Currently reading: New Caterham Super Seven 1600 revives spirit of the Seventies
Retro-styled take on the entry-level 270 offers bespoke body design and distinctive engine note
Felix Page Autocar writer
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9 April 2020

Caterham has revealed the new Super Seven 1600 as a retro-inspired take on its flagship open-wheel sports car

Available to order now, the new model draws on the British brand’s heritage, as did the limited-run Sprint and Super Sprint models from 2016 and 2017. Unlike those cars, though, it is a permanent addition to the Caterham line-up.

The Super Seven 1600 is powered by the same 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine as the brand’s entry-level 270 model, meaning it can crack the 0-62mph sprint in around five seconds and hit a top speed of 122mph. 

Mechanical changes are limited to the addition of DCOE throttle body injectors - said to provide a "distinctive growl" reminiscent of 1970s rally cars - and chrome-finished K&N air filters, which complement the car’s retro-inspired styling. 

The new arrival - available in standard and wider SV form - retains the Seven's familiar silhouette but can be told apart from existing models by a raft of bespoke design elements. The most obvious of these are its unique flared front wings, as worn by early Caterham models, which extend from the headlights back to the bulkhead. 

There’s also a spare wheel carrier at the rear and alloy wheels that replicate the eight-spoke design common to British sports cars in the 1970s. The model can be specified with a choice of seven heritage-inspired paint schemes. 

Inside, it gains a wood-rimmed steering wheel and tailored leather upholstery. 

Caterham CEO Graham McDonald said: “Both of our most recent retro-inspired Sevens – the Sprint and Super Sprint – sold out in record time so we know the appeal for these cars is strong.

“We’re excited to introduce the most powerful Super Seven ever built, a reimagining of a true modern icon, delivering exactly what the original was designed to offer – a focus on driving feel and race-inspired upgrades but with some touches of luxury to the finishes.”

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9 April 2020
Pretty cool looking, I like the retro style of the front wings. Huge fun no doubt.

9 April 2020

Interesting use of the word "new".

9 April 2020

1.6 engine 4 cyclinder, only 135 bhp, how much more lively would this be with the latest 1.5 ecoboost triple from the currest Fiesta ST which is is good for about 230bhp without much effort, or even a tuned 1.0 ecoboost with similar power but less weight.. 

9 April 2020
Citytiger wrote:

1.6 engine 4 cyclinder, only 135 bhp, how much more lively would this be with the latest 1.5 ecoboost triple from the currest Fiesta ST which is is good for about 230bhp without much effort, or even a tuned 1.0 ecoboost with similar power but less weight.. 

 

You must be new and uninformed to make such a silly billy comment, see link below. You could have but did not research prior to posting...try it sometime...soon.

 

Caterham Seven Ford EcoBoost review (2012 prototype) - MSN Cars UK.mht

9 April 2020

the 1.0 has a cast iron block which makes it heavy, only 13kg lighter than the 1.6 sigma, it's also tall and doesn't fit very well. The 1.5 is aluminum block, it's 10kg heavier than the sigma, and as it's an enlarged 1.0, the problem of it not fitting under the bonnet is even worse. Turbos get hot too, which can be a problem of itself. Last time i saw prices a 1.0 ecoboost cost almost triple the amount of a 1.6 sigma, but that was a few years ago so this may have changed

10 April 2020

I would be happy to have less speed for less money in a car like this, which offers so many pleasures beyond sheer acceleration, especially when less speed is still 0-60 in 5.  I suspect the UK is full of roads that this small, nimble car will traverse faster than a 0-60 in 4 turbobrute.  But I'd spend the money on a 270 optioned up to my tastes, which do NOT include red paint, gold wheels, off white leather and writing on the seats.  Bleagh.

10 April 2020

Carbs or fuel injection throttle bodies? Pics and words don't match up.

10 April 2020

...but all cars cost obscene amounts of money now - at least this is a specialised vehicle for true motoring enthusiasts rather than just another sinister corporation churning out more SUVs shown in pathetic lifestyle / woke adverts.

12 April 2020

... the less i get it. For the same money you can get a better caterham. Also, those front wings give lots of front lift. i was really hoping for a new 160, but done properly so it didn't have the shortcomings and drove how everyone was hoping it would

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