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2013-08-06 11:16

SUKUZI-POWERED CATERHAM: Caterham has announced its entry-level Seven sports car will be powered by a 660cc, turbo engine from Suzuki. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England - Caterham’s entry-level Seven will be powered by a Suzuki 660cc, turbocharged engine – its smallest and most efficient engine yet.

The new vehicle uses modern engineering to pay tribute to early versions of the iconic Seven with a super-compact and light turbo engine like no other model before it.

While this will be the compact sports car-maker's entry-level offering, it recently unveiled its most extreme model at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.

DYNAMITE PACKAGE

Caterham says: “The efficient, smaller engine will be matched to an equally compact Suzuki five-speed gearbox adapted by Caterham Technology and Innovation to complement a re-engineered chassis, which also harks back to the spirit of former Sevens with major revisions to the suspension layout.”

Suzuki’s expertise in compact and efficient vehicle design meant it was the ideal partner for Caterham in achieving its goal of creating the most efficient and lightest Seven.

Specialists have fine-tuned the engine to suit the Seven for higher performance, improved fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.

'GRIN FACTOR'

Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: “It is not engine size that matters, it is the grin factor that is our barometer and we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle just right.

“Suzuki is a leader in producing compact vehicles with efficient engines and that is clearly a shared passion. We needed a particularly light powertrain but it had to be a unit that suited the characteristics inherent to all Sevens – thankfully, after lots of hard work, we have a package that works brilliantly.   

“Our intention for this car is to offer the joy of the Seven in distilled form, so the new entry-level car is lighter, cheaper, more economical and more accessible than ever.”

Priced at about R257 000, the new model will be launched towards the end of 2013 with first deliveries expected before Christmas.

Suzuki said: “It has been a very interesting and unique project for us. We trust that supplying our powertrain to Caterham with a respected reputation for building lightweight, low-volume sports cars will enhance our ‘sporty’ brand image.”

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