Caterham is teasing for quite some time now a new entry-level version for its Seven lineup. The model, described as a "uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive," will be making its world debut in a prototype version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production version will arrive a few months later and will be put on sale in the Spring of 2014.
The new Caterham Seven 165 will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine that, after some improvements made by Caterham will deliver a total of 80 horsepower and a peak torque of 78 pound-feet.
Caterham promised that the new Seven 165 will be priced under €25,000 ($33,000 at the current exchange rates), while the British market will get a Seven 160 version that will be priced at under £17,000 ($26,000 at the current exchange rates).
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Caterham Seven.
The history of the Caterham Seven started back in 1978 when it hit the market for the first time. Basically, the Seven is a super-lightweight sports car based on the Lotus Seven and offered with a Lotus Twin Cam engine. Current models are powered by a either a 1600 Ford Sigma or a 2.0-liter Caterham Powertrain (CPT) Duratec.
The new 165 version is placed way under the current lineup, that includes models with power raging from 125, 150 or 175 horsepower up to 275 horsepower in the Superlight R600 version.
Caterham Cars’ new entry-level Seven will be unveiled in prototype concept form at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (Sept 10-22).
Ahead of the show, the British manufacturer of lightweight sportscars has revealed more details about the variant of the iconic Seven that will provide an accessible new entry point to the current range, with a price tag target of €25,000 including local taxes.
The car will be called the Caterham Seven 165, a reference primarily to the confirmed 80hp produced by the 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine after enhancements made by the Caterham Group’s engineering consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI).
The number five at the end of the car’s moniker signifies that the vehicle also complies with the EU5 emissions standards, allowing it to be sold across mainland Europe. It also complies with the similar JC08 test mode for sales in Japan while, in the UK, a different variant of the car - the Caterham Seven 160 - will start from under £17,000.
Despite the compact nature of the Suzuki powerplant, CTI has fine-tuned the K6A engine to deliver increased performance including a torque output of 107Nm, balanced against amplified fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “The engineering process involved in the creation of the Caterham Seven 165 is nearing completion and, as we piece together the final elements, the car we believe will inspire a new generation of drivers to become Caterham enthusiasts is taking shape in exciting fashion.
“Earlier this year, we launched the fastest, most powerful production Seven we’ve ever launched in Europe – the Seven 485. The 165 will sit at the opposite end of the scale, both in engine size and price, but the beautiful thing is that the two cars will offer exactly the same level of pure driving fun. Whether you’re a seasoned, hardcore driver or whether you’re new to sportscars, there will be a Caterham that suits you.”
Production of the Caterham Seven 165 is expected to begin in January 2014, with first deliveries later that Spring.