Caterham Seven makes sense with new 270, 360 and 420 models

Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420
  • Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420
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  • Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420
  • Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420
  • Caterham Seven 270 S
  • Caterham Seven 360 R
  • Caterham Seven 420 R
  • Caterham Seven 270 R
  • Caterham Seven 270 S
  • Caterham Seven 270 R
  • Caterham Seven 360 R
  • Caterham Seven 420 R
A Caterham Seven is a Caterham Seven, right? Well, yes and no: they're all based on the same original Lotus design, but as far as performance and price go, there's a broad range of models available. Caterham knows it was all getting rather confusing, though, so as promised, it's simplifying things with the launch of three new models.

Slotting in between the base Seven 160 (with just 80 horsepower) and the top-of-the-lie Seven 620 we recently drove (with 310 hp) will be the new Seven 270, 360 and 420. The 270 replaces the old Roadsport 140 and Supersport and packs a new 1.6-liter Ford Sigma engine good for 135 horsepower. The 360 takes the place of the outgoing Roadsport 175 and Supersport R with 180 hp from a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec. And the Seven 420 packs the same engine but with dry-sump lubrication and 210 hp to replace the Superlight R400.

Each designation, we understand, indicates that model's approximate power-to-weight ratio, and depending on the model, buyers will also be able to upgrade with S and R packs of upgraded equipment. The resulting array of models (in the company's home market anyway) means that the Caterham Seven can be had in stages of performance to give it a 0-62 time from as (relatively) pedestrian as 6.9 seconds to as mind-blowing as 2.8, with prices more than doubling but with incremental upgrades in performance and equipment along a five-step ladder that we can actually wrap our heads around for the first time.
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- Caterham Seven 270, 360 and 420 now on sale in the UK
- Caterham range rationalised to five core models
- Seven 270 uses new, latest-generation TiVCT Ford Sigma 1.6 engine
- New 'S' and 'R' equipment packs available on all models

Caterham Cars has introduced three brand new additions to its existing range of iconic sportscars.

The Seven 270, 360 and 480 are all available in the UK immediately. The introduction of these three new variants simplifies Caterham's range to comprise five core models. In addition, all Caterham Sevens can now be specified with brand new 'S' or 'R' equipment packages.***

Like all Sevens, the new variants adhere to Caterham's brand mantra of delivering 'accessible fun' through the traditional Caterham minimalistic, lightweight approach to sportscar engineering.

The three new vehicles sit between the existing range bookends – the entry-level Seven 160 and the supercharged 620R, the most powerful production Seven ever built.

Launched in 2013, the Seven 160 embodies the pioneering spirit of early Sevens with its compact 3-cylinder engine and live-axle rear suspension. Next up is the new 270 model, powered by the latest-generation 1.6 Ford Sigma engine with variable-valve timing technology and offering a 10bhp power upgrade from the outgoing Roadsport 125 it replaces.

Sitting in the middle of the range is the Seven 360, which runs the same 2.0 Ford Duratec power unit as Caterham's flagship R300 race cars, offering the perfect balance between road and race track.

The penultimate model in the line-up is the Seven 420, which features a dry sump and is also powered by the 2.0 Ford Duratec, although benefitting from modifications which offer 210bhp. At the top of the range, is Caterham's mighty 620R, which also runs a finely-tuned 2.0 Ford Duratec that pumps out an extreme 310bhp and reaches 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds.

Model RRP** Power
Speed (MPH)
Out-going model
Seven 160 £18,995 80 6.9 secs 100 -
Seven 270 £22,995 135 5.0 secs 122 Roadsport 140
Seven 360 £26,995 180 4.8 secs 130 Roadsport 175
Supersport R
Seven 420 £29,995 210 4.0 secs 136 Superlight R400
Seven 620 £49,995 310 2.8 secs 155 -

The British sportscar maker has also introduced two brand new equipment packages, which are available on all models.*** The new 'S' and 'R' packs offer specially-tailored trim and equipment packages to suit both road and track drivers.

The 'S' pack is geared towards the casual road driver and includes creature comforts such as a fully-carpeted cockpit, full windscreen, hood and side screens and leather seats. Meanwhile, the 'R' pack is more track-focused, whilst retaining its road car status by offering limited-slip differential, sports suspension and a four-point race harness.

The 'R' pack also offers 15" Orcus alloy wheels, which have been exclusively designed for Caterham and are 10% lighter than the outgoing 15" alloy wheel. In the cockpit, the unique 'R' rev-counter has been orientated to optimise it for use at high rpm. For customers with pure track driving in mind, a 13" alloy wheel is available as an option with the 'R' pack; customers choosing this option will also benefit from an upgraded suspension geometry set-up to ensure the ultimate in race track handling.

S Pack± R Pack±
5-Speed gearbox 5-speed gearbox
Road suspension pack Limited-slip differential
14" classic alloy wheels with 185/60 tyres Lightweight flywheel
Fully carpeted interior Sport suspension pack
Full windscreen, hood and side screens 15" Orcus alloy wheels with 195/45 tyres
'S' key, gearknob and instrument design Uprated brake master cylinder
Heater Carbon fibre dashboard
Black leather seats Composite race seats
Momo steering wheel Momo steering wheel
Choice of four paint finishes 4-point race harness
Black pack
'R' key, gearknob and instrument design
Shift light
Choice of four paint finishes
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: "Caterham Cars has been making exciting sportscars accessible to driving enthusiasts for over 40 years.

"Now, with our all-new, simplified model line-up and equipment packages, we feel we have a Seven for everyone, whether your perfect drive is a Sunday drive through the countryside or a hardcore blast around a race track.

"The Caterham brand has always had simplicity at its heart. While the pure thrill of driving remains at the core of our iconic Seven design, the experience of selecting and buying a Caterham is one that now reflects the brand's values of effortlessness and intuition."

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