New Caterham Seven models introduced

Caterham Seven

Caterham has made a name for itself creating exhilarating lightweight back-to-basics sports cars and the latest models to come from the company are no different.

The British car manufacturer has now added 270, 360 and 420 models to its 'Seven' range, which sit above the entry-level Seven 160 – which is available from £18,995 – and below the rapid Seven 620, which costs a substantial £49,995 and sprints to 62mph in a supercar-matching 2.8 seconds.

Now on sale in the UK, these new models are all available in two distinct forms – with a road-focused 'S' setup or an 'R' setup, which suits those who intend to take their car on track days, where the car is likely to be driven harder.

The cheapest new model is the Seven 270, which weighs in at £22,995 and uses a new 1.6-litre Ford engine that pumps out 135bhp. This horsepower tally might lag behind most sports cars, but the Seven's lightweight frame means that even this is enough to catapult the car to 62mph in a speedy 5.0 seconds.

Next in line is the Seven 360, which is available from £26,995 and slashes the nought to 62mph time to just 4.8 seconds, thanks to its 180bhp 2.0-litre Ford engine. Slotting above this is the £29,995 Seven 420, which uses a more heavily tuned Ford motor that puts out a substantial 210bhp and launches the car to 62mph in a mere 4.0 seconds.

The new 'S' pack caters for road drivers with its fully-carpeted cabin, windscreen, hood and side screen and leather seats – all luxuries on a lightweight sports car of this type. Meanwhile, the performance-orientated 'R' pack features sports suspension, a four-point race harness, larger 15-inch alloy wheels and a lightweight carbon-fibre dashboard for even more impressive roadholding.

Caterham Seven

Caterham Seven