We could hardly count all the variants of the iconic Seven which Caterham has produced over the past 40-plus years. Some of them make it to the North American market and some don't, but the British automaker has just announced two new variants heading straight for American shores.

Set to be rolled out in Monterey over Pebble Beach weekend are the Seven 360 and 480. Developed specifically for the US market, these latest variations on the classic Lotus theme are powered by a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec four. The Seven 360 (pictured above) packs 180 horsepower to reach 62 from a standstill in 4.9 seconds and top out at 130 miles per hour, while the Seven 480 ups the ante with 237 hp, a 3.4-second 0-62 time and a 140-mph top speed.

Like all other Caterham Sevens, these latest versions are shipped to the US partially built to Superformance which completes final assembly locally. Pricing for the Seven 360 starts at $44,900, while the Seven 480 will set you back $52,900.
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CATERHAM CARS INTRODUCES TWO NEW MODELS FOR USA

British sportscar maker Caterham Cars has revealed two exciting new variants of its iconic Seven for the US market at Monterey Car Week – the Seven 480 and 360.

Increased American interest in the legendary British sportscar has sparked the launch of the two new models, which have been developed especially for the US market and will go on sale immediately.

Since January 2014, the Caterham Cars range has officially been on sale in the USA through its distributor, Superformance (www.superformance.com).

Sevens are shipped to the USA in part-built form and sold as rolling chassis via Superformance's nationwide dealer network for customers to then complete personally.

The Caterham Seven was first created in England over 40 years ago and is now one of the most recognisable British sportscars. The Seven is famed for its distinctive, classic styling, lightweight structure and legendary performance and handling.

Both the new Seven 480 and Seven 360 models are powered by a two-litre Ford Duratec engine, with the 480 variant benefiting from slightly more power. The Seven 480 reaches 0-62 MPH is just 3.4 seconds with 237BHP and a top speed of 140 MPH.

Meanwhile, the slightly lower-powered Seven 360 reaches 0-62 MPH in an impressive 4.9 seconds with 180 BHP and a top speed of 130 MPH.

Prices start at $44,900 for the Seven 360 and $52,900 for the Seven 480.

W: http://us.caterhamcars.com/


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      Warren Wein
      • 4 Months Ago
      Love these cars, but they really need to help the owners get the cars titled properly. Each state has different DMV rules and its too easy to get stuck in red tape.  I'm still trying to figure it out,4 + years of arguing with no end in sight.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 4 Months Ago

      hmph... I'd rather have a RHD version.   Call me crazy.

      Len Simpson
      • 4 Months Ago

      nice weather weekender

      Charles
      • 4 Months Ago

      I really like the car. Of course I like classics in general. I just wish there were more options for the engine. I am not a Ford fan. 

        Superstevie
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Charles

        I want to buy one with the Suzuki kei engine. Sadly, living in a flat in Scotland with no covered parking area, that's not going to happen. 

      x19x19
      • 4 Months Ago

      Love to have one of these for around 20K.  Caterham's pricing is pretty ridiculous for basically a 4 wheel motorcycle.

      icemilkcoffee
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love the Seven, but that $45-$50k price tag seems to go against everything this minimalist car stood for.

        Foolonthehill
        • 4 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee

        The space frame is still hand made, as were the original Lotus 7s, and by the same sub-contractor if nothing's changed since I owned one 9 years ago.

      Sushma Gupta
      • 4 Months Ago

      Great and a very useful blog for me. Keep sharing.