New Seven will have Euro-6 compliant engine and will cost less than £17,000

Caterham has announced a new entry-level version of the Seven.

The car, priced at under £17,000, will take the firm back to its roots and will pay homage to the brand’s DNA. “Adding lightness” will form a big part of the car, which will come with a Euro-6 compliant engine.

The announcement is timely as Caterham celebrates 40 years of developing and manufacturing the Seven

The car is expected to be launched in the autumn, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2013.

Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary at Caterham, it feels good to be taking the brand right back to where it started. Colin Chapman designed the original Seven to be entirely ‘fit-for-purpose’ – a racing car for the road with the driving experience at its heart. 

“With that in mind, the new entry-level Seven will be uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive.”

Our Verdict

The Caterham Seven is a stripped-down sportscar offering one of the most pure driving experiences available. It is a true classic.

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28 May 2013

That's the question............why no 21Century......seven?

Peter Cavellini.

28 May 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

That's the question............why no 21Century......seven?

You're completely missing the point of the car. If you want some tech-laden, soulless car, look elsewhere.

29 May 2013

What age group buy them then?, i admit i really don't know,it's ever since "The Prisoner" TV series,this car has been held up as an icon of what driving is,now, i can't speak for the twenty/thirty somethings, because i way past that(?),but, i would like to know their opinions,Films portrayed Seven owners as i described,so, maybe a more modern looking interpretation would alay the stereotype......?

Peter Cavellini.

31 May 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

What age group buy them then?, i admit i really don't know,it's ever since "The Prisoner" TV series,this car has been held up as an icon of what driving is,now, i can't speak for the twenty/thirty somethings, because i way past that(?),but, i would like to know their opinions,Films portrayed Seven owners as i described,so, maybe a more modern looking interpretation would alay the stereotype......?

I can see what you're saying, but you're missing the point again. Caterhams are all about the driving experience, not the brand image. Stick to BMW and their marketing campaigns if you put style above substance. After all, the Caterham is 10x more of an 'ultimate driving machine' than any BMW ever has been.

28 May 2013

I recall seeing something in the 90's at a motor show called the Caterham 21 (or something else).  It was nice looking modern sports car but I doubt anyone bought it because it was probably more expensive than an MX-5 and undoubtably not as well developed.

So Caterham is doing exactly what it should be.  Taking it's unique product and developing it.  It can't compete with Mazda or Nissan, but it has a decent business producing a small number of cars that are somewhat different to the norm.

28 May 2013

Ray's quite right - the Caterham 7 (I have had two) is the most wonderful car as it is and any attempts to update into some sort of 21st Century equivalent would (probably) not work.  The 7 is the most fun car I have ever had the pleasure of driving.  Mind you, the £17k is no doubt the cost for a kit, with the factory charging £3k for assembly / SVA etc (there's no way I am going to build another one <shudder>), plus more for paint, headrests, removable steering wheel... but still I would much rather have a 7 than a Ferrari or a Lamborghini

28 May 2013

Still £10,000 too much.

If they were mass produced they would easily be under £7k for fully built ready for the road car.

My view is still that the future peoples car will be something like a seven, a 1 or 2 seater car, lightweight, efficient, simple and with the right motor, quick.

When they make some that does 100mpg the right numbers of people will start looking.

 

 

28 May 2013

A few weeks ago I took part in a Caterham slalom experience at Brands Hatch and loved it. So much fun yet we didn't get out of first gear! I certainly caught the Caterham bug and a £17k price makes it that little bit more attainable (one day), especially as the more basic the better with a Caterham - I often think the high powered versions are missing the point a little.

28 May 2013

Love the darkened photo.Can't wait to see what the latest model of the 40 year old Caterham Seven looks like,LOL.

28 May 2013

Yep, self build has its challenges. Anyone know where Rob Stevens' blue Midland Hillclimb Championship winning Seven (Q484...) ended up?

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