The Caterham 7 concept has never changed since the original Lotus design of 1957. The car is paired down to the pure experience of driving. Luxuries are kept to a minimum to allow an incredible power to weight ratio. Along with a stiff chassis and near perfect weight distribution, this makes the Caterham great fun to drive. Practicality isn’t something considered with this car. It is more suitable for track days and weekend blasts than everyday driving. There’s something for everyone within the amusingly extensive 7 range just as long as you want a small, agile sports car with no frills and plenty of character.
Entry into the Caterham range starts with the 7 Classic at a very reasonable price but bear in mind that the options list includes such luxuries as heater, weather gear and paint. There is even the option to build it yourself!
The Caterham 7 Roadsport range is designed for use both on and off the track. It has ample power (there are 150bhp and 175bhp engine upgrades for those who need more) along with weather equipment, carpets and a heater as standard.
The Caterham 7 Supersport was added to the range in 2011 to bring track-day thrills to a wider audience. It comes with a Caterham Motorsport-tuned 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, five-speed 'sprint' ratio gearing, lightweight flywheel and race-prepared suspension with high performance tyres on its 13" wheels.
The Caterham 7 Superlight has a track oriented specification with carbon fibre panels and wide-track suspension. It is offered with a range of power upgrades from the standard 150bhp 1.6L Sigma engine shown here, to the R500 263bhp 2.0L Caterham Powertrain Ford Duratec.