• Sep 8, 2010
Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lightweight aficionados rejoice! Caterham has announced a new special edition roadster is joining its ever-expanding lineup. Allow us to introduce you to the Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco. The brushed aluminum bodywork looks resplendent alongside the black nose and fenders. The red and white stripes which run up the nose and across the sides of the car represent the Monegasque flag – the official flag of Monaco. The theme continues into the cabin where the black and red color scheme is designed to represent the roulette wheels accessible throughout Casino Square.

The Caterham Roadsport 125 Monaco is powered by the same engine and transmission combination found in the Lambretta special edition – a 125 horsepower 1.6-liter Ford-sourced four-cylinder paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. Since Caterham adheres to Colin Chapman's philosophy of lighter is faster, the 125 hp mill should provide plenty of thrills behind the wheel.

Pricing for the Roadsport 125 Monaco is set at £20,995 or around $33,000 U.S. However, Caterham is offering a discount on the first 20 Monacos sold. If you act early, you can scoop one up for £19,995 which is a hair over $31,000 US.


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MONTE CARLO OR BUST? NOT WITH CATERHAM'S MONACO SPECIAL EDITION
09/08/10
  • Roadsport 125 Monaco remains true to Colin Champan's original 1957 design and lightweight philosophy.
  • Brushed aluminum bodywork complimented with red and white Monegasque flag motif.
  • Interior color scheme aims to capture spirit of roulette wheels found in Casino Square.
  • Newest entry-level Caterham special-edition car priced at £20,995 but first 20 orders available for £19,995.
  • It features a five-speed manual gearbox mated to a 1.6-liter Ford engine with a power-to-weight ratio of 227bhp per tonne.
Caterham Cars is evoking the elegance, class and rich motorsport heritage of Monte Carlo with the latest Special Edition of its similarly timeless sportscar, the Roadsport 125 Monaco.

The latest incarnation of Caterham's iconic Seven remains true to Colin Chapman's original 1957 design in both its lightweight philosophy and its bespoke, retro styling.

Harking back to the golden era of motorsport, the Monaco features Caterham's brushed aluminium bodywork, with black nose and wheel guards, while the familiar red and white of the Monegasque flag form a motif that runs the length of the car.

In the cockpit, the theme is naturally continued, with hand-tailored black leather interior featuring red highlights pairing with the black body trim to capture a colour scheme reminiscent of the roulette wheels found in Casino Square complete the evocative '50s feel.

The Monaco is the latest in a series of entry-level Caterham Special Editions which traditionally suffer little or no depreciation – the Beaulieu launched in 2001 now typically sells for more than its original list price.

For just £20,995, the Monaco combines Caterham's thrilling performance and driving experience with a unique touch of European flare and glamour. However, the first 20 cars to be ordered are available for just £19,995.

Under the skin, the engineering is pure Caterham. The 1.6-litre Ford engine produces a top speed of 112mph and a power-to-weight ratio of 227bhp per tonne.

The 5-speed gearbox propels the lightweight 500kg chassis from 0-60mph in under six seconds and full weather kit means the Roadsport is thoroughly enjoyable in any conditions.

Options include the wide SV chassis and a lowered floor for extra comfort in the cockpit, while all black trim is also available.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      One, please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      apparently the designers at caterham have an easier job than those at porsche
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keeping the Lotus 7 spirit alive
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd prefer an Ariel Atom, but not for, what, $50k more?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The extra expense thing, caterham is the proven name.

      When you get bigger in business, complexity can be very hard to fight. Caterham company is most probably as much like their cars as possible, simple and light, but even so, there's still a certain amount of complexity, time and money involved in the running of it as they are bigger than most 7 guys and have dealers and servicing stuff to deal with. This is a guess, mind, but it's my bet.

      Oh, and then the lighter versions use carbon fibre and some tricker bits. More bucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love these cars: tons of performance and nothing to go wrong.

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      "the Monegasque flag – the official flag of Monaco" No S--- Sherlock.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Caterham really just needs to throw an EcoBoost™ into one of their cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did they park it in the wall for the press photo??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it would look best in all black.