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The most fun you can have in a car for under UKP15,000


March 3, 2006

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March 4, 2006 Anyone who has driven one will tell you the Caterham Seven is a fun car to drive, though now it’s official. The British sportscar manufacturer took the chequered flag first in a Test Drive Magazine Supertest to find the best fun car for a £15,000 budget. The Caterham 1.4 Classic beat off stiff competition from rivals such as the Mazda MX-5, Ford Streetka and Mini Cooper to take the chequered flag for its all round good looks, speed, engine performance and driveability.

Priced at just £15,450 the Caterham Classic, which can complete a 0-60mph sprint in a hell raising 6.5 seconds, was also voted Test Drive Magazine’s Best Buy and raced away with a four and a half out of five star rating. Under the bonnet a 1.4 litre 16 valve engine charges the two seater to a top speed of 110mph. With a power to weight ratio equivalent to a Porsche Boxster it is easy to understand why the Classic is such an exhilarating drive. Delivering more smiles per mile than anything else tested, those looking for unadulterated fun can pick up a Caterham Classic from only £15,450 or build it themselves with the kit version priced from £12,950.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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