Entry-level Caterham to cost from £14,995, powered by 80bhp Suzuki engine
22 October 2013

Caterham has revealed new details about its Caterham Seven 160, including the price.

The new car will cost from £14,995 in kit form, rising to £17,995 for a ready-built model.

The 160, which has been named in reference to its approximate power-to-weight ratio, is powered by a Suzuki-built 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine – the smallest and most efficient engine ever to power a Seven. It develops 80bhp and 79lb ft of torque.

The 160 can accelerate to 60mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 100mph.

Caterham says the new model has been designed for maximum weight saving and pays homage to the ultra-lightweight credentials of the original Lotus Seven.

The new model will be badged as 160 in the UK, but 165 in European markets. The naming strategy is an attempt to emphasise the engine's Euro-V compliance. A spokesman confirmed that while power will be unchanged, European models will be subject to a small number of minor modifications to meet legislative standards in other markets. The move follows a new naming standard for Caterham models, in which European models will end in '5'.

The compact engine will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, supplied by Suzuki but adapted by Caterham’s engineering division.

Caterham says it has “fine-tuned” the engine to suit the Seven’s characteristics while delivering improved economy and emissions. In fact, Caterham has improved the standard output of the engine from 64bhp to 80bhp. The engine currently powers the Japanese-market Suzuki Jimny and every compact MPV in Suzuki's range. A live rear axle suspension setup is used on the 160.

Speaking to Autocar after the car's reveal at the Frankfurt motor show, 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.   

“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.”

Production of the 160 will begin in January 2014 and sales will commence next spring.

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5 August 2013

It worked for the Cappucino, a car that was heavier than a Caterham and still went fairly well.  I had one, loved it, and that only had 66bhp.  I'm sure the same engine can deliver well over 100hp comfortably, in a car weighing around half a tonne that will do just fine thank you.  And it sounded good.

6 August 2013

it seems that your are right!

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5 August 2013

I had a Cappucino as well, loved it, cracking engine. This will be brilliant, high revving small engine will suit the Caterham perfectly

5 August 2013

A revvy engine, exploitable on the road and narrow tyres might just make this one of the most fun cars to drive on the road. The faster Caterham models probably only show their best on the track as they are SO fast.

5 August 2013

in case any of you guys are confused, there is a mini mpv in japan called "Suzuki Every".

A34

5 August 2013

... but that's a long supply chain. Wonder why the Renault 3cyl didn't past muster, given their tie up with Caterhams...

5 August 2013

"Add lightness and remove power" - Colin Chapman.

Hang on, wait?!

2 September 2013
dab_of_vtec wrote:

"Add lightness and remove power" - Colin Chapman.

Hang on, wait?!

"Simplify, then add lightness."

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

5 August 2013

Really looking forward to the review of this car! I hope it has that characterful 3 cylinder noise - like half a Porsche flat-six, and is not dulled down by the turbo.

Cyborg

5 August 2013

Cars dont have to have massive power outputs to be fun, I look forward to it,

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