The Ultimate Caterham Seven
The Caterham Seven 485 CSR is the sharp end of the stick for the sports car company. It takes the 485 and turns it into an even more of an impressive sports car. The best news? It’s available outside of the UK, meaning all of Europe can enjoy this special Caterham for a mere $61,441 or €54,995. That’s not chump change, but when you consider the performance of such a car, it’s an absolute bargain.
The Caterham Seven 485 CSR can do a 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.9 seconds. It has a top speed of 140 mph. This kind of performance comes from the combination of the Ford Duratec 2.0-liter engine that produces 234 hp and 152 lb-ft. How does a car with so little power go so fast? Lightweighting. The 485 CSR weighs just 1,279 pounds. That gives it roughly the same power-to-weight ratio as a Lamborghini Huracan, according to Motor1.
The vehicle gets inbound front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension, and 15-inch alloys with Avon ZZS tires. Additionally, there are some aerodynamics goodies, a Momo steering wheel, carbon fiber dash, limited-slip differential, and adjustable seats clad in leather. There are some options including more carbon fiber trim, LED lights, and Alcantara on the dash.
While all of this is wonderful, the big news is that Caterham will bring the car to markets outside the UK. The CEO Graham Macdonald said this of the business choice: “We’ve had to trim our EU range because of the WLTP regulations, but I’m delighted that we can still offer our continental European customers something that really reflects what Caterham has always been about – the thrill of driving.” He also called the car the “ultimate Caterham Seven.” We agree with him.