Officially outed in September during the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, treatment the new entry level of the iconic Caterham Seven is now up for grabs, here as the British manufacturer just opened the order book.
Priced from €19,995 without local taxes, the new entry-level variant of the retro sports car is powered by a small displacement turbocharged Suzuki engine. The Seven 165 – UK buyers will have to contend with a different version, called 160 – delivers 80 hp from its 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine, jumping to 100 kph in juts 6.9 seconds and then to a top speed of 161 kph.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “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. The 165 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.”
The new rear axle, a nod to vintage Sevens when it comes to simplicity and purity of design, is another asset, besides the Suzuki engine and iconic low overall body weight. The model still delivers Caterham’s renowned, dynamic handling experience. Production of the Caterham Seven 165 is scheduled to start in January 2014, with first deliveries later that spring.