Replaces the previous 360, adds more power, new features, and more options

Launched in 1973, after Caterham Cars purchased the rights for the roadster from Lotus, the Seven has soldiered on with few changes until 2015. Granted, the sports car received increasingly modern engines and state-of-the-art lightweight materials such as carbon-fiber, but from a design standpoint, the modern-day Seven is very similar to the car introduced more than four decades ago. For 2015, Caterham launched more updates and simplified the Seven lineup to five core models, all available with the new S and R equipment packages.

Among them there’s the 2015 Seven 360 R takes all that is good in the standard 360 and turns the dial up a bit. Sure, there are no massive drivetrain updates, but Caterham worked hard in other areas to make the 360 R a more track-ready machine. The best (or possibly the worst, depending on how you look at it) part about the 360 R is that it is almost a secret, because the updates are quite subtle and require a careful eye to spot.

Not available in the United States for the time being, the Seven 360 slots between the 270 and the 480 models. It uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and much like other modern Sevens, it can be equipped with an extensive range of options. Have a look at the review below for more info on that.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Caterham Seven 360 R.

  • 2015 Caterham Seven 360 R
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    180
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    26995
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:
  • Overall:
    8.3/10

Exterior

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On the outside, the Caterham Seven 360 R looks no different from any other Seven model. It features the classic Caterham look with a semi-open-wheel design, a long hood, bug-eye headlights, side-exit exhaust, and a roll bar for added safety.

If you look very closely, you may notice two slight differences between the R model and the standard 360, and those are the “360 R” decals and the “aero” fuel-filler cap.

While some may find it boring, I am actually happy that Caterham left the 360’s exterior unchanged with the new R package. Something about that simple look of a Caterham car just makes me smile.

Interior

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Inside the cabin, the 360 R gets a few extra goodies that you won’t find in the standard 360, but you still need to know exactly what you’re looking for. The overall appearance of the cabin is very similar to that of the standard 360, as it is quite simple and focused more on functionality than beauty.

The R package tosses in a carbon-fiber dashboard, composite racing seats, a momo steering wheel, a four-point racing harness, a 12-volt power socket, an exclusive gearshift knob, and unique instruments.

Drivetrain

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In the power department, the 360 R comes with the same engine and transmission as the standard 360. This is a 1,999 cc Ford Duratec four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 194 pound-feet of torque at 6,100 rpm. This engine mates to a five-speed manual transmission.

In the R package, Caterham upgraded the drivetrain with a limited-slip differential for added grip and a lightweight flywheel to allow the engine to rev more freely.

While this may not seem like much power at all, you have to keep in mind that the Caterham 360 weighs only 1,234 pounds. This low weight and ample power allows the 360 R to sprint to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph.

The standard 360 is a good-handling rig in its own right, but the R package pushes it even further with a sports suspension pack, a rear anti-roll bar, and 15-inch Orcus alloy wheels with Avon tires.

Prices

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The Standard Caterham Seven 360 checks in at £26,995 ($40,099 as of 3/30/2015) in the UK, and the R package adds in another £3,995 ($5,934). That brings the total MSRP for the Seven 360 R to £30,990 ($46,034), plus an extra £3,000 ($4,456) if you want the factory to assemble it for you.

Competition

Ariel Atom

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The Ariel Atom is a relative newcomer next to the Caterham Seven, but it is still a great performer in this wild segment. Thanks to a 2.0-liter Honda engine that produces 245 horsepower, the Ariel Atom can hit 60 mph in a lightning-fast three seconds. Though it is significantly quicker than the Caterham 360 R, it is also far more expensive at over $70,000. On top of that, the Atom has no roof and a limited body to protect you from the outside elements. However, I guess none of that matters when you’re driving a track-only vehicle.

Find out more about the Ariel Atom here.

KTM X-Bow GT

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The KTM X-Bow GT is a great competitor to the Caterham, thanks to its full windshield and body that help keep the elements out. The X-Bow GT is far more powerful than the Caterham 360 R, as its 2.0-liter Audi engine puts out 281 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of twist. Doing the cog swapping is either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch trans. This drivetrain nets the lightweight KTM a 0-to-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. Both benchmarks are significantly better than the Seven 360 R. Where the Caterham wins is in terms of pricing, as the KTM X-Bow GT costs a whipping $88,500.

Read more about the KTM X-Bow GT here.

Conclusion

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Caterham has a long history of delivering excellent lightweight track cars at a relatively low price. It continues this trend with the 2015 Seven 360, and it pushes the model to a new level with the R package. Sure, it is nothing outrageous, but it does add some extra bits that are sure to help it deliver faster lap times. Additionally, Caterham refrained from jacking the price up too high in the process.

  • Leave it
    • * Limited availability in the U.S.
    • * Slower than the competition by a wide margin
    • * Have to pay for assembly

Press Release

Caterham Cars has introduced three brand new additions to its existing range of iconic sportscars.

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The Seven 270, 360 and 480 are all available in the UK immediately. The introduction of these three new variants simplifies Caterham’s range to comprise five core models. In addition, all Caterham Sevens can now be specified with brand new ‘S’ or ‘R’ equipment packages.***

Like all Sevens, the new variants adhere to Caterham’s brand mantra of delivering ‘accessible fun’ through the traditional Caterham minimalistic, lightweight approach to sportscar engineering.

The three new vehicles sit between the existing range bookends – the entry-level Seven 160 and the supercharged 620R, the most powerful production Seven ever built.

Launched in 2013, the Seven 160 embodies the pioneering spirit of early Sevens with its compact 3-cylinder engine and live-axle rear suspension. Next up is the new 270 model, powered by the latest-generation 1.6 Ford Sigma engine with variable-valve timing technology and offering a 10bhp power upgrade from the outgoing Roadsport 125 it replaces.

Sitting in the middle of the range is the Seven 360, which runs the same 2.0 Ford Duratec power unit as Caterham’s flagship R300 race cars, offering the perfect balance between road and race track.

The penultimate model in the line up is the Seven 420, which features a dry sump and is also powered by the 2.0 Ford Duratec, although benefitting from modifications which offer 210bhp. At the top of the range, is Caterham’s mighty 620R, which also runs a finely-tuned 2.0 Ford Duratec that pumps out an extreme 310bhp and reaches 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds.

The British sportscar maker has also introduced two brand new equipment packages, which are available on all models.*** The new ‘S’ and ‘R’ packs offer specially-tailored trim and equipment packages to suit both road and track drivers.

The ‘S’ pack is geared towards the casual road driver and includes creature comforts such as a fully-carpeted cockpit, full windscreen, hood and side screens and leather seats. Meanwhile, the ‘R’ pack is more track-focused, whilst retaining its road car status by offering limited-slip differential, sports suspension and a four-point race harness.

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The ‘R’ pack also offers 15” Orcus alloy wheels, which have been exclusively designed for Caterham and are 10% lighter than the outgoing 15” alloy wheel. In the cockpit, the unique ‘R’ rev-counter has been orientated to optimise it for use at high rpm. For customers with pure track driving in mind, a 13” alloy wheel is available as an option with the ‘R’ pack; customers choosing this option will also benefit from an upgraded suspension geometry set-up to ensure the ultimate in race track handling.

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