Caterham Cars has launched a CSR version of its most powerful European car – the Seven 485.
The 485 CSR is the pinnacle of the EU range of Sevens, offering 237ps and 206nm in torque from its two-litre Ford Duratec engine.
Priced at €54,995 (excluding VAT and local taxes), the Caterham 485 CSR will accelerate from 0-100kmh in a rapid 3.9 seconds and push on to a top speed of 225kmh.
With a host of additional options available via Caterham’s expansive Signature personalisation range, the 485 CSR is easily the most desirable and luxurious of the iconic British brand’s model line-up.
Adding purpose and initiative to the 485 CSR over its standard 485 brother is its push-rod inboard front suspension, its fully independent, double-wishbone rear suspension, 15” CSR alloy wheels, shod with Avon ZZS tyres and aero front wing guards.
Weighing in at just 580kg, the 485 CSR delivers an eye-watering 409 ps per-tonne, almost the same as a Lamborghini Huracan or a Ferrari 599.
Delivered built from the Caterham factory, the 485 CSR includes carpeted interior panels, a carbon dashboard, adjustable leather seats, a collapsible Momo steering wheel, a limited-slip differential and a choice of four paint options.
Graham Macdonald, CEO of Caterham Cars, said: “This is now the ultimate Caterham Seven to have if you’re outside the UK. We’ve had to trim our EU range because of the WLTP regulations but I’m delighted that we can still offer our continental European customers something that really reflects what Caterham has always been about – the thrill of driving.
“We’ve listened to our European customers and I’m pleased we can deliver something amazing to them after having to trim the range because of WLTP.”
Options available to owners who want to up the level of luxury even further include carbon fibre front wings, carbon leather side panels on the interior, a black Alcantara dashboard and LED high-intensity daytime running lights.