Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.
As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.
The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.
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If you’ve seen one Caterham Seven, you’ve seen them all, and the Seven 160 is no exception to that trend. The only variance is that the rear of the 160 takes its inspiration from the first-generation Seven. This gives the Seven 160 a simple and retro look, and helps keep its weight as low as possible — 490 kg (1,080 pounds), to be exact.
The model can be ordered in six different exterior colors: yellow, blue, green, orange, black and red.
2014 Caterham Seven 160 - Standard Exterior Features
- 14-Inch steel wheels
- Cloth Adjustable seats
2014 Caterham Seven 160 - Optional Exterior Features
- Full windscreen and weather equipment
- Tonneau cover
- Aluminium Aero filler cap
- Spare wheel and carrier
The 2014 Caterham 160 is about as basic on the inside as it can possibly be. As standard, it comes with cloth, adjustable seats and inertial-reel seat belts.
If you want to add a little more without breaking the bank, you can opt for leather, adjustable seats; a Momo Q/R steering wheel; a heater; carpeting; and a 12-volt power source.
2014 Caterham Seven 160 - Standard Interior Features
- Cloth Adjustable seats
- Inertial reel seat belts
2014 Caterham Seven 160 - Optional Interior Features
- Lowered floors (driver and passenger)
- Carpeted interior
- Black pack
- Leather adjustable seats
- Momo Q/R steering wheel
- 12v power socket
The new Seven 160 is powered by a Suzuki-sourced, 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine that delivers 80 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 107 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm. , but Caterham managed to update the total output up to . This puts the new 160 about 45 horsepower under the current entry-level model in the Seven lineup
Despite the low power output, the Seven 160 delivers decent performance figures. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 100 mph.
With a total weight of just 490 kilos (1,080 pounds), the new Seven 160 will deliver a power to weight ratio of just 163 hp-per-tonne.
|Engine Type||660 cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki Engine|
|Output (HP @ RPM)||80 @ 7,000|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||100 @ 3,400|
|Transmission||Five-speed manual gearbox|
|Rear Differential||Live axle rear suspension|
|Acceleration (0-60 MPH)||6.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||100 MPH|
The new Caterham Seven 160 is priced from £14,995 (about $24,200 at the current exchange rates).
2014 KTM X-Bow
The KTM X-Bow is one of the few competitors that the Caterham has to fend off. It is powered by an Audi-sourced engine that delivers a total of 220 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
It’s nice to see the new Seven 160 coming in at such a low price, but its stripped-down nature may turn off some buyers. On top of that, it remains relatively quick and still carries the iconic Caterham look.
- Quite cheap
- Powerful enough
- Lots of options to choose from
- No words on it coming to the U.S. market
- Slow compared to the X-Bow
Gallery Caterham Seven 160
Gallery Caterham Seven 160
Caterham Cars has opened the order book for the Seven 160 – its new entry-level variant of the iconic sportscar, powered by a super-compact, turbocharged Suzuki engine.
Priced from £14,995 in component form, the car’s live-axle rear suspension, compact engine and low weight embody the pioneering spirit of early Sevens and represent a new entry-point to the Seven range.
The Seven 160 – EU customers will get an altered version, called 165 – produces 80hp from its 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine, enabling it to accelerate to 60mph in a brisk 6.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 100mph.
With fleet-of-foot charm and handling finesse, rather than outright performance dictating the driving experience, the new car redefines the budget sportscar segment while introducing new levels of efficiency and value for money to the Caterham range.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “As the Caterham Group as a whole grows and expands into new sectors and industries, our commitment to keep evolving the Seven is very much alive.
“The 160 offers something truly different to the entry-level market. It’s more economical, more accessible and every bit as fun on the road as other Sevens but has its own unique personality.”
The new rear axle, a throwback to early Sevens in terms of simplicity and purity of design, complements the Suzuki Motor Corporation engine and lower overall body weight, while delivering Caterham’s acclaimed, intuitive handling experience and a balanced yet playful chassis.
To meet the desired performance criteria, the Caterham Group’s engineering consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI), fine-tuned engine performance from its standard output of 64hp to 80hp, while boosting fuel economy and reducing vehicle emissions. The vehicle conforms to EU5, EU6 and JC08 emissions regulations.
Macdonald continued: “The engineering challenges we faced when developing the new vehicle were significant. The engine, suspension and the overall dynamics all needed to work in harmony and the various arms of the Group have been successful in pooling facilities and expertise to achieve that.”
The number five at the end of the EU spec car’s moniker signifies that the vehicle complies with the EU5 emissions standards, allowing it to be sold across mainland Europe and beyond.
Production of the Caterham Seven 160 and 165 is expected to begin in January 2014, with first deliveries later that Spring.