The new Japanese owner of VT Holdings choked on the takeover of Caterham that he would stick to the tradition of light purist sports cars inspired by Lotus Seven. And the very first act only proves it.
The Seven 170 is even the lightest of the production variants. In the 170R version, it reduces the current 490 kg of the previous variant 160 by 50 kg.
While the more civilian version of the 170S offers road-tuned suspension, silver wheels, windshield, tension roof and sidewalls or leather seats, the 170R goes to extremes.
It has stiffer, basically already circular suspension, black wheels, self-locking differential, shell seats, dashboard and other carbon accessories, four-point belts, Momo steering wheel with a wreath upholstered with Alcantara and a windshield as standard.
Under the hood, as with its predecessor, a supercharged three-cylinder with a volume of 660 cc is enough. The unit from Suzuki has an output of 63 kW, 85 hp and 116 Nm of torque. In conjunction with a five-speed manual transmission, the car gets from zero to 100 km / h in 6.9 seconds, the maximum speed is 160 km / h.
The basis is traditionally a kit. Seven 170S in boxes comes to 22,900 pounds, approximately 678 thousand crowns, 170R to 23,990 pounds, 708 thousand crowns. If the customer does not want to deal with the assembly, it is enough to pay about 70 thousand crowns and the car will be handed over to him ready.