Tuesday, May 21, 2024

New EU rules make the legendary car illegal in Europe

The 485 version of the Caterham Seven will disappear completely from Europe, because the 2-liter Ford engine will not be able to meet the EU's future emission requirements.

After a decade on the market, Caterham takes the consequence and pulls the 485 edition of the Seven model out of Europe.

This is because the model will not be able to meet the upcoming emission requirements from the EU. The so-called Euro 7 standard.

Both the 485 and the more hardcore 485 CSR are disappearing, and the last cars – Caterham calls them the Final Edition – will only come here in very limited numbers.

The petrol engine, which is from Ford, delivers 228 horsepower and 205 newton metres, which go directly to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Enough to send the cars from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds.

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– It is a bittersweet moment for us with the unveiling of the Final Edition models. On the one hand, it marks the end of one of our most iconic models in Europe.

On the other hand, customers now have the opportunity to own the last naturally aspirated Seven models, which take high revs, says Caterham's European boss Olivier Jouanne in a press release .

Founded in England in 1973 as an offshoot of Lotus, Caterham is today owned by Japanese importer VT Holdings, which bought the brand in 2021.

A total of 85 Final Edition cars will be built for the European market, while a further 10 editions of the Caterham Seven will be built for the Japanese. The new European emission requirements are expected to enter into force in late 2026.

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