Caterham has revised its core model range, and introduced three new models of varying hilarity.[Not a valid template]
We love a Caterham – they combine lightweight mechanical simplicity with scintillating performance and fantastic driver involvement in a way that very few other cars can match. So we’re delighted to hear that the UK company has introduced three new models to the Seven range – the 270, 360 and 420.
At the same time, Caterham has streamlined its product range to five core models. The three new ones sit in the middle, between the existing entry-level model – the Seven 160 – and the supercharged 620R, which is the hardcore lunacy model. All Caterham models are now available with the S or R equipment packs.
The Seven 270 uses the latest-generation TiVCT Ford Sigma 1.6-litre engine, which uses variable-valve timing and sports 10bhp more than the outgoing Roadsport 125 model, which it replaces. That means an output of 135bhp and a 0-100kph time of five seconds dead.
The Seven 360 meanwhile runs the same 2-litre Ford Duratec engine as the flagship R300 race car. It’s pitched as a balance between road and track usability, with 180bhp and a 0-100kph time of 4.8 seconds. It replaces the Roadsport 175 and the Supersport R models
Also powered by a Duratec is the Seven 420, although it’s been tuned to offer 210bhp, and also features a dry sump. It’ll hit 100kph in four seconds dead, and it’s outgoing equivalent is the Superlight R400. You can read about our adventures with the Superlight R400 here.
The new S equipment package is aimed at the casual road driver, which means it includes creature comforts like carpets, a full windscreen, hood and sidescreen package, and leather seats. The R pack is more track focused, and offers a limited-slip differential, lightweight flywheel, sports suspension and race seats with four-point race harnesses, as well as lighter wheels and a revised instrument design with shift light.
Update: Caterham has clarified the availability of these models in different markets. The five core models will be in dealers in Caterham’s native UK, while other markets will see a smaller, slightly different selection of Sevens available in dealers – the 165 and 485 are already available, while a 275 model, similar to the new 270, will soon be added.
A spokesman for Caterham said that if customers in international markets wanted a particular model not currently in their local dealers, then they could still order one from the factory.