You might remember we live in the century of speed – where everything has to be faster and better all the time – well, take a moment to relax and have some Caterham fun with 80 hp on tap.
Back in the 1960s when Lotus was actually in charge of manufacturing the Seven, the Sprint version was programmed to debut – but history’s intricate innards made that idea unsuccessful. Now Caterham has decided to finally introduce the variant and will try to make up for the lost decades by releasing the retro-flavored Seven Sprint – a factory-built limited series that encompasses just 60 examples. The heart and soul is the same Suzuki engine with 80 horsepower usually fitted in the base Seven 160 model. The latter costs in U.K. £15,995, but the Seven Sprint is going to put a hole in your pocket with the £27,995 base price.
For the extra £12,000 the automaker delivers retro-inspired “nostalgia-soaked features,” including one of six original colors available back in 1966 and 1967: Cream, Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green, and Misty Blue. Just like the Series 2 Lotus 7, the Sprint has a powder-coated finish and a special rollover bar and suspension mimicking Colin Chapman’s iconic model. It also has Seven-inspired flared front wings, individual taillights, and a polished exhaust silencer. There are also vintage Caterham branding and Sprint logo.
The cabin gets the same treatment, complete with wooden-rimmed steering wheel and wood effect dashboard, the classic oOOo instrument layout and hand-stitched Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery finished in scarlet red. Performance is the same as in any Seven 160, with 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) done in 6.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 100 mph (161 kph).