New Seven features state of the art suspension and monstrous performance
Casual observers of the new 'CSR' won't spot the difference however as the basic shape remains the same, with the major differences being in the design of the suspension.
At the front, F1 style push-rod operated inboard units take the suspension and damping inside the bodywork making for a more aerodynamic design. At the rear is a double wishbone setup which is fully independent. Changes to the chassis to accomodate the new suspension have also resulted in the opportunity to make the chassis a very useful 25% stiffer.
Aerodynamics and cooling (for foreign markets) have played a part in some subtle restyling of the front end of the car. More ducts for the radiator are obvious and the broader nosecone features a small chin spoiler. The cycle wings are mounted closer to the tyres for improved aerodynamics and have a distinctive shoulder behind the wheel.
Under the bonnet, Caterham have opted for a Cosworth Developed 2.3 litre Ford Duratec. It will be offered in two flavours - 200bhp or 260bhp. Importantly the 200bhp version will conform to the EU4 emissions rules, making it easier to export in larger numbers that is the case for existing models.
Inside the cockpit, Caterham have finally looked at the positions of the dials and switches and come up with a more stylish and more driver friendly layout. Gone are the flat mounted switches and dials and in comes a curved fascia. There's even some storage space in the central console and armrest!
Performance is blistering as you'd expect. The headline figures soon to be banded about in the pubs are:
- CSR 200, 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, top speed 140mph
- CSR 260, 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155mph!