September 12, 2015

Caterham celebrates 20th anniversary of 'Superlight' with new Special Edition

Caterham has revived the spirit of one of its most illustrious Sevens - the boisterous 1.6-litre Seven Superlight – with the launch of a new special edition model.

Just 20 of the special edition cars – launched at Goodwood Revival ahead of the 20th anniversary of the original Superlight
in 1996 – will be built.

The original Superlight's production run ceased in 2004, but it heralded a new era of purposeful, track-biased Sevens designed to offer even more performance and low weight at a pared down price point.

Despite its ultra-minimalist character – even for a Seven – the Superlight went on to become one of Caterham's most coveted models, selling some 200 examples while in production.

Priced at £29,995*, and sporting a similarly extreme spec sheet to that of the original, the Superlight Twenty receives a 135 bhp 1.6-litre Ford Sigma engine, 6-speed close ratio gearbox, 'Sport' suspension pack, lightweight flywheel and a limited slip differential.

The bodywork benefits from numerous carbon fibre components, including its cycle wings, rear wings, nose and minimalist aero screen. The body is finished in bare aluminium, as per the original Superlight, which saves six kilograms further contributing to the ultra-lightweight approach.

The new vehicle also gets a numbered dash plaque, unique gauges, key and a gear knob bearing the 'Superlight Twenty' motif and is equipped with a titanium coloured chassis, carbon interior panels and specially-embroidered carbon sports seats found only on Caterham's flagship model; the Seven 620 R.

The special edition is only available as a Series 3 chassis with a limited list of options; in keeping with the minimalistic theme of the model. Just paint, weather equipment and a heater are available.

"When Caterham created the original Superlight, it was a big hit. We sold every one we built and it inspired the development of future models," said Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald.

"As well all the five-star reviews and animated feedback from customers for its driver appeal and roisterous character, it always represented excellent value by being a genuinely accessible performance car bargain – which is why we've tried to recreate that magic by celebrating the 20th anniversary of its launch."

Macdonald continued, "Those unable to buy one first time around now have the opportunity to snap up one of a limited run of vehicles – it's not an exact replica of the original but it's most definitely cut from the same cloth and we know customers will love it for all the same reasons."

The order book for the Superlight Twenty opens immediately, priced at £29,995*.

*Self-assembly priced at £26,995, Factory built models priced at £29,995


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