though: there are now five models, whose numerals roughly equate to their power-to-weight ratio. Deep breath: there’s the base three-cylinder 160 (80bhp), a 1.6-litre 270 (135bhp), 2.0-litre 360 (180bhp), 2.0-litre, dry-sumped 420 (210bhp), and the range-topping, supercharged 2.0 620 (310bhp).
Only the 160 and 620 haven’t been affected by the change. All the others have had a Roadsport, Supersport or Superlight model dropped to allow their existence. And all are available with an S Pack, which is tailored for road users, or this R Pack, which contains racier elements.
Except? Except that the 160 is only an S and the 620 is only an R. The wider-bodied version is also still available and - look, buying a Caterham is still an experience that involves a lot of looking at options lists and ticking the right boxes.
As well it should be, because detail, when it comes to Caterham specifications, is important. Example: the car you see here is a 270R, which arrived at Millbrook shortly before it was registered. But we also drove a 270S on the road and at the test track.