If you’re looking to have fun on a shoestring power budget – let’s say 95 horsepower – then going down the route of the new Caterham Seven SuperSprint is the right way.
We may remember that times were different back some 60 years ago when Colin Chapman first delivered its iconic Lotus Seven – and we’re not talking about NATO saying we live in more dangerous times than three decades ago. Instead we’re going to reminisce better things – via Caterham’s new way of capturing the magic of the time: the vintage-flavored Seven SuperSprint limited series that premiered over the weekend at the Goodwood Revival. It’s only getting 60 units, so you better act fast if you want this feisty three-cylinder Suzuki 660-cc engine with 95 hp that bodes well with one of the lightest cars around.
You can even go egotistical on everyone with Caterham’s tonneau cover that makes the SuperSprint strictly a single-seater sports car. Inside you’ll find a wooden sports steering wheel, on the outside there are only six different paint schemes – each nicknamed after a famous track. Other perks come in the form of a limited-slip differential, adjustable suspension, and a Brooklands aero windscreen, the cockpit featuring quilted stitched seats, battery master cut off switch There are even optional goodies – stainless steel rear wing guards and sidescreen armrests covered in Innes Tan, Scottish Muirhead leather. If you though 95 hp is too few, then this Seven SuperSprint might think differently – 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) is handled in 6.9 seconds and the Caterham stops at 100 mph (161 kph), with pricing kicking off at £29,995 OTR in the United Kingdom.