Sub-£17k Caterham Seven to be launched

Entry-level Caterham Seven
5 Aug, 2013 1:19pm Jonathan Burn

The new ready-built, entry-level Caterham Seven will feature a 660cc turbocharged Suzuki engine

A new entry-level, ready-built Caterham Seven sports car will be launched this autumn with first deliveries of the £17,000 model expected before the end of 2014.

The new Caterham Seven boats a five-speed Suzuki gearbox, adapted by Caterham's sister firm Caterham Teechnology and Innovation. The model also features a lightweight 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine sourced from Suzuki. It's the same engine used in the Japanese-market Suzuki Jimny, and will be the smallest and most efficient engine ever fitted to a Caterham.

This back-to-basics approach means the new Seven is set to become the lightest model ever produced by Caterham, weighing less than the 550kg Caterham Seven Roadsport, which starts from £19,995. 

Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "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.     

“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."

While Caterham does already have a £14,495 Classic model, it uses old technology and the Caterham Seven kit needs to be assembled by the customer. 

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Maybe some Caterham kits for the US?

You can get a Caterham "kit'" in the US. It's a kit because it does not include an engine or transmission and it still costs more than a complete car in Britain.

The importers must think we're stupid, and obviously enough Americans are since they continue to do this and get away with it. They take the UK published price, which includes all the UK taxes (which don't apply to exported cars), convert that to dollars and then add their 'import costs" and fat profit margin.

No thanks. I'll keep my '65 S2 Elan thank you very much.

It seems odd that they have gone with a Suzuki engine given their new alliance with Alpine/Renault.

Well I look forward to the 5 speed boat gearbox...

"This back-to-basics approach means the new Seven is set to become the lightest model ever produced by Caterham, weighing less than the 550kg Caterham Seven Roadsport, which starts from £19,995."
Huh? How can it be the lightest if not compared to a Superlight...

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