Then, as before, it’s simply a case of choosing which spec is right for you: standard, S or R. For many, it is the 270 range, a car which, to all intents and purposes, replaces the old Roadsport trim.
Caterham rarely shone a marketing torch on its easygoing mid-ranger because its pricier stablemates inevitably made for better television. However, more than a few buyers wandered into the dealership with an R500 in mind, only to pedal out later on at the wheel of a mild-mannered Roadsport. It was the softer rump of the Seven, and with the S pack applied to the 270, you get much the same thing.
Then, as now, there’s a trusty 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine up front, although Caterham says it has adopted a later-generation, clever-cam version of the familiar four-pot, which accounts for the modest difference in power over the now defunct Roadsport 125. Add the £2995 S pack to that and you get 14in alloy wheels, leather seats, carpets, a heater, the windscreen, hood and side screens, a Momo steering wheel and S-specific dials and gearlever.
Obviously, those looking for a more hardcore version, intent on tackling more trackdays then country roads can part with an additional £1000 over the S pack and get the R pack, which adorns the Caterham with a limited slip differential, a lightweight flywheel, sports suspension, uprated brake master cylinder and composite race seats.
On that subject, our test car’s spec was considerably longer than standard, with 15in wheels, a six-speed gearbox, sports suspension, the style-enhancing Black Pack and lowered floors all thrown in.
Not, it must be said, like the 270S we’d have built. Big wheels on a Seven are honestly about as desirable as having lead weights mounted at the business end of your air rifle. The last thing this car needs is a larger wheel circumference to get round, or the greater unsprung mass that comes with it.
The 13in wheels are a £395 cost option for the S (and conspicuously non-cost on the R) and we’d recommend you’d mark that box first no matter what. With 15in wheels attached, the latest Sigma feels initially underwhelming out of the gate. Explosive acceleration was never the old Roadsport's bag, but we'd prefer our Sevens to come with the gumption required to see off a lowly hot hatch.