Entry-Level Caterham Seven - 1

Caterham Cars has announced that its soon-to-be-released, all-new entry level Seven, will be powered by the smallest and most efficient engine ever installed (in a Seven) – a Suzuki 660 cc engine.

“It is not engine size that matters, it is the grin factor that is our barometer and we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle just right,” said Caterham Cars Chief Executive Officer Graham Macdonald.

Suzuki did not mention the power output but the three-cylinder, turborcharged engine is said to produce about 63 hp and 106 Nm of torque. It is mated to a compact Suzuki five-speed gearbox, and has been adapted by Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) to complement a re-engineered chassis with major revisions on suspension layout.

“Suzuki is a leader in producing compact vehicles with extremely efficient engines and that is clearly a shared passion. We needed a particularly light powertrain but it had to be a unit that suited the characteristics inherent to all Sevens – thankfully, after lots of hard work, we have a package that works brilliantly.” said Macdonald.

This entry-level Seven is said to be priced under £17,000 and will be launched in Autumn this year, with deliveries expected before the end of the year.

“Our intention for this car is to offer the joy of the Seven in distilled form, so the new entry-level car is lighter, cheaper, more economical and more accessible than ever. Unfussy and easy to run, it is designed to give a neutral, supple ride yet carrying the sporting edge and turn-of-speed expected from any Seven. For a sportscar at this price point, it delivers on many fronts and we cannot wait to open the order book.” he added.



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