Caterham Seven 480Enlarge Photo
The British carmaker announced two new models for the U.S. at Monterey Car Week. Both were developed specifically for the U.S. market, the company says, and will go on sale immediately.
Both the Caterham Seven 480 and Seven 360 use a 2.0-liter Ford Duratec four-cylinder engine. It produces 180 horsepower in Seven 360, enough for a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
The Seven 480 benefits from a little more power. With 237 hp, it can do 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, and keep going until it hits 140 mph. However, these cars will likely be bought more for their agile handling and elemental feel than for outright speed.
Caterham Seven 360Enlarge Photo
Under the new regime, Caterham cars will be shipped to the U.S. as rolling chassis and completed to individual customers' specifications. In addition to the 480 and 360, Superformance hopes to import the more-extreme Seven 620R.