Road Tests Real world tests of Seven vs Ariel Atom


Top speed


Top Gear track time

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Caterham Seven

Reasons to consider the
Caterham Seven Superlight R400

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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the Caterham Seven Superlight R400 vs the Ariel Atom V8 500.

Side view of Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom V8 500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None About half of supercars have an air compressor
Really great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:15.10 vs 1:25.0 More than 10% great lap time on the Top Gear track
A lot faster to 100mph 5.4 s vs 11 s 2x faster to 100mph
Faster in the quarter mile 11.2 s vs 12.7 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 170 mph vs 140 mph 30 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more more powerful engine 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM vs 210 HP @ 7,600 RPM More than 2.2x stronger engine
More torque 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM vs 150 ft-lb @ 6,300 RPM Around 80% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $225k vs $44k More than 5x more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 3,000 cc vs 1,994 cc More than 50% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Seven  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Caterham Ariel
Price 44,362 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2006 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 5.95 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 210 HP @ 7,600 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 150 ft-lb @ 6,300 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 1,994 cc 3,000 cc
Air compressor None Supercharger
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC

physical dimensions

Curb weight 1,250 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Seven  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 140 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 3.8 s 2.3 s
0-100mph 11 s 5.4 s
Top gear time 1:25.0 1:15.10


Drivetrain RWD w/LSD 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Caterham Seven Superlight R400
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Ariel Atom V8 500
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