Caterham Cars prepares to kick off production of Seven 160

Article by Anita Panait, on January 24, 2014

Caterham Cars’ new Seven 160, the entry-level version of the iconic Seven, offers impressive fuel consumption figures. Powered by a super-compact, turbocharged three-cylinder Suzuki engine, the Caterham Seven 160 could return 57.6mpg and emit just 114grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. The performance figures of the Seven 160 make it not only the most economical Seven but also the most cost-effective two-seater sportscar on the market.

The super-frugal engine is complemented by the car’s live-axle rear suspension, efficient engine and ultra-low weight. The Caterham Seven 160 could be availed from £14,995 in component form and £17,995 fully built.

The car can be also taxed for just £30 per year. Despite its fuel efficiency and value for money, the Caterham Seven 160 still offers pure power as well as nice handling. Its 660cc engine provides up to 80hp of output, allowing the Caterham Seven 160 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph.

"The 160 adds something truly different to the existing Seven range, whilst staying true to our core values of simplicity and purity,“ remarked Caterham Cars’ Chief Commercial Officer, David Ridley. He added that to achieve their performance criteria, they called on the expertise of their engineering division, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI).

He said that their engineers worked hard to fine-tune the three-cylinder Suzuki engine from its standard output of 64hp to 80hp as well as to ensure the car’s engine, suspension and overall dynamics all worked in harmony, while boosting fuel economy and cutting emissions. Caterham is also offering an altered, EU5-compliant version of the Seven 160 – the Seven 165 -- for Europe and the rest of the world.

Caterham has announced the new Caterham Seven 160 – to be sold as the altered Caterham Seven 165 version in the European Union – to feature a base price of £14,995. At this price, the new Seven 160 is now the entry-level model of the Caterham Seven range.

Sourced from Suzuki Motor Corp., the compact engine of the Seven 160 is complemented by a live-axle rear suspension and a lightweight body. This 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine is tuned to deliver 80 hp, which is good enough to allow the Seven 160 to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph.

Caterham designed the new Seven 160 to offer a driving experience derived from its quickness and nimbleness, rather than from performance. With these attributes, the new Caterham Seven 160 is set to redefine the budget sports car segment while at the same time offer value for money and high levels of efficiency.

Graham Macdonald, chief executive of Caterham Cars, remarked that as the Caterham Group grows and expands into new sectors and industries, the company is still committed to the continuous evolution of the Seven. He added that the new Seven 160 offers something new to the entry-level market by being more economical, more accessible and more fun on the road.

Caterham has provided the new Seven 160 with a new rear axle – paying tribute to early Sevens in terms of simplicity and purity of design – to help deliver an intuitive handling experience as well as a balanced chassis.

Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI), Caterham Group's engineering consultancy, tuned the 660cc Suzuki engine to raise its output from 64 hp to 80 hp, while significantly increasing fuel economy and lowering emissions. In addition, the new Caterham Seven 160 is already compliant with EU5, EU6 and JC08 emissions regulations.

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