For nearly £50k, one might conceivably contend that buyers have the right to expect the zenith of the Seven experience – and, for our money, the 620S doesn’t quite represent that.

There are times, particularly on a circuit, where less power and narrower tyres would probably deliver a more manageable, likable car, and one capable of delivering no lesser thrill.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

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Supplies fun intravenously with a mix of freneticism and road-going usability

Caterham, though, might reasonably point out that it caters well for this elsewhere, and that the 620S – by definition – is primarily for more ‘leisurely’ pursuits.

In this, the new model succeeds splendidly. It combines not only giant-killing pace with that extra dose of usability, but also supercharges (quite literally) the model’s frantic capacity for instilling entertainment delirium in its driver.

In that sense – as important as any other in flyweight car buying – anyone willing to meet the asking price is most assuredly getting their hands on the superlative end of the good stuff.

As a result the Caterham 620S makes our top five lightweights, with only the mental Ariel Nomad and the Morgan 3 Wheeler getting the nod ahead of the 620S, mainly due to their uniqueness factor and lower price points. The Caterham may gain more kudos if the 620S is fitted with a quieter exhaust, a half hood and making the 13in wheels standard.

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However, the 620S is a more rounded proposition than the Ariel Atom Supercharged and the Zenos E10 S.

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