Caterham Seven Sprint goes retro, just 60 being made

September 12, 2016

If you’re a big fan of the notion of ‘back-to-basics motoring’, Caterham has just launched what could be the perfect car for you. It’s called the Seven Sprint.

2016 Caterham Seven Sprint

As you can see, this is a clear retro throwback to the original Lotus 7. Even the wheels are inspired by original multi-slot ’steelies’ with chrome hub-cabs, wrapped in very narrow tyres. The hub-caps match the chrome side-exit exhaust, chrome window surrounds, and chrome headlights.

The Seven Sprint is all about harking back to the original 7, and fittingly, buyers can option from a range of six nostalgic colours including Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, and Camberwick Green as featured on the car shown above. There’s also Cream, Misty Blue, and the iconic British Racing Green.

Caterham fans will spot the unique front wheel arches which flare out and point at the tip, unlike the wrap-around items on the regular models, as well as the individual taillight setup which isn’t used on the modern-day brothers.

For the cabin there’s a proper wooden steering wheel with matching wood trimmings on the dash, hand-stitched scarlet red upholstery, and a traditional instrument cluster with four main gauges presented to the driver like in the original.

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Being based on the current Seven 160, power comes from a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder Suzuki engine producing 60kW and 107Nm. This doesn’t seem like much power but considering the Seven weighs just 490kg, it translates to a great power-to-weight ratio. As a result, acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 6.9 seconds.

Caterham is planning to make just 60 examples of the Seven Sprint, with prices starting from £27,995 (about AU$49,400). This makes it around 12,000 pounds more expensive than the regular Seven 160.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.