Caterham Using Three-Cylinder Suzuki Engine In Entry-Level Seven
August 7th, 2013 11:49 AM Share
The newest entry-level variant of the Caterham Seven range will be getting a powertrain from an unlikely source; a 660cc three-cylinder Suzuki engine.
Power and efficiency figures haven’t been announced, but Caterham is claiming that this is the lightest, most compact and most efficient powertrain ever put in a Seven. It’s also supposed to be the cheapest, slotting in under the previous 1.6L 125 horsepower Ford-engined variants. Given the engine’s 660 cc displacement, it’s likely that this unit comes from a Japanese-market kei car, which would equate to an output of 63 horsepower – possibly more in Caterham spec.
Published August 7th, 2013 11:43 AM
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The Factory 5 818, which supposedly can be built for under $15K, and puts a Subaru boxer engine mid-engine, looks like an interesting alternative to a Caterham or other Se7en. https://www.factoryfive.com/kits/project-818/
Viva Geo Metro!!!
Why not use a Hayabusa engine? 197 hp @ 10,100 rpm & 97 lb/ft of torque @ 7600 rpms. There have already been some Caterhams built with this engine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQbwbNJJ8YM
Ha! Geo Metro… I had a '92 that I bought at the PX in Berlin Germany while in the Army. I have never seen another one like it in the states and it was actually a lot of fun to drive. I just had to laugh when I put both the Metro, and my '96 Suzuki Bandit 600S on the dyno; They had identical power curves up to about 6,500rpm where the Metro maxxed out at 55hp and the little Bandito went up to 68 at about 10,500.