New Caterham Seven entry-level lightweight on the way

June 3, 2013

Caterham is planning to introduce a new entry-level lightweight Seven, and has just released a teaser image to prove it. The image doesn’t reveal much other than the traditional semi-open-wheel layout.

Entry-level Caterham Seven preview

The new version will be the entry-level model showcasing modern advances, particularly in the area of emissions and versatility.

As a result, the new Seven won’t be as much about outright speed and power, but more about fuel economy and driving flexibility. Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said in a recent statement,

“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary at Caterham, it feels good to be taking the brand right back to where it started. Colin Chapman designed the original Seven to be entirely ‘fit-for-purpose’ – a racing car for the road with the driving experience at its heart.

“With that in mind, the new entry-level Seven will be uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive.”

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Caterham says the car will feature a “super-compact, flexible and EU6-compliant engine”. Some rumours are suggesting it could borrow the new Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder unit.

The new model will also be the company’s cheapest model, entering the market at under £17,000 (approximately AU$26,989 after a straight conversion).

In Australia, the entry-level Seven is the Roadsport SV 120, which comes with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder producing 85kW and 155Nm. It’s able to tackle 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds, and offers a fuel economy rating of 6.2L/100km. Prices start at $57,275.

More details on the new version are expected in the very near future.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. 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 His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.