TWIN TEST. Ariel Atom 3.5 vs Caterham 420R

Caterham 420R
Engine: Inline 4cyl, 1999cc
Power: 210bhp @ 7600rpm
Torque: 203Nm (150lb ft) @ 6300rpm
Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Front suspension: Unequal length double wishbones
Rear suspension: De-dion semi-independent suspension with radius arms
Brakes: Twin circuit split front-rear
Wheels: 15in (front and rear)
Tyres: 195/45 R15 Avon (front and rear)
Weight (kerb) 560kg
Power-to-weight 375bhp/ton
0-100kph: 3.8 secs
Top speed: 219kph
Price (as tested): $49,820

Ariel Atom 3.5
Engine: Inline-4cyl, supercharged, 1998cc
Power: 310bhp @ 8600rpm
Torque: 310Nm (229lb ft) @ 7200 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-drive manual
Front suspension: Double unequal length fabricated wishbones
Rear suspension: Double unequal length fabricated wishbones
Brakes: Ventilated, 290mm front and rear
Wheels: 16in (front), 17in (rear)
Tyres: 225/45 R16 (front), 275/40 ZR17 (rear)
Weight (kerb) 520kg
Power-to-weight 596bhp/ton
0-100kph: 2.7 secs
Top speed: 250kph (limited)
Price (base): $47,200

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