Caterham has announced their entry-level Seven will be powered by a Suzuki-sourced turbocharged three-cylinder engine that displaces 660cc.

Caterham has announced their entry-level Seven will be powered by a Suzuki-sourced turbocharged three-cylinder engine that displaces 660cc.

Designed to "add lightness" to an already lightweight model, the three-cylinder engine will enable the car to be the lightest Seven ever. Performance specifications were not released but Caterham Technology & Innovation (CTI) has made several modifications to ensure the engine delivers strong performance, "vastly improved" fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Caterham didn't have much else to say about the model but confirmed it will feature a five-speed transmission and a re-engineered chassis that "harks back to the spirit of former Sevens with major revisions to the suspension layout."

According to Caterham CEO, Graham Macdonald, “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."

The entry-level Seven will be unveiled this fall and pricing will start at less than £17,000.

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