• Feb 7th 2011 at 3:58PM
  • 9
Caterham SP/300R – Click above for high-res image gallery

When Caterham launched the new SP/300.R just last month, it was only the second time (following the short-lived 21 of 1994) the company had veered away from the Lotus 7 formula into new territory. But it won't be the last. Not according to the latest reports.

Britain's Autocar weekly cites Caterham chief Ansar Ali on plans to expand beyond the 7 and the SP/300.R with an additional range or even several new models. The inspiration apparently comes from companies like Porsche that have expanded beyond their traditional sportscar roots with great success.

There's no word on what form the next offering from Caterham could take, but Ali promises it won't be far off from the purist performance machines for which it is known. Nor will it be abandoning the 7, either: to the contrary, Ali insists that the Seven will always be at the heart of Caterham's range.

[Source: Autocar]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes sense. They made the 7 after Lotus stopped. Now that Lotus is getting fatter, they can fill the void again. Best wishes to them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Caterham even realistically have the money to develop a bunch of new models?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have not seen their balance sheet
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like a Caterham road car. Not something far from their roots, just something optimized for twisty backroad fun rather than track duty. The line right now seems quite optimized for the track, which is fun but maybe not a way to expand their market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You make a good point
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still don't know why Lotus 7's are so damn expensive. They're just a pile of pipes and a focus or miata engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because you're not only paying for "a pile of pipes and a focus or miata engine", you're paying for the people that make it have "Caterham" quality instead of a "built-in-a-shed-by-some-guy-named-Bob" quality
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh they're not. They're about as much as a cheap entry-level sub-compact. The entry-level 7 comes in at 16 grand. A little more for a kit and engine. It's even less if you buy it as a complete shell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bunch of pipes and focus or miata engine mimiimimimimimimimi maybe thats why they ARE cheap.
    Share This Photo X