The Bowler EXR S is a purpose-built SUV based on Land Rover bones with a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 designed to tackle off-road rallying events like the Paris-Dakar. The Caterham Seven Supersport is a feather-light track day weapon, purposely created to out-hustle just about anything on a winding race circuit. If asked to pick one of the as the fastest around a handling circuit in the UK, the smart money is clearly on the racing Caterham. Right?

Maybe, maybe not, as it turns out.

In what can only be the product of some right-place, right-time car loans, British publication Autocar has put together a wild on-track comparison between the Seven and the EXR S, with a pretty interesting outcome. We won't spoil it for you – go ahead and click it on below to watch the head-to-head for yourself.


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      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      Usually, an SUV wont look that fun on a circuit. Even a high performance X5M, Cayenne Turbo, etc would be struggling and cumbersome. But this Bowler just seems so fun to drive, it may actually be more entertaining than the Caterham simply because it's so absurd and beastly.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gentleman's racer meets purpose-built rally car - who wins? Who cares. It's fun watching Botha round the track, but comparing them is pointless.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      looks like someone watched the new EVO battle between the cayenne and a super seven
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      All the shots looking back from the Caterham at the massive Bowler... All I could think was, this is what it's like driving a small car in Los Angeles!
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now,that's a really fun video and really a great Lotus creation now under another name but alive and kicking
      Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not entirely convinced by this video. Granted the road is pretty straight in some parts and some of the corners are what I would consider to be medium / high speed. I noticed one particular bit of footage that made me question the Caterham drivers ability: At 4:19-4:21 he takes what looks to be a slight left into a slight right. Listen to the engine note / position of his right foot on throttle. He is barely on it until after the corner. Judging by the radius of the corner, the tires on caterhams, the weight of a caterham and the power....it seems like that corner should be flat out. I just don't see the guy in the Caterham pushing hard enough to really convince me that the Bowler as a car is equal to the Caterham. As a driver I think Sutcliffe is equal in the Bowler is equal / better than the driver in the Caterham. Fun video, but as a comparison I think we are seeing more driver vs. driver than car vs. car. Just my opinion, could be wrong. Surely the power does make up for a bit of the difference in weight.
        Zeus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zeus
        As a driver I think Sutcliffe is equal / better in the Bowler than the driver in the caterham* My bad on the spelling error. Hope my point is still able to be understood.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its entertaining, but sometimes annoying to see these "stack ups" of vehicles where one is some "over tuned version" of something that would otherwise be inferior to a "stock version" competitor. Like when somebody mods an Escalade to monstrous straight line performance to pit it against a stock Nissan GTR or something like it. How both cars tuned to monstrous performance specs? Its like saying, here's a body builder weight lifting against a skinny guy inside a weight lifting robot. Its fine for entertainment but makes no sense competition wise.
      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pick the lowest powered Caterham 140hp, and the 550hp Bowler. Pick a track with lots of straight, and plenty of runoff. Get two chavs behind the wheel, who are so 'serious' about the drive that they chum it up throughout... Print incindiery tagline, making it seem like an SUV will hang with actual sportscars on real tracks. Sounds like a proper formula for pop auto journalism.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Man, Captain Buzzkill over here. Just enjoy the video for what it's worth.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      In other news: slowest model Caterham is faster than $250K 550 horsepower supertruck. A Caterham CSR or R500 would clobber that thing.
        Sean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        No **** Sherlock. That's besides the point Autocar is making; it's the sheer insanity of a gutted-out, hulking SUV keeping up with a lightweight, proven track car.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        No, I would just get the offroad spec Bowler (the EXR-S is road oriented) and take a shortcut.
      Massimiliano Premuti
      Come on do not make me laugh, a lot of **** can not go as a feather!
      • 1 Year Ago
      good to see SUV on circuit enjoying its drive....
      Brett
      • 1 Year Ago
      One second against a 42-second lap time is kind of an eternity. One second may not be a big deal at a longer track, but here, it'd be a decent little disparity. Regardless, if they ever made a roofless Bowler, I think that'd be the perfect toy.
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