Caterham has announced a retro-themed version of its Seven 160. Unveiled at the Goodwood Revival meet over the weekend, the new model, dubbed the Caterham Seven Sprint, celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Lotus 7. Originally planned in the mid-Sixties when the Seven was built by Colin Chapman’s Lotus, the Sprint version never materialised. Now, Caterham has revived the idea as a nod to the iconic badge’s storied heritage.
This is no 620R. Nowhere near, as it is based on the lowly 160, which means there is a turbocharged, three-cylinder engine sourced from Suzuki that makes just 80 horsepower. That’s a good 230 horses less than what the 620R churns out, and the benchmark sprint won’t be dispatched in less than 7.0 seconds with top speed remaining at a modest 161kph. But the Sprint is more about resurrecting the spirit of the Sixties and offering purist fans a delightful choice than about outright performance.
Keeping in line with the theme, the Sprint gets a chassis that’s powder-coated grey, as it was in the Series 2 Lotus 7, with the suspension and rollover bar also kept true to the original. There are many other features that hark back to the times, such as flared front wings, polished exhaust silencer, retro-styled individual rear lights, as well as wheels painted cream and finished with polished hubcaps. The choice of colours also reflect the badge’s heritage, as the palette includes originals such as Cream, Mellow Yellow, Regency Red, Camberwick Green, British Racing Green and Misty Blue.
The cabin gets wooden-rimmed sports steering wheel and red dashboard with a classic instrument layout, complete with a tacho with red and yellow sectors in Sixties style. The vintage look is completed by the scarlet red, hand-stitched, Muirhead Scottish seat upholstery finished in period style.
Only 60 Sprints will be built, which will be sold in the UK and European markets for a price of £27,995 (Dh136,500).