Demise of the Naturally-Aspirated Caterham Seven

Seven 485’s ultimate version features Ford Duratec 2.0L engine with 225hp.

The initial Caterham Seven 485 was introduced in 2014 and after a decade, production is coming to a close. The company revealed two 485 Final Edition models for the European market as a farewell to the naturally aspirated power of the iconic Seven roadster.

The company plans to produce only 85 units – 60 units of the 458 Final Edition and 25 units of the 485 CSR. Both variants are equipped with a Ford Duratec 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which generates 225 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. This engine will be matched with a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. The 485 model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds on its path to a top speed of 139 mph.

The 485 Final Edition is offered in standard and large frame choices, whereas the 485 CSR is exclusively available in the larger size with the inboard front suspension. It is approximately seven inches lengthier, nine inches broader, and one inch taller compared to the standard 485 model. Furthermore, they are distinguished by varying wheel dimensions – the Final Edition showcases 13-inch black alloys, while 15-inch wheels are fitted on the CSR. Both models come equipped with Toyo Proxes R888R tires that conceal the ventilated front disc brakes.

Caterham is set to introduce the Final Edition in a selection of five deluxe colors, featuring satin black stripes and black badges. Each model will come with a fully carpeted interior, a carbon dashboard, and a distinctive number plate. The Final Edition will showcase branding details throughout, such as embroidery on the black leather, Alcantara, and Sport Hex black seats.

The 485 Final Editions can now be ordered. The initial cost for the European version is €67,495 ($72,810 based on current exchange rates).

Caterham’s journey is far from over. The company is moving towards electrification, with plans to release a production model based on its Project V concept in the near future. According to Olivier Jouanne, the European Territory Manager of the company, the 485 model offers a chance to possess the final Seven with the highest revs and naturally aspirated engine ever manufactured.

Source: Caterham

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