5th August 2013
Caterham Cars' soon-to-be-released, all-new entry-level Seven
will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine
manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation - the smallest and most
efficient engine ever installed in a Seven.
The new vehicle uses 21st-Century engineering to pay
homage to early incarnations of the iconic Seven by utilising a
super-compact and lightweight turbocharged engine to 'add
lightness' like no other Seven in recent times.
The ultra-efficient, downsized engine matched with an equally
compact Suzuki five-speed gearbox, has been adapted by Caterham
Technology & Innovation (CTI) - Caterham Group's engineering
division - to complement a re-engineered chassis, which also harks
back to the spirit of former Sevens with major revisions to the
As a renowned specialist in compact and efficient vehicle
design, Suzuki's expertise in the field meant it was the ideal
partner for Caterham in achieving its goal of creating the most
efficient, lightest Seven ever.
The powertrain specialists at CTI have fine-tuned the engine to
suit the highly dynamic Seven, resulting in a car capable of strong
performance while delivering vastly improved fuel economy and
reduced vehicle emissions.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "It is not engine
size that matters, it is the grin factor that is our barometer and
we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle
"Suzuki is a leader in producing compact vehicles with extremely
efficient engines and that is clearly a shared passion. We needed a
particularly light powertrain but it had to be a unit that suited
the characteristics inherent to all Sevens - thankfully, after lots
of hard work, we have a package that works
"Our intention for this car is to offer the joy of the Seven in
distilled form, so the new entry-level car is lighter, cheaper,
more economical and more accessible than ever."
Priced under £17,000, the new model will be launched in Autumn
this year, with first deliveries expected before the end of
He added: "Unfussy and easy to run, it is designed to give a
neutral, supple ride yet carrying the sporting edge and
turn-of-speed expected from any Seven. For a sportscar at this
price point, it delivers on many fronts and we cannot wait to open
the order book."
Suzuki said: "It has been a very interesting and unique project
for us. We trust that supplying our powertrain to Caterham with a
respected reputation for building lightweight, low-volume
sportscars will enhance our 'sporty' brand image."
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