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CATERHAM Roadsport 2007-Present

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

The Caterham bought the license for the nimble roadster Lotus 7 and started to make it with new engines and technologies. It started to do that in 1973 and in 2007 it introduced the Roadsport.

Caterham noticed that their customers cannot drive their cars on the road and the reason for that kind of car was to be on the roads, not in garages or exclusively on the track. So, it added the Roadsport version. A model that could handle better both the roads and the tracks.

With its long nose and the seats moved far back above the rear axle, the Caterham was a fine example of retro-classic design. The shape didn't change too much over the years. Just the materials used the engines and the seats. Since it started with Ford-sourced engines in 1973, it still had the same engine supplier, but with better units.

Inside the cockpit, there were two seats side-by-side for the occupants. There was no trunk or a room for luggage. Just two Recaro seats, a flat instrument panel, and a steering wheel. No doors and no doors either.

Under the long hood, there was a Ford Sigma engine with 1.6-liter displacement. It was offered with 125 or 140 hp respectively, the latter being used more for track days than for cruising. It was mated to a standard 6-speed gearbox.

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CATERHAM Roadsport 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 5MT (127 HP)
  • 1.6L 5MT (142 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT Duratec (177 HP)
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CATERHAM Roadsport 1.6L 5MT (127 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (127 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1600 cm3
Power
93 KW @ 6100 RPM
126 HP @ 6100 RPM
125 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
120 lb-ft @ 5350 RPM
163 Nm @ 5350 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
133.1 in (3381 mm)
Width
62 in (1575 mm)
Height
43.9 in (1115 mm)
Front/rear Track
50/52.6 in (1,270/1,336 mm)
Wheelbase
87.6 in (2225 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Cargo Volume
2.6 cuFT (74 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.7
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1213 lbs (550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1896 lbs (860 kg)

CATERHAM Roadsport 1.6L 5MT (142 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (142 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1600 cm3
Power
104 KW @ 6900 RPM
141 HP @ 6900 RPM
139 BHP @ 6900 RPM
Torque
120 lb-ft @ 5600 RPM
163 Nm @ 5600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122 mph (196 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
133.1 in (3381 mm)
Width
62 in (1575 mm)
Height
43.9 in (1115 mm)
Front/rear Track
50/52.6 in (1,270/1,336 mm)
Wheelbase
87.6 in (2225 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Cargo Volume
2.6 cuFT (74 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.7
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1212.5 lbs (550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1896 lbs (860 kg)

CATERHAM Roadsport 2.0L 5MT Duratec (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT Duratec (177 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1600 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 7000 RPM
177 HP @ 7000 RPM
174 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
139 lb-ft @ 6000 RPM
188 Nm @ 6000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
23.8 gallons (90.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
138 mph (222 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
133.1 in (3381 mm)
Width
62 in (1575 mm)
Height
43.9 in (1115 mm)
Front/rear Track
50/52.6 in (1,270/1,336 mm)
Wheelbase
87.6 in (2225 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Cargo Volume
2.6 cuFT (74 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.7
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1235 lbs (560 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
1918 lbs (870 kg)
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