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Η Caterham παρουσίασε και θα λανσάρει μία ειδική έκδοση του κλασικού Seven που ονομάζεται Superlight Twenty για να γιορτάσει την 20η επέτειο από τότε που ξεκίνησε η παραγωγή του Superlight. Το μοντέλο θα κάνει ντεμπούτο στο Goodwood Revival το ερχόμενο Σαββατοκύριακο και η εταιρία ανακοίνωσε ότι η παραγωγή του θα περιοριστεί στις 20 μονάδες!

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Το Caterham Seven Superlight Twenty, κινείται από έναν 1600άρη Ford Sigma που αποδίδει 135 άλογα και συνδυάζεται με ένα 6-τάχυτο, μηχανικό κιβώτιο με κοντές σχέσεις. Η ειδική αυτή έκδοση, εξοπλίζεται με την Sport ανάρτηση, ελαφρύ βολάν και διαφορικό περιορισμένης ολίσθησης. Η Αγγλική εταιρία χρησιμοποίησε αρκετό carbon με το αμάξωμα να έχει φινίρισμα “γυμνού” αλουμινίου – κάτι που εξοικονόμησε 6 ολόκληρα κιλά! Αυτό σημαίνει ότι το μοντέλο ζυγίζει μόλις 498 κιλά! Βέβαια, αν οι πελάτες επιθυμούν χρώμα και δεν τους ενδιαφέρουν τα -6 κιλά, μπορούν να παραγγείλουν το δικό τους Superlight Twenty χρωματισμένο…

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Η λίστα του προαιρετικού εξοπλισμού είναι εξαιρετικά περιορισμένη και περιλαμβάνει εκτός από το χρώμα, εξοπλισμό καιρού και καλοριφέρ. Αυτά. Φυσικά, το σπαρτιατικό εσωτερικό, έχει διακοσμηθεί με διάφορες λεπτομέρειες ειδικές για την “Twenty” έκδοση. Η τιμή του; €41.000 περίπου ή €37.000 περίπου αν θέλεις να το συναρμολογήσεις μόνος σου.

 

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CATERHAM CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ICONIC SUPERLIGHT WITH NEW SPECIAL EDITION

  • Limited run of 1.6-litre ‘Superlight Twenty’ to celebrate raucous 1996 original
  • Original Superlight became the template for a generation of Sevens
  • New Superlight Twenty SE gets 135bhp, 6-speed gearbox, LSD and carbon fibre components

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 this weekend’s 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 135bhp 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.

Caterham Cars CEO, Graham Macdonald, said: “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.

“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.”

By no means the fastest Seven produced to date – the new model will hit 60mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 122mph – it is however one of the most visceral performance models Caterham has built since the original. Every Seven meets slightly different driver demands, but perhaps more than any other in the range, the Superlight Twenty epitomises Colin Chapman’s fundamental principles of performance through light weight.

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*.