The New Caterham Super Seven 1600 Is the Best Kind of Throwback04/09/2020
A few years ago, Caterham released a Sixties-style version of the Seven. Called the Seven Sprint, it was a huge hit, with all 60 examples selling out very quickly. Caterham realized there was value in peddling nostalgia, so it’s come up with this: the Super Seven 1600. It’s a tribute to the Sevens of the Seventies, and unlike the old Sprint, it’s not a limited-edition.
This is about as basic a Seven you can get these days. It’s powered by a 1.6-liter Ford-sourced four-cylinder making 135 horsepower and 121 lb-ft of torque, the same figures as the entry-level Seven 270. For the Super Seven 1600, Caterham fit this engine with Jenvey DCOE throttle bodies, which are designed to replicate the look and sound of Weber sidedraft carburetors with the convenience of fuel injection. They look totally perfect, with K&N air filters peering out from the hood, just like in the Sevens of old.
Caterham also brought back the old-school “clamshell” style front fenders for the Super Seven 1600. Minilite-style wheels, along with a spare wheel holder, old-school color options and various interior details help complete the Super Seven’s retro look. We especially like the wood-rimmed steering wheel.
Those wheels are wrapped with skinny road-oriented Avon ZT7 tires, which look like they should provide just the right amount of grip. Caterham also fits the Super Seven 1600 with its softer road suspension, and the car is available with either the standard or wide (SV) chassis. At 1246 pounds, the Super Seven is a little heavier than a base Seven 270, but it’s still far lighter than pretty much everything else on sale today. Remember, a 2020 Miata weighs over 1000 pounds more.
As with all Caterhams, you can either buy this as a kit or fully assembled by the factory, though in the U.S., it can only be imported in kit form. Prices start at £33,495, which is around $42,000 at today’s exchange rates.
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