Following Caterham’s acquisition by Japan-headquartered automotive group VT Holdings, the Seven 170 is their first new model under new management and represents the lightest Caterham Seven ever at just over 440 kg, thus complying with Japan’s world-famous Kei car regulations. Measuring just 1470 mm in width, it’s 105 mm narrower than anything else within its current range, thus making it the smallest Seven, too.
The power-to-weight ratio in excess of 170bhp-per-tonne comes in part as a result of the Suzuki-derived 660cc turbocharged motor, producing 62 kW and 116 N.m. Thanks to 155-section tyres and a live rear axle, the Seven 170 allows for drivers of all driving capabilities to extract the Seven’s full potential. 0-100 km/h is achieved in just 6,9 seconds and its top speed exceeds 160 km/h.
With a CO2 figure of 109g/km, the Seven 170 is even greener than some hybrid vehicles and is both ULEZ and Euro 6 compliant, thanks in part to its powertrain, but also its lightweight construction and aerodynamic design.
Buyers can choose from two packs, the road-ready 170S or the stripped back, more track-focused 170R with both models being available as either a complete kit or factory built.
New alloy wheels, rear LED lights and a new stripe design are available on the Seven 170 and make their first appearance here having not been available on previous models.
With a five-speed gearbox, road suspension pack, 14-inch Silver Juno alloy wheels, full windscreen and weather gear including a hood and side screen, black leather seats, a Momo steering wheel and in a choice of four paint colours, the 170S offers a slightly more subdued experience and is ideal for the more “laid back” driver.
The 170R, however, is now an additional variant not previously available on the Seven 160 and features a five-speed gearbox, sport suspension pack, 14-inch Black Juno alloy wheels, composite race seats, a four-point race harness, limited-slip differential, Momo steering wheel, carbon-fibre dashboard and four paint options.
“The Seven 170 really distils the brand’s reputation for offering accessible, simple, light-weight sports cars.
“Given the popularity of the 160, we’re really excited by the potential the Seven 170 offers customers.” Said Graham Macdonald, CEO of Caterham.
Pricing for the Caterham 170 starts at £22 990 (approximately R471 000) in kit form.