The Caterham Seven Proving Popular In The Credit Crunch

The Caterham CSR260

Caterham CSR260 (2009)

Affluent motorists hit by the recession are ditching their supercar rides in favour of a taste of classic British motoring.

Caterham Cars has become an unusual beneficiary of the economic downturn with an increasing number of owners downsizing their six-figure chargers in favour of pre-owned, but ironically faster, versions of the legendary Caterham Seven.

The flagship Caterham CSR260, with its fully independent rear and inboard F1-style front suspension, is proving the most popular model amongst those more accustomed to the latest offering from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche.

During the last month alone, a Ferrari 430 and a Porsche 911 Turbo were just two of the cars owners traded in favour of models from the niche sportscar maker.

The Headline Numbers
Aston Martin DBS Ferrari 430 Caterham CSR260
Engine 6-litre V12 4.3-litre V8 2.3-litre Cosworth
Horsepower 510bhp 483bhp 260bhp
Top Speed 191mph 197mph 155mph
Acceleration 0-60 4.3 secs 3.5 secs 3.1 secs
Weight 1,695kg 1,450kg 575kg
Torque 570Nm 465Nm 271Nm
Gearbox 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Power-to-weight 301bhp/ton 333bhp/ton 452bhp/ton
PRICE £162,500 £135,685 £33,995

While the cost of the Caterham might constitute 'downsizing', the performance certainly doesn't, with the Caterham CSR260's mighty 452bhp per tonne exceeding the power-to-weight ratio of its more expensive brethren.

Caterham Cars Managing Director, Ansar Ali, said: "The Seven has always delivered the sort of performance and engineering you'd expect in a supercar, but at a fraction of the price.

"With motoring getting ever more costly for all motorists, those driving cars built by traditional supercar makers are clearly still hankering after the buzz of driving a performance car and, with the power to weight ratio of our cars outstripping the competition, a Caterham is an intelligent choice in terms of price and driver satisfaction."

Published 12 May 2009 Staff

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