The Caterham Seven champions simplicity in a way no other car on sale could hope to match, and the new Seven 170, announced Thursday, is the simplest one yet. The successor to the beloved and successful U.K.-only Seven 160, the 170 is the smallest, lightest Caterham yet. And with power coming from a 660-cc turbocharged three-cylinder Suzuki engine, the 170 is the first Seven to meet Japan’s Kei Car regulations.
Caterham was recently bought by one of its Japanese distributors, VT Holdings, so it’s now making a car targeted at both the Japanese and U.K. markets. It’s slightly narrower than a regular Caterham, and it weighs around 970 pounds depending on configuration. So even though the Suzuki triple makes just 84 hp and 86 lb-ft of torque, it has a power to weight ratio of 170 hp to English tonne, hence the name. Zero to 62 mph takes just 6.9 seconds, which is remarkable for a car with less than 100 horsepower. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.