For The Caterham Seven is as close to pure motoring enjoyment as you could get – lightweight, fast, raw and relatively affordable. It’s bound to put a smile on your face.
Against The basic nature of the Seven also means it is distinctly short of creature comforts – this is not a car to use on a daily basis.
On the perfect day, this is about as much fun as motoring gets. On the wrong day and in the wrong place, however, it’s so compromised that the fun is the first thing to disappear.
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The principle is simple when it comes to picking which Caterham you want – the more you pay, the more power you get.
The cheapest way into a Caterham is to build it yourself, which you can do with all models bar the two most expensive, the Superlight R500 and the CSR. Caterham will take a few thousand pounds off the list price if you fancy assembling your car in your garage.
Given the diminutive dimensions of the Seven, it might be worth considering the slightly wider SV chassis, which comes with more room for taller or larger drivers. It’s not available on all versions, but it is on most.
The lack of security on the Seven means we’d recommend going for the removable steering wheel. This is standard on the Superlight models, but is an option on all others. A heater is also a worthy investment if you plan on taking the car out whatever the weather.