Suzuki engine for new entry level Caterham Seven
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8th 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.
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 lay out.
As a renowned specialist in compact and efficient vehicle design, Suzuki’s expertise in the field meant it was the
ideal partner for Caterham in achieving its goal of making the most efficient, lightest Seven ever.
The powertrain specialists at CTI have fine-tuned the engine to suit the highly dynamic Seven, resulting in a car
capable of strong performance while delivering vastly improved fuel economy and reduced vehicle emissions.
Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “It is not engine size that matters, it is the grin factor that is our
barometer and we believe we have got the formula for our new entry-level vehicle just right.”
“Suzuki is a leader in producing compact vehicles with extremely efficient engines and that is clearly a shared
passion. We needed a particularly light powertrain but it had to be a unit that suited the characteristics inherent to
all Sevens – thankfully, after lots of hard work, we have a package that works brilliantly.”
“Our intention for this car is to offer the joy of the Seven in distilled form, so the new entry-level car is
lighter, cheaper, more economical and more accessible than ever.”
The new model will be launched later this year in the UK, with first deliveries expected before the end of 2013. There
is no word, as yet, on Australian availability.
MacDonald added: “Unfussy and easy to run, it is designed to give a neutral, supple ride yet carrying the sporting
edge and turn-of-speed expected from any Seven.”
Suzuki's spokesperson indicated: “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 sports cars will enhance our
‘sporty’ brand image.”