The better accessibility and convenience of the 620S’s performance is mirrored in the overhaul of the chassis.
There is nothing necessarily complicated about Caterham’s replacement of the 620R’s ‘race’ suspension with its ‘sport’ alternative. This is, after all, the distinction drawn between ‘S’ and ‘R’ across the current Seven line-up.
But just as the manual gearbox provides a louche and likable side to a car previously limited by its own savagery, so the less aggressive springs and dampers unlock the 620’s lighter side.
Despite wearing 15in Orcus anthracite alloy wheels as standard (we remain loyal fans of the Seven’s classic 13in wheel, which is a £200 option), the car now rides with measured aplomb.
Where the R has a tendency to gripe at less than perfect surfacing, the S remains largely benign, the pliancy of its wheel control now tailor-made to suit erratic B-road asphalt.
Larger deflections remain a problem and are felt (and heard) as almighty rear-end clonks from the back axle. But limits to comfort levels are inevitable when the chassis is still required to marshal the same 310bhp available in the R.