Sports car firm is one of only three European manufacturers at next week's show
21 October 2009

The entry-level Caterham CSR model is at the Tokyo motor show.

The Caterham CSR 175 uses the same 175bhp 2.0-litre Duratec engine found in the Seven Roadsport and officially it has been billed as for Japan only, despite receiving pan-European homologation.

A Caterham source has told Autocar that the model hints at a similar model likely to go on-sale in Europe in the future, however, and it would become the entry level model in the CSR range.

The CSR Caterhams feature a more sophisticated suspension system than other Seven cars, which includes inboard dampers and a fully independent double wishbone set-up at the rear. The chassis is based on that of the wide-bodied SV, while it also gets an upgraded, more luxurious interior and a new dashboard.

Three Caterham CSRs are currently on-sale in the UK. All are equipped with the 2.3-litre Cosworth engine, with prices starting at £33,995 for the 200bhp version. The 175 model would undercut this in the UK by around £4000.

The CSR 175 will be the first CSR Caterham to go on-sale in Japan. The models are imported by Premium Cars Import, which has been Caterham’s Japanese supplier since January.

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Caterham is also displaying its Superlight R300 and Roadsport models in Japan for the first time at Tokyo.

Mark Tisshaw

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