April 09, 2020
... and now for something completely different
This isn't exactly what we anticipated when it came to launching our new car...
As the title of this article suggests, we're doing something a little unexpected. We appreciate that everyone is self-isolating or working from home, so firstly - we hope that you and your family are safe, healthy and are doing well. Thank you for taking the time to come and have a look and what we're up to.
Welcome to the launch of the latest addition to the Caterham line-up. We've thought long and hard about this, and yes it's a little mad, but we hope you love the Super Seven 1600 as much as we do.
Our team has been working round the clock to bring the Super Seven to life. Numerous road tests, journalist loans and (thanks to the typical British weather) multiple video and photoshoots. In the more recent weeks, our management, directorial and marketing teams have been working from home, as everyone else has, to help launch the new Super Seven 1600 in a way we've never done so before.
So, what was the plan? We know that we've been a tad quiet the past few months, but there have been other exciting projects happening (which we look forward to sharing with you in the future) - so stay tuned. Our idea was to do a bit of a build-up to the Super Seven, teasing what you can expect and then we'd officially launch the car publically at our Easter Open Day. As you'd expect, things have changed - but we still want to spread a little joy during these times and show you what has been happening behind the scenes.
We look forward to welcoming you to the showroom (and at future events) to see the Super Seven as soon as it's safe to do so. For now, please check out the Super Seven microsite and have a go on the online configurator.
Please take a look below to find out exactly what the Super Seven 1600 is all about - bonus points for those who know all of the 70's references.
Stay safe, look out for each other, enjoy this article.
All the best - Team Caterham
Happy Days! It's the New Super Seven 1600
Welcome to the new old-school
When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.
The original Seven redefined the sports car as the world knew it, taking a no-nonsense approach to motoring and focusing on lightness and handling. However, after only one year on sale, the moustached master of mechanics, Colin Chapman, decided that the 7 Series 1 wasn’t quite fast enough.
A lighter, more powerful engine was fitted, supported by a new gearbox, along with a number of subtle aesthetic finishes and the first ‘Super Seven’ was born. Since then, the Super Seven name has officially graced a very select number of cars which demonstrated the best blend between style and performance, while the iconic and recognisable badge has lived on through numerous iterations. Back in the 1970’s we introduced our first cars, and set the scene for Caterhams you know and love today.
We’ve come along way since 1973, and now it’s time to introduce a new member to the Caterham Family. Welcome to the all-new Super Seven 1600.
Tell ‘em about the honey, Mummy.
New for 2020, the Super Seven 1600 re-imagines our first ever Caterham-built Seven with a modern twist. Starting at the front, you’ll notice the wide-track suspension to make way for the 1970’s Series 3-esque flared front wings. On the bonnet you’ll have noticed the introduction of the exposed twin forties throttle bodies, creating a recognisable engine note reminiscent of carburettor adorned engines whenever the accelerator is engaged.
Next, we move onto the cockpit, where some of the most dramatic changes can be found. First up, and exclusive to the Super Seven 1600, is the polished windscreen. This is paired to a full leather interior, including dashboard and tunnel top, creating a more luxurious experience than some of our more track-orientated offerings.
Embedded into the dashboard are retro-inspired SMITHS instruments and dials surrounded in chrome. We’ve even added an embossed Super Seven badge to create a truly special interior. On closer inspection, you’ll also spot the addition of carpeted rear, side and floor panels, and a spare wheel at the rear.
Every Super Seven 1600 also has access to seven period colour schemes which you won’t find on any other vehicle in the Caterham line up. For the ultimate throwback look, you can opt for aluminium body panels with composite wings.
However, there is one major difference which previous Super Sevens could only dream of. Our expert engineers have tuned the 1.6 Sigma unit to provide 135 bhp – which is delivered through a five-speed, short-shift gearbox to the rear wheels. The Super Seven 1600 marries the charm and character from the 1970’s, with none of the drawbacks.
The new Super Seven 1600 brings back classic stylings and comforting touches, while using modern engines and offering a greater number of options and upgrades. It’s the 1970’s, but not as you know it.
As standard, the Super Seven 1600 comes with 14" classic wheels, twin 40s throttle bodies, SMITHS gauges, polished finishes, flared front wings, retro-style seats and the multiple colour options.
We also know that buying a Seven is a decision made by the heart, so we like to make sure our cars can be as individual as you are. A full range of customisable specifications are available from top to bottom and including chassis sizes, alloy wheel finishes, LED lights and carpeted interior panels - oh, and it is available as a kit in the UK.
There is plenty to choose from – and if you’d like to visualise your future Super Seven 1600, why not take a look on our configurator. We encourage individuality, so if you want to take your Super Seven one step further we provide access to a huge variety of paint colours and finishes. Simply find the paint code and provide it to your Caterham retailer.
I’ve started, so I’ll finish.
The Super Seven 1600 shares the beating heart found in our Sigma-based vehicles. Sticking close to our ethos of ‘adding lightness’, the Super Seven makes use of our lightest engine available and has a kerbweight of just 545kg – meaning around 250bhp-per-tonne.
One of the most distinguishing features of a Seven is the way it handles. Virtually unrivalled, the pairing of Bilstein suspension, lightweight construction and Avon Tyres creates an agile and invigorating ride – and things are much the same is the Super Seven.
Staying true to traditional Seven construction, you won’t find any electronic aids here. A sense of motoring purity can be found in every Caterham with the abundance of traction control, automatic gearboxes and power steering.
Just one more thing.
As the Super Seven 1600 is officially part of our model line up, all you need to do is visit your nearest retailer when it's safe to do so. Prices start at £33,495 .
…and it’s goodnight from me, and goodnight from him.