• Oct 25, 2006

With the bitter end of production of the MG/Rover K-series engine, there was a gaping vacancy left under the hood of the run-of-the-mill Caterham Seven in the UK. Starting in 2007, it's getting a new engine for its 50th birthday. The new powerplant will be Ford's Sigma engine, displacing 1.6-liter in this application. Ford uses this motor in a variety of compact vehicles, such as the Fiesta and Focus, but Caterham's engines will be tuned to produce 120 bhp or 140 bhp. The Roadsport 120 will be fitted with the 120 bhp engine. With the Seven's weight just over 1200 lbs, the 120 bhp engine will allow the car to run 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. The Roadsport 140 will shave almost a full second off the 0-60 at an estimated 5.0 seconds. For the die-hard Seven buyers, the Superlight 140 is lightened 50kg or 110 lbs, which allows it to do 0-60 in about 4.7 seconds with the same engine. The relatively flat torque curve of the Ford Sigma gives just a little bit more performance than the previous K-series motor.

All models will begin production in November, with deliveries to begin at the start of 2007. There will be a more an even more powerful motor available in the second quarter of 2007, so our UK readers will have something to look out for.

[Source: World Car Fans]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      oh snap if that was my daily driver.
      • 8 Years Ago
      On first glance I thought Caterham was getting into the tossable ladder truck business.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's Brooklands in Surrey. Engerland. It's the first oval. It's where they developed the Blower Bentleys. It's in a bit of a sorry state now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One of the coolest cars. Ever.

      There is one going around my town, don't know if it's real or a kit, but it stops me in my tracks whenever I see it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are Se7ens road legal in the US? I think it would be awesome to have a small car like this with amazing performance as a daily driver.

      The 120hp one probably gets 25-30 mpg easy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ooh what a wonderfull car...
      • 8 Years Ago
      that thing needs a supercharger.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's almost a return to its roots, when Lotus introduced the Super Seven, it was powered by Ford engines until Lotus ceased the production of the Super Seven and Caterham buyed the rights of tooling and reproduction of the Super Seven http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Super_Seven
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterham_Cars
      • 8 Years Ago
      ... and safe too!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing must be among the most amazing cars to drive.