Caterham Seven SV 1.0 EcoBoost

15 Oct, 2012 5:30pm Chris Ebbs

The Caterham Seven SV gets the new hi-tech engine from the Ford Focus

Verdict

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Ford's excellent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has already wowed us in the new B-MAX and Fiesta, and it shows yet more versatility here. The little three-cylinder punches hard in the lightweight Caterham, mixing strong acceleration with a great soundtrack. And there’s more power to come, so expect the engine to grace a high-performance Ford very soon.

In an effort to show the sporting potential of its award-winning three-cylinder turbocharged engine, Ford has fitted it to a Caterham Seven SV.

This is the same engine that’s available in the Fiesta and new B-MAX, so it comes with 118bhp and 200Nm of torque, although Ford claims the power could be increased.

This version of the Caterham is normally fitted with a 1.6-litre engine and, although it may appear as if you’re losing out with the 1.0-litre, the power is exactly the same. In fact, the smaller engine delivers 55Nm more torque.

The car hasn’t been fully tested yet, so there are no official 0-60mph times, but with the 1.6-litre Seven completing the sprint in 6.2 seconds, a time of six seconds flat is likely. From the driver’s seat, this car is every bit as fast as the standard SV.

The free-revving nature of the EcoBoost engine fits well in the lightweight chassis – total weight is just 588kg – so the added torque translates into a substantial shove in the back. There’s an addictive three-cylinder warble, although it’s hard to hear with a helmet on and the wind rushing past.

As with all Caterhams, this is a proper back-to-basics machine, and masses of fun. The tiny steering wheel, matched with short-throw gearchanges, gives you a real sense that you are driving an old-fashioned sports car, while ultra-direct steering and a low-slung driving position mean everything feels 20mph quicker than it actually is.

Although it’s merely a bit of fun for Ford – there are no plans to put a 1.0-litre Seven on sale – it proves just how versatile this remarkable little engine is.

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i want to see one in a morgan 4/4, I've been thinking this for a while...but i'll settle for a caterham! :P

This is the engine that should be in the smart 451. The weak Mitsubishi 3 cylinder 1 litre is a dog. I rev mine everywhere to get it to go and now the rings are leaking after only 11,000 miles. I wonder if I can fit the Ford lump in it when the Itshitty goes bang.

They should dammit sell these! Limited run. But get them out there. Worth the PR and a lucky few would have a blast.

Want

Nice try but,nothing's better in a super 7 than an S2000 motor ,

Key specs

  • Price: £19,000 (est)
  • Engine: 1.0-litre 3cyl turbo petrol
  • Power: 118bhp
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • 0-60mph: 6.0 seconds (est)
  • Top speed: 112mph (est)
  • Economy: 60mpg (est)
  • CO2: 105g/km (est)
  • Equipment: Heater, 14-inch alloys, full windscreen, cloth seats
  • On sale: Now
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