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Caterham Seven 275 arrives

More for less: Caterham's new entry level Seven sportscar is cheaper and faster, but higher-spec 2.0-litre versions have gone up in price.

More powerful and cheaper Caterham Seven 275 replaces base 120, 175 dropped

Caterham logo2 Jul 2015

CATERHAM has dropped the price of its entry level Seven bantamweight sportscar and treated it to a power boost, with the $68,990 before on road costs 275 replacing the previous Seven Roadsport 120.

The power upgrade of 15kW takes the output of the 1.6-litre Ford Sigma four-cylinder to 100kW, but despite the improvement in performance, its local price has dropped by $1000.

Its extra power allows the SV 275 to accelerate to 100km/h from standstill half a second faster than its predecessor's 6.0-second dash, but only uses 6.2-litres of fuel per 100 kilometres when driven more sedately.

The previous SV 175 has been dropped from the line-up, while the middle of the range CSR has increased in price by $2000 to $91,990. The price of the flagship and top-performing SV 485 has also increased to $116,990 (up $8000) but now has an LSD as standard.

For the new variant, a five-speed manual gearbox sends power to the De Dion rear axle, but can be optionally upgraded to a closer-ratio six-speed version.

14-inch wheels with Avon ZV3 tyres are standard fare but can also be swapped for six-spoke 15-inch hoops.

As one might expect from a car weighing fewer than 700kg, standard equipment is basic. Carpets, and cloth trim, removable top and doors and a heater are included in the price, whereas paint and leather upholstery are not.

Customers can have just the nose cone and mud guards painted in a choice of six colours for no extra cost.

For track enthusiasts, Caterham will supply a range of performance-focused options including a limited-slip differential, uprated adjustable suspension, adjustable rear anti-roll bar, four-point harnesses, roll-over hoop and a battery kill switch.

For an aesthetic tweak, owners can order a carbon-fibre dashboard and a Black Pack, which trims the headlight pods and windscreen frame in black and adds carbon-fibre sill protectors and rear-arch guards.

An optional tonneau cover and a half hood with zip add more foul weather protection and ease of cockpit access. Taller drivers can also request the floor to be lowered.

Both higher-spec CSR and 485 variants are powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, with 127kW for the mid-range car and 177kW for the flagship thanks to a turbocharger.

While the Caterham cars range may be light on comfort options, the company says the sacrifices are required for a more involving and rewarding driving experience.

“Irrespective of the model chosen, all Caterhams offer a pure divining experience and the light weight chassis offers unique dynamics and steering feel for those who can appreciate it,” it said.

Caterham Seven pricing*
275$68,990
CSR$91,990
485$116,990
*Excludes on-road costs.

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