News: Caterham Debuts Retro-Inspired Super Seven 1600

Caterham Debuts Retro-Inspired Super Seven 1600

By News Desk
April 14, 2020

You might think that Caterham cars are already a throwback, but the British company has now introduced a 1970s-inspired open-top, ultra-light sportster to its lineup: the Super Seven 1600.

The Super Seven harkens back to the first days of Caterham, when in 1973 it began building cars based on the Colin Chapman-designed Lotus Seven. The new Super Seven is a ‘re-imagining’ of those early models, with plenty of groovy, retro touches: the wider front stance makes room for those flared-out fenders, while a pair of twin forties throttle bodies with K&N filters peek out the side of the hood. There’s a spare tire mounted on the back, right beside a polished-aluminum, racing-inspired fuel door. Even the dashboard sports a set of chrome-bezeled Smiths gauges, sitting right behind the wood-covered steering wheel.

But retro certainly doesn’t mean boring. The 1.6-liter Sigma four-cylinder pumps out 135hp, which may not sound significant were it not for how light the Super Seven is: at 545kg, (1,201lb), the Super Seven gets a horsepower-to-weight ratio of 250hp per metric tonne (225hp/ton), good for a 0-100kph time of five seconds. With such a light chassis, as well as the absence of ABS and power steering, there are few cars on the market that could give such a pure driving experience.

Of course, you’ll have to pop over to your local Caterham dealer in the U.K. once this quarantine is lifted, but you can choose from seven ‘70s-inspired exterior color schemes on the brand’s website before you go. Prices start at £33,495 (around $42,000).

*Images courtesy of Caterham

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David Cloete
David Cloete
4 years ago

Are these as overpriced as I think they are? Yes they are fun and handle well but there really is very little to them. And couldn’t they use better switches on the dash or is that 70s authenticity?

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