Caterham lets two new cars loose on the US market
By David Szondy
August 16, 2014
American devotees of the Caterham brand got a little love this week as the car maker presented two new models for the US market at Monterey Car Week. The Seven 480 and 360 are the latest variant on the classic, minimalist Caterham Seven sportscar introduced four decades ago, and are available to US customers directly through Caterham’s US distributor.
The Seven 480
According to Caterham, both variants are built around the two-liter Ford Duratec four-cylinder engine with a dry sump system. In the Seven 480, that cranks 237 bhp (174 kW) through the six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. When you consider how small and light a Caterham is, it’s no surprise that the 480 does 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and pegs the speedometer at 140 mph (225 km/h).
Built around a tubular steel frame, the 480 has a wide-body chassis, aluminum body, hand-laminated glass fiber wings and nose cone, 15-in superalloy wheels with ventilated front disc brakes and quad piston calipers, and De-Dion rear suspension with an independent front suspension.
In the cockpit, there are black leather adjustable seats with four-point racing harnesses, suede steering wheel, black-powder coated interior panels, and a black vinyl roof bag.
The Seven 360
The Seven 360 is very similar to the 480, with the main difference being slightly less power at 180 bhp (132 kW). Despite this, it still does 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and tops out at 130 mph (209 km/h). Inside, it also shares a lot in common with the 480 as well, though it does have cloth adjustable seats, carpeted interior, and a Motolita Steering Wheel.
The Seven 480 and 360 are now available for purchase from Caterham’s US distributor, Superperformance, as a part-built rolling chassis that the buyer completes. Starting prices are US$44,900 for the Seven 360 and US$52,900 for the Seven 480.
Source: Caterham CarsShare
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