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Caterham prepares Europe’s most powerful Seven yet

6th February 2013 Print
New EU5 Caterham engine

Caterham’s most powerful pan-European homologated Seven to date is nearing completion and will be launched this Spring.
The as-yet-unnamed variant of the iconic Seven sportscar will top the current range of Caterham EUV-compliant vehicles – the 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre engined Roadsport 120, CSR 175 and the Superlight R300.
The Duratec engine that has been a mainstay of Caterham’s premium range of Sevens in the UK for the last five years is being re-developed for EUV type approval by the Caterham Group’s engineering and design consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) and is currently on display at the Retromobile show in Paris.
Production of the new cars will start once EU noise and emissions regulations are met, with first deliveries anticipated by summer.
Caterham Cars’ CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “We’ve long wished to bring our pan-European Seven offering in line with the more powerful cars available in the UK. With the addition to the Caterham family of CTI, we now have additional in-house capability to design and develop products that can do that.
“The new car will be a real boost for all our customers across Europe who like what they see in the R300 but hanker after even more performance. Our motorsport activities in France and Germany, particularly, remain extremely strong so we know that appetite is out there and, for what will be a very competitive price tag, I expect the order book to fill up fast.”
Details about the price of the new Seven and performance statistics will be released in due course.
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New EU5 Caterham engine