If you’ve never been to a track day event before, you are missing out. It’s an amazing environment where you are surrounded by people with a shared passion for driving. And, better yet, track days do not discriminate. No matter what car you have, exotic, classic, luxury or what have you, it’s always fun to take a lap around a track. But what can make these track days even more fun is experiencing them behind the wheel of a Caterham. More specifically, behind the wheel of the all-new entry-level Caterham Seven 160.
The Seven 160 calls back to the Lotus 7, a car that has again and again inspired Caterham. Just like the classic Lotus, the 160 connects the driver directly to the road through a low ride, precise steering and a traditional drive. A 3-cylinder turbocharged Suzuki engine powers the little track-monster, which is worked through a 5-speed gearbox. This seemingly small engine carries the 1,080 lbs car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 100 mph. These speed figures may not top a Ferrari on the track, but 100 mph in a tiny Caterham is more exhilarating than most are willing to admit.
What makes the Seven 160 an entry-level Caterham is not just it’s tamer “performance” when compared to its bigger brothers, like the Seven 620 R, but also it’s price tag. When purchased as a kit to be assembled by the buyer, the Seven 160 will cost roughly $24,200. A fully-assembled Seven 160 can be purchased for roughly $29,000.
Also available for the Seven 160 are a list of options that will only increase the driving experience:
- Lowered floors
- Carpeted interior
- Full windscreen and weather equipment
- Tonneau cover
- Black pack
- Leather adjustable seats
- Momo Q/R steering wheel
- Aluminum Aero filler cap
- Spare wheel and carrier
- 12v power socket