Caterham will fill in the gap between its modest Seven 280 and its raucous 310-hp Seven 620R with a pair of new Seven variants, and even better, they’re coming to U.S. garages. The new Caterham Seven 480 and Seven 360 stay true to the traditional Caterham formula of light weight, simplicity, and customization.
Although both the Caterham Seven 480 and Caterham Seven 360 use Ford’s 2.0-liter Duratec four-cylinder, they exist in two different states of tune. The milder Caterham Seven 360 gets a slight power bump compared to the smaller 1.6-liter Caterham Seven 280, up 40 hp for a total of 180 hp. The 0-60 mph sprint can be completed 0.1 seconds faster as well, now down to 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph. The car includes a five-speed manual gearbox, 13-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential, as well as front and rear "race" suspension dampers. Customers can also opt for a six-speed gearbox and 15-inch wheels as part of the Sport Pack, or a dry sump oil system and aerofoil wishbone suspension as part of the additional Race Pack.
If you pony up for the Caterham Seven 480, horsepower leaps to 237 from the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual gearbox is standing, ensuring maximum enjoyment during 3.4-second 0-60-mph sprints and 140 mph top speed runs. The Seven 480 comes standard with adjustable dampers, front wishbone suspension, 15-inch wheels, and ventilated front disc brakes with quad-piston calipers. A limited-slip differential and carbon vinyl trimming is included in the Sport Pack, while the Race Pack adds 13-inch wheels, a race damper kit, and aerodynamically shaped suspension control arms.
As with all Caterham Seven models, the cars are shipped to the U.S. in unassembled form. Part of the car’s visceral experience is building it and now exactly how it is put together, but buyers can opt for a factory build in which case the car will be shipped as a rolling chassis, or can elect to build it themselves in a garage. In either case, the engine and gearbox are shipped separately, and Caterham says self-assembly for novices takes 60-70 hours. The cars will be sold in the U.S. through California-based Superformance.
There’s sure to be an exceptional amount of fun on tap with either Caterham Seven model, and special paint options and a comprehensive equipment list mean you can personalize your 480 or 360 to your liking. Pricing for the Caterham Seven 360 begins at $45,400 including delivery, while the more powerful 480 totals $53,400.