The range of Caterham Seven sports cars was multitudinous and, frankly, pretty confusing. The company’s bosses have finally recognised as much and streamlined the range, with five core models available in three specifications.
As before, each model carries a number indicating the power-to-weight ratio. The basic 160, with its Daihatsu-sourced 80bhp turbo triple engine, and deranged Ford Duratec-powered, 310bhp 620 continue unchanged.
The new additions to the range are badged 270, 360 and 420. The 270 uses a 135bhp, 1.6-litre Ford Sigma motor, enough for 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds. Both 360 and 420 use the 2.0-litre Duratec unit, producing 180bhp and 210bhp, respectively. Both offer four second-ish 0-62mph times.
Beyond the standard spec, there are two new option packs; the road-orientated S Pack, which replaces the Roadsport trim, and the track-focussed R Pack.
S spec cars comes with 14-inch wheels, full windscreen, hood and sidescreens, leather seats, fully carpeted interior and a heater.
The R Pack includes a limited-slip differential, lightweight flywheel, sports suspension, 15-inch wheels, carbonfibre dashboard, composite race seats and four-point harnesses.
Caterham CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “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.”
Although, you can swap options around between the packs. So you can have 15s on an S Pack or a windscreen on an R Pack. So it’s not quite as simple as all that. Well, this Caterham. It wouldn’t be the same if you couldn’t tie the spec sheet in knots.
The revised Caterham Seven range is on sale now, prices from £18,995.