The Caterham Seven Is the Ultimate Sports Car/Buggy Hybrid - Maxim

The Caterham Seven Is the Ultimate Sports Car/Buggy Hybrid

The stripped-down beauty goes 0-60 in under five seconds.
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Caterham Cars has made a business from building contemporary versions of the classic Lotus 7 since 1973. Over the years the Surrey, England constructor has developed myriad variations. Many of these upgraded editions featured significantly more power and added amenities. The new Seven 310 adds a bit more juice while retaining the car's elemental intent.

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Photo: Caterham Cars

The 310's upgraded 1.6-liter Ford Sigma four-cylinder engine enjoys a 20-horsepower bump. This boosts output to a still-modest 152 horsepower. That's enough to propel this gossamery 1,188-lb. plaything to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and to a 127-mph top speed that is surely sufficient for anyone crouched behind the car's minimal windscreen.

Photo: Caterham Cars

Photo: Caterham Cars

While Caterham sells complete cars in other countries, U.S. regulations require they sell you the car with no engine starting at about $29,000, plus options. Then, one of the company's U.S. dealers will install the engine for you for about $8,000 more.

Photo: Caterham Cars

Photo: Caterham Cars

The optional R Package adds goodies like a limited slip differential, even sportier suspension, carbon fiber cockpit trim and even a four-point racing harness. After all, the Seven 310 doesn't even have doors.

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Photo: Caterham Cars