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Baby Caterham set for Frankfurt

2013-09-02 14:31

COMPACT POWER: Caterham Cars will be unveiling its prototype concept Seevn 165 at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September. Image: Caterham

Caterham Cars’ new entry-level Seven will be unveiled in prototype concept form at the September 2013 Frankfurt Internatioinal Motor Show.

The British manufacturer of lightweight sports cars says the entry-level variant will provide an accessible new entry point to the current range with a price equivalent to about R330 000.


The car will be called the Caterham Seven 165, a reference primarily to the confirmed 60kW coming from the 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki engine. The company’s engineering consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI), is responsible for fine-tuning the compact unit to deliver increased performance, including torque of 107Nm, balanced against amplified fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.

The number five at the end of the car’s moniker signifies that the vehicle complies with the EU5 emissions standards, allowing it to be sold across mainland Europe. It also complies with the similar JC08 test model for sale in Japan while, in the UK, a different variant of the car - the Caterham Seven 165 - will start from less than R270 000.

Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: “The engineering process involved in the creation of the Caterham Seven 165 is nearing completion and, as we piece together the final elements, the car we believe will inspire a new generation of drivers to become Caterham enthusiasts is taking shape in exciting fashion.


“Earlier in 2013 we launched the fastest, most powerful production Seven we’ve ever launched in Europe – the Seven 485. The 165 will sit at the opposite end of the scale, both in engine size and price, but the beautiful thing is that the two cars will offer exactly the same level of pure driving fun.

"Whether you’re a seasoned hard-core driver or new to sports cars, there will be a Caterham to suit you.”

Production of the Caterham Seven 165 is expected to begin in January 2014, with first deliveries in the third quarter of the same year.

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