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Caterham Super Seven 2000 2022 first unit

It might surprise some, but especially in one like this – minus a 170R with its whirring engine and track suspension setup and carbon bucket seats – you could absolutely travel Europe. That’s as long as you fit the thing, which is a lot easier in a low-floor wide-chassis car like the one we drive, than the prettier narrow-body version.

The other benefit of the four-cylinder engine is that it gets a dion rear axle rather than a live axle, which helps give it a more flexible ride than many family crossovers.

Of course, you actually buy a Caterham because all the controls are ultra-direct. This requires some recalibration to drive smoothly, but once it clicks, the raw sensations of the brakes and unassisted steering, right through the gearbox and the feeling of lightness are unparalleled. It’s one of the great motorsport experiences and one that’s getting harder and harder to find.

An Ariel Atom does many of the same things, but it’s more expensive, less usable, and feels more serious. A Morgan Super 3 adds to the retro vibe even further and offers a less serious driving experience that’s just as fun and engaging, but in a different way. A Mazda MX-5, as good as it is, looks like a Mercedes SL in comparison.

I drove the Caterham the same week as the Genesis Electrified GV70 and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, and the Seven was the perfect reset button. This is not to belittle the two electric cars, quite the opposite – they are smooth, fast, easy to drive and not unimportant, they have a radio. A Caterham is so perfectly opposite that, as long as it isn’t regulated, it would also be the perfect addition to a long-range EV in a future two-car garage.

It might surprise some, but especially in one like this – minus a 170R with its whirring engine and track suspension setup and carbon bucket seats – you could absolutely travel Europe. That’s as long as you fit the thing, which is a lot easier in a low-floor wide-chassis car like the one we drive, than the prettier narrow-body version.

The other benefit of the four-cylinder engine is that it gets a dion rear axle rather than a live axle, which helps give it a more flexible ride than many family crossovers.

Of course, you actually buy a Caterham because all the controls are ultra-direct. This requires some recalibration to drive smoothly, but once it clicks, the raw sensations of the brakes and unassisted steering, right through the gearbox and the feeling of lightness are unparalleled. It’s one of the great motorsport experiences and one that’s getting harder and harder to find.

An Ariel Atom does many of the same things, but it’s more expensive, less usable, and feels more serious. A Morgan Super 3 adds to the retro vibe even further and offers a less serious driving experience that’s just as fun and engaging, but in a different way. A Mazda MX-5, as good as it is, looks like a Mercedes SL in comparison.

I drove the Caterham the same week as the Genesis Electrified GV70 and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, and the Seven was the perfect reset button. This is not to belittle the two electric cars, quite the opposite – they are smooth, fast, easy to drive and not unimportant, they have a radio. A Caterham is so perfectly opposite that, as long as it isn’t regulated, it would also be the perfect addition to a long-range EV in a future two-car garage.

It might surprise some, but especially in one like this – minus a 170R with its whirring engine and track suspension setup and carbon bucket seats – you could absolutely travel Europe. That’s as long as you fit the thing, which is a lot easier in a low-floor wide-chassis car like the one we drive, than the prettier narrow-body version.

The other benefit of the four-cylinder engine is that it gets a dion rear axle rather than a live axle, which helps give it a more flexible ride than many family crossovers.

Of course, you actually buy a Caterham because all the controls are ultra-direct. This requires some recalibration to drive smoothly, but once it clicks, the raw sensations of the brakes and unassisted steering, right through the gearbox and the feeling of lightness are unparalleled. It’s one of the great motorsport experiences and one that’s getting harder and harder to find.

An Ariel Atom does many of the same things, but it’s more expensive, less usable, and feels more serious. A Morgan Super 3 adds to the retro vibe even further and offers a less serious driving experience that’s just as fun and engaging, but in a different way. A Mazda MX-5, as good as it is, looks like a Mercedes SL in comparison.

I drove the Caterham the same week as the Genesis Electrified GV70 and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, and the Seven was the perfect reset button. This is not to belittle the two electric cars, quite the opposite – they are smooth, fast, easy to drive and not unimportant, they have a radio. A Caterham is so perfectly opposite that, as long as it isn’t regulated, it would also be the perfect addition to a long-range EV in a future two-car garage.

It might surprise some, but especially in one like this – minus a 170R with its whirring engine and track suspension setup and carbon bucket seats – you could absolutely travel Europe. That’s as long as you fit the thing, which is a lot easier in a low-floor wide-chassis car like the one we drive, than the prettier narrow-body version.

The other benefit of the four-cylinder engine is that it gets a dion rear axle rather than a live axle, which helps give it a more flexible ride than many family crossovers.

Of course, you actually buy a Caterham because all the controls are ultra-direct. This requires some recalibration to drive smoothly, but once it clicks, the raw sensations of the brakes and unassisted steering, right through the gearbox and the feeling of lightness are unparalleled. It’s one of the great motorsport experiences and one that’s getting harder and harder to find.

An Ariel Atom does many of the same things, but it’s more expensive, less usable, and feels more serious. A Morgan Super 3 adds to the retro vibe even further and offers a less serious driving experience that’s just as fun and engaging, but in a different way. A Mazda MX-5, as good as it is, looks like a Mercedes SL in comparison.

I drove the Caterham the same week as the Genesis Electrified GV70 and Renault Megane E-Tech Electric, and the Seven was the perfect reset button. This is not to belittle the two electric cars, quite the opposite – they are smooth, fast, easy to drive and not unimportant, they have a radio. A Caterham is so perfectly opposite that, as long as it isn’t regulated, it would also be the perfect addition to a long-range EV in a future two-car garage.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org