The Caterham Seven is probably the \"oldest\" sports car in the world in terms of body styling, having been based on the Series 3 (last-generation) Lotus Seven, which ended production around 1970. Caterham acquired the rights to the design and launched the rebranded Seven in 1973. The British automaker has been making and selling the lightweight sports car in its original form since then.
The Seven now gets injected with some fresh blood as Caterham introduces a new variant, the Seven 160, which is powered by a compact 660cc three-cylinder turbocharged Suzuki engine. Caterham tuned this engine to increase its regular output of 64hp to 80hp. Because the car\'s body is very light, the diminutive powerplant is able to propel the Seven 160 from zero to 100kph in 6.5sec and bring it to a top speed of 160kph.
\"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,\" Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said in a press statement. \"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.\"
Caterham expects to commence production of the Seven 160 in January, and then sell the standard version for £14,995 (P1.05 million).
\"The engineering challenges we faced when developing the new vehicle were significant,\" Macdonald added. \"The engine, suspension and the overall dynamics all needed to work in harmony, and the various arms of the Caterham Group have been successful in pooling facilities and expertise to achieve that.\"