5 August 2013
 

Caterham Seven

Suzuki power for entry-level Caterham Seven

Autozine
5 August 2013 | Caterham Cars' soon-to-be-released, all-new entry-level Seven will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation – the smallest and most efficient engine ever installed in a Seven. The new vehicle uses 21st-Century engineering to pay homage to early incarnations of the iconic Seven by utilising a super-compact and lightweight turbocharged engine to 'add lightness' like no other Seven in recent times.
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The ultra-efficient, downsized engine matched with an equally compact Suzuki five-speed gearbox, has been adapted by Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) – Caterham Group's engineering division – to complement a re-engineered chassis, which also harks back to the spirit of former Sevens with major revisions to the suspension layout.

As a renowned specialist in compact and efficient vehicle design, Suzuki's expertise in the field meant it was the logical partner for Caterham in achieving its goal of creating the most efficient, lightest Seven ever.

The powertrain specialists at CTI have fine-tuned the engine to suit the dynamic Seven, resulting in a car capable of strong performance while delivering vastly improved fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.

Priced under £17,000, the new model will be launched in Autumn this year, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2013.

Suzuki said: "It has been a very interesting and unique project for us. We trust that supplying our powertrain to Caterham with a respected reputation for building lightweight, low-volume sportscars will enhance our 'sporty' brand image".

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