Caterham, and Lotus before them, has been building the most oldschool sports cars on the market under the name Seven. Unlike many other manufacturers, however, at Caterham they do not aim for as much power as possible, but rather for simplicity and manoeuvrability. For example, their latest addition to the Seven range will have the narrowest profile, lightest weight and smallest motor ever.
Do it yourself
Under the remarkably long hood of the Caterham Seven 170 we find a lot of emptiness and a three-cylinder Suzuki block with 660 cc. We already know that power source from the previous 160 version and it produces 84 hp and 116 Nm of torque. A little on the lean side, you might think, but so is the rest of the car: the Seven 170 weighs just 440 kilograms, good for a power-to-weight ratio of—yes—170 hp per tonne.
Caterham offers its new base Seven as 170, 170S and 170R. The S is the most luxurious version there—although that is still relative—with a slightly softer suspension and actually a windscreen. The R offers the opposite experience thanks to bucket seats with racing belts, a sturdy sports suspension and a limited-slip differential. You can order your Caterham as usual in one piece or as a kit, where you still have to build the car yourself. Then count on around 27,000 euros for the cheapest Caterham kit.