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CATERHAM CSR 2005-Present

Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible
Production years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Caterham did another upgrade to its timeless machine and introduced the CSR in 2005, adding more spicy ingredients to the already flavored British roadster.

The three letters from the car's name don't have anything to do with Corporate Social Responsibility. It would rather be Irresponsibility. The little roadster had a lot of connections with racing technology but lacked in the comfort department or daily usage. And yet, it was such an awesome machine that many racing drivers praised its qualities, which were rarely outshined by other similar stripped-down roadsters.

The UK provided some of the most outstanding vehicles in automotive history. Cars such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lotus, and Land Rover are just a few examples. The Lotus 7, for instance, was built as a race car with only an engine at the front and a few body panels to protect the driver's shoes from getting wet. Caterham bought the license to build the Lotus Seven in 1973 from Colin Chaman himself and kept upgrading the original vehicle. The aluminum body panels and the rigid chassis were the main elements of the vehicle. The 2005 CSR version was a reminder of a batch of 20 vehicles built by Caterham in 1974 based on the Lotus Seven Series 4.

For the tight cockpit, Caterham offered a redesigned dash panel fitted with white dials and red needles. The center console hosted the gear stick for the six-speed manual transmission. At the same time, the driver was spoiled with a Momo racing steering wheel and a set of aluminum pedals.

Just like its 1974 predecessor, the 2005 Caterham CSR was fitted with a Cosworth engine, only this time it was turbocharged. Moreover, it sent the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, while the independent suspension in all corners was vastly improved.

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CATERHAM CSR 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.3 5MT (200 HP)
  • 2.3 6MT (260 HP)
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CATERHAM CSR 2.3 5MT (200 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 5MT (200 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2261 cm3
Power
149 KW @ 7000 RPM
203 HP @ 7000 RPM
200 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
165 lb-ft @ 5750 RPM
224 Nm @ 5750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/45 R15 || 255/40 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
130 in (3302 mm)
Width
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Height
44.8 in (1138 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.2/57.6 in (1,504/1,463 mm)
Wheelbase
91.1 in (2314 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.9 in (99 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.7
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1246 lbs (565 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1929 lbs (875 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.2 mpg US (16.6 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)

CATERHAM CSR 2.3 6MT (260 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3 6MT (260 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2261 cm3
Power
194 KW @ 7500 RPM
264 HP @ 7500 RPM
260 BHP @ 7500 RPM
Torque
200 lb-ft @ 6200 RPM
271 Nm @ 6200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/45 R15 || 255/40 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
130 in (3302 mm)
Width
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Height
44.8 in (1138 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.2/57.6 in (1,504/1,463 mm)
Wheelbase
91.1 in (2314 mm)
Ground Clearance
3.9 in (99 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.7
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1135 lbs (515 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1808 lbs (820 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.7 mpg US (16 L/100Km)
Highway
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
Combined
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
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