Caterham’s new entry level car will be called Seven 165 and in prototype concept it will make its public debut next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Seven 165 will use a 80bhp 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine with enhancements made by Caterham Technology & Innovation. This small engine has a torque output of 107Nm.
The number five at the end of the car’s moniker signifies that the vehicle also complies with the EU5 emissions standards, allowing it to be sold across mainland Europe. The Seven 165 has a price tag target of €25,000 including local taxes.
In the UK, a different variant of the car – the Caterham Seven 160 – will start from under £17,000.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “The engineering process involved in the creation of the Caterham Seven 165 is nearing completion and, as we piece together the final elements, the car we believe will inspire a new generation of drivers to become Caterham enthusiasts is taking shape in exciting fashion.
“Earlier this year, we launched the fastest, most powerful production Seven we’ve ever launched in Europe – the Seven 485. The 165 will sit at the opposite end of the scale, both in engine size and price, but the beautiful thing is that the two cars will offer exactly the same level of pure driving fun. Whether you’re a seasoned, hardcore driver or whether you’re new to sportscars, there will be a Caterham that suits you.”
Production of the Caterham Seven 165 is expected to begin in early 2014, with first deliveries later that Spring.