Caterham Seven - three new models join 2015 range

New models slot between the basic Seven 160 and hardcore Seven 620

Caterham has simplified the Seven range with three new models, the Seven 270, 360 and 480.

All feature Ford engines and a host of options is available to customise the car to the owner’s preferences – think race seats and limited-slip differentials rather than decals and shiny trim.

Sitting above the three-cylinder Seven 160, the new 270 replaces the outgoing Roadsport 140 and Supersport for a £22,995 price tag.

Power comes from an updated 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, with variable-valve timing and 10bhp more than the old Roadsport 125. A 5.0-second 0-62mph sprint is the result, with a 122mph top speed.

Next up is the Seven 360 for £26,995, deposing the old Roadsport 175 and Supersport R. This uses a 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine, as found in the R300 race car, and develops 180bhp. It reaches 62mph two tenths quicker than the 270 and adds 8mph to its top end.

Topping the new models – though sitting below the insane Seven 620 – is the Seven 420. £29,995 buys a 210bhp version of the Duratec, cutting the benchmark sprint to just 4sec.

Caterham has also introduced two new accessory packs, which can be optioned with several models throughout the range.

The S Pack provides a few simple upgrades for the sparsely-equipped Seven Range. Among them are a set of 14in alloy wheels – the standard car wears steel items – a fully carpeted interior, a heater, and the luxury of a full windscreen, hood and side screens.

Alternatively, the cars be specified with the R Pack. This brings a limited-slip differential, lightweight flywheel, sport suspension, 15in alloy wheels and a host of interior details – a carbonfibre dashboard, composite race seats, a 4-point harness and a shift light.

Caterham says the new model range means there’s a ‘Seven for everyone’. The new models are on sale now.

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