Caterham Unleashes Three Brand New Models Of The Legendary Seven For 2015


March 23, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 3, 2015

Caterham New Range

  • Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420 now on sale in the UK
  • Caterham range rationalised to five core models
  • Seven 270 uses new, latest-generation TiVCT Ford Sigma 1.6 engine
  • New ‘S’ and ‘R’ equipment packs available on all models

Caterham Cars has introduced three brand new additions to its existing range of iconic sportscars.

The Seven 270, 360 and 480 are all available in the UK immediately. The introduction of these three new variants simplifies Caterham’s range to comprise five core models. In addition, all Caterham Sevens can now be specified with brand new ‘S’ or ‘R’ equipment packages.***

Like all Sevens, the new variants adhere to Caterham’s brand mantra of delivering ‘accessible fun’ through the traditional Caterham minimalistic, lightweight approach to sportscar engineering.

The three new vehicles sit between the existing range bookends – the entry-level Seven 160 and the supercharged 620R, the most powerful production Seven ever built.

Launched in 2013, the Seven 160 embodies the pioneering spirit of early Sevens with its compact 3-cylinder engine and live-axle rear suspension. Next up is the new 270 model, powered by the latest-generation 1.6 Ford Sigma engine with variable-valve timing technology and offering a 10bhp power upgrade from the outgoing Roadsport 125 it replaces.

Sitting in the middle of the range is the Seven 360, which runs the same 2.0 Ford Duratec power unit as Caterham’s flagship R300 race cars, offering the perfect balance between road and race track.

The penultimate model in the line-up is the Seven 420, which features a dry sump and is also powered by the 2.0 Ford Duratec, although benefitting from modifications which offer 210bhp. At the top of the range, is Caterham’s mighty 620R, which also runs a finely-tuned 2.0 Ford Duratec that pumps out an extreme 310bhp and reaches 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds.

Model RRP** Power
(BHP)
0-62
(MPH)
Top
Speed (MPH)
Out-going model
Seven 160 £18,995 80 6.9 secs 100
Seven 270 £22,995  135 5.0 secs 122 Roadsport 140
Supersport
Seven 360 £26,995 180 4.8 secs 130 Roadsport 175
Supersport R
Seven 420 £29,995 210 4.0 secs 136 Superlight R400
Seven 620 £49,995 310 2.8 secs 155

The British sportscar maker has also introduced two brand new equipment packages, which are available on all models.*** The new ‘S’ and ‘R’ packs offer specially-tailored trim and equipment packages to suit both road and track drivers.

The ‘S’ pack is geared towards the casual road driver and includes creature comforts such as a fully-carpeted cockpit, full windscreen, hood and side screens and leather seats. Meanwhile, the ‘R’ pack is more track-focused, whilst retaining its road car status by offering limited-slip differential, sports suspension and a four-point race harness.

The ‘R’ pack also offers 15” Orcus alloy wheels, which have been exclusively designed for Caterham and are 10% lighter than the outgoing 15” alloy wheel.  In the cockpit, the unique ‘R’ rev-counter has been orientated to optimise it for use at high rpm. For customers with pure track driving in mind, a 13” alloy wheel is available as an option with the ‘R’ pack; customers choosing this option will also benefit from an upgraded suspension geometry set-up to ensure the ultimate in race track handling.

S Pack± R Pack±
5-Speed gearbox 5-speed gearbox
Road suspension pack Limited-slip differential
14” classic alloy wheels with 185/60 tyres Lightweight flywheel
Fully carpeted interior Sport suspension pack
Full windscreen, hood and side screens 15” Orcus alloy wheels with 195/45 tyres
‘S’ key, gearknob and instrument design Uprated brake master cylinder
Heater Carbon fibre dashboard
Black leather seats Composite race seats
Momo steering wheel Momo steering wheel
Choice of four paint finishes 4-point race harness
Black pack
‘R’ key, gearknob and instrument design
Shift light
Choice of four paint finishes

Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “Caterham Cars has been making exciting sportscars accessible to driving enthusiasts for over 40 years.

“Now, with our all-new, simplified model line-up and equipment packages, we feel we have a Seven for everyone, whether your perfect drive is a Sunday drive through the countryside or a hardcore blast around a race track.

“The Caterham brand has always had simplicity at its heart. While the pure thrill of driving remains at the core of our iconic Seven design, the experience of selecting and buying a Caterham is one that now reflects the brand’s values of effortlessness and intuition.”

**                   Prices based on factory built standard S3 chassis
***                  Packs vary as below
±                    Equipment listed available on 270, 360, 420 models.
‘S’ package only available on 160, contents varies to that listed above
620 available in ‘R’ pack only, contents varies to that listed above

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Caterham Seven 270 Specification

Engine Ford Sigma 1596cc, four cylinder, Ti-VCT, naturally aspirated.
Max Power (bhp/rpm) 135bhp @ 6,800rpm
Max Torque (Nm/rpm) 165Nm @ 4,100rpm
Weight 540kg (270S)
0-60mph 5.0 seconds
Power-to-weight 250 bhp-per-tonne
Top Speed 122mph

Standard equipment

  • Caterham tuned 135bhp Ford Sigma 1596cc, four cylinder, Ti-VCT, naturally aspirated.
  • 5-speed gearbox
  • Aluminum painted body with composite panels. Choice of Black, Red, Green, Yellow
  • Cloth adjustable seats
  • Motolita steering wheel
  • Inertia reel lap + diagonal seat belts
  • S Pack includes: Leather seats, carpeted interior, heater, full windscreen and hood, Momo steering wheel and a choice of four paint finishes.
  • R Pack includes: Limited slip differential, lightweight flywheel, ‘Sport’ suspension, 15” Caterham Orcus aluminium wheels, Uprated brake master cylinder, carbon-fibre dash, race seats, Momo steering wheel, four-point harness seat belts and a choice of four paint finishes.

Suspension

Front: Unequal length double wishbones, anti-roll bar, coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus ‘wide track’ front suspension geometry).

Rear:   Dedion semi-independent suspension with radius arms and A-frame linkage; progressive coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus adjustable anti-roll bar).

Brakes
Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear.

Steering
Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock

Wheels and Tyres
Tyres Avon 185/60/R14  (R Pack = 195/50R15)

‘Classic’ 8 spoke aluminium wheels 6″ x 14″  (R Pack = ‘Orcus’ 6 spoke aluminium wheels 6.5”x15”)

Caterham Seven 360 Specification

Engine Ford Duratec 1999cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated
Max Power (bhp/rpm) 180bhp @ 7,300rpm
Max Torque (Nm/rpm) 194Nm @ 6,100rpm
Weight 560kg (360S)
0-60mph 4.8 seconds
Power-to-weight 321 bhp-per-tonne
Top Speed 130mph

Standard equipment

  • Caterham tuned 180bhp Ford Duratec 1999cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated
  • 5-speed gearbox
  • Aluminum painted body with composite panels. Choice of Black, Red, Green, Yellow
  • Cloth adjustable seats
  • Motolita steering wheel
  • Inertia reel lap + diagonal seat belts
  • S Pack includes: Leather seats, carpeted interior, heater, full windscreen and hood, Momo steering wheel and a choice of four paint finishes.
  • R Pack includes: Limited slip differential, lightweight flywheel, ‘Sport’ suspension, 15” Caterham Orcus aluminium wheels, Uprated brake master cylinder, carbon-fibre dash, race seats, Momo steering wheel, four-point harness seat belts and a choice of four paint finishes.

Suspension

Front: Unequal length double wishbones, anti-roll bar, coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus ‘wide track’ front suspension geometry).

Rear:   Dedion semi-independent suspension with radius arms and A-frame linkage; progressive coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus adjustable anti-roll bar).

Brakes
Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear.

Steering
Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock

Wheels and Tyres
Tyres Avon 185/60/R14  (R Pack = 195/50R15)

‘Classic’ 8 spoke aluminium wheels 6″ x 14″  (R Pack = ‘Orcus’ 6 spoke aluminium wheels 6.5”x15”)

Caterham Seven 420 Specification

Engine Ford Duratec 1999cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated
Max Power (bhp/rpm) 210bhp @ 7,600rpm
Max Torque (Nm/rpm) 203Nm @ 6,300rpm
Weight 560kg (420S)
0-60mph 3.8 seconds
Power-to-weight 375 bhp-per-tonne
Top Speed 136mph

Standard equipment

  • Caterham tuned 210bhp Ford Duratec 1999cc, four cylinder, naturally aspirated
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • 5-speed gearbox
  • Aluminum painted body with composite panels. Choice of Black, Red, Green, Yellow
  • Cloth adjustable seats
  • Motolita steering wheel
  • Inertia reel lap + diagonal seat belts
  • S Pack includes: Leather seats, carpeted interior, heater, full windscreen and hood, Momo steering wheel and a choice of four paint finishes.
  • R Pack includes: Limited slip differential, lightweight flywheel, ‘Sport’ suspension, 15” Caterham Orcus aluminium wheels, Uprated brake master cylinder, carbon-fibre dash, race seats, Momo steering wheel, four-point harness seat belts and a choice of four paint finishes.

Suspension

Front: Unequal length double wishbones, anti-roll bar, coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus ‘wide track’ front suspension geometry).

Rear:   Dedion semi-independent suspension with radius arms and A-frame linkage; progressive coil springs over Caterham Bilstein road dampers.  (R Pack = plus adjustable anti-roll bar).

Brakes
Twin circuit split front/rear with low level warning system. Discs front and rear.

Steering
Rack and pinion, 1.93 turns lock to lock

Wheels and Tyres
Tyres Avon 185/60/R14  (R Pack = 195/50R15)

‘Classic’ 8 spoke aluminium wheels 6″ x 14″  (R Pack = ‘Orcus’ 6 spoke aluminium wheels 6.5”x15”)

For more information, please visit www.caterham.com.