Colin Chapman would be proud to see how far his iconic Seven has come. He, along with his team at Lotus, built the original Seven from 1957 to 1972 and sold the rights to Caterham in 1973. Caterham’s newest version stays true to the original formula.
According to a release issued by Caterham on Aug. 13, two new models are to be introduced by Caterham in Monterey this weekend: the Seven 480 and the 360. Under the bonnet is the featherweight aluminum 2.0L Ford four cylinder. The 480 model has 237 hp that can jump to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds while on the way to a 140 mph top speed. For a less aggressive launch, the 360 offers 180 hp and 4.9 seconds to reach 62 mph.
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With a curb weight of 1,179 lbs, the Seven is the lightest street legal car in the US. With no A/C or automatic transmission, it is a true driver’s car. Suspension and aero settings are adjustable to achieve the perfect lap time. For the ultimate experience, all models of the Seven are available unassembled with a detailed manual for the do-it-yourself crowd. On sale now from Superformance dealers nationwide, pricing starts at $44,900 for the 360 and $52,900 for the 480.
Caterham 480 Gallery by Ted7
Caterham 360 Gallery
(Source: Caterham Cars)