Caterham Preparing a Sports Car to Rival the Porsche Cayman
A few months ago, it was announced that Renault’s new Alpine sports car would be developed in cooperation with Caterham. Now with the partnership pretty much confirmed, it looks like Renault won’t be the only one to benefitting, as Caterham will also get its own sports car that will target models like Porsche Cayman.
The model will be powered by a heavily modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine that will develop a total of 270 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The model won’t target those hardcore enthusiasts, but it will aim a much wider audience. In fact Caterham hopes to sell a total of 25,000 units during the car’s lifetime.
The engine will be mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, and a paddle-shift automatic unit will be offered as an option. You shouldn’t expect the new Caterham sports car to feature the same design language as the Alpine, as Caterham commercial director David Ridley claims that the British car will look "utterly different.”
Expect to see the new Caterham sports car launched sometime in 2015 at a starting price of £40,000 (about $65,000 at the current exchange rates).