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5 Jul 2013

Most exciting news from Caterham comes in the form of a new R300 or the incredible new 620R – absurdly fast track specials that have performance to lose your licence on any road.

But the pure joy of a Caterham is that thanks to the light weight, even the lower powered models are still incredibly fun to drive as the power is seemingly multiplied many fold thanks to the low driving position and minimal weight. This is where the new model comes in.

Caterham have announced that they will be releasing a new base model sometime later this year which will take the Seven back to its roots – maximum weight saving and driving purity. The new model will be powered by a 660cc three cylinder turbocharged engine from the Japanese market Suzuki Jimny. A strange choice, yes, but an inspired one.

It only produces 65 bhp in the Jimny, but Caterham says it has fine-tuned the engine to suit the Seven’s characteristics. We’re not sure if that means it’ll have more power, but we’d be surprised if it stays with 65 bhp – we would expect it to have in the region of 85 bhp and thanks to the extreme weight saving, it should weigh under 500 kg.

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.

“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 mode will be priced at under £17,000 when it goes on sale this autumn.