Caterham is preparing to release a new entry-level Seven model this autumn and it has a surprise for us. If the other models from Caterham are powered by Ford engines, the new entry-level Seven will use a 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine manufactured by Suzuki. The small engine will be bolted to a five-speed gearbox. Moreover, the engine has been adapted by Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) a.k.a. company’s engineering division and will complement the re-engineered chassis.
Despite its size, the powertrain specialists at CTI have fine-tuned the engine to suit the highly dynamic Seven and as expected, the vehicle is now capable of strong performance while delivering vastly improved fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.
The new entry-level Caterham will be launched in Autumn this year and the first deliveries are expected before the end of 2013. Caterham already announced a price of £17,000 for its new model.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “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." “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. “ [source: Caterham]