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The Caterham Seven: Four wheels, all muscle

  • 27 August 2014

In terms of 6.0 quakes, walking away in one piece is a good thing. Driving away: even better.

Look, then, to Sonoma Raceway. Dangerously near the epicenter of this weekend's hullabaloo — and completely unscathed.

That's a new lease on life that demands celebration, and we can think of no better way than chewing up that lucky asphalt with a brand new Caterham Seven, now shipping.

Available in two new flavors and descended from noble Lotus blood, the Seven is a thunderous testament to speed with classic racecar looks and a distinct absence of windscreens.

Thing's all engine, but it does have a passenger seat for sharing the white-knuckled love.

The 480 is your standard 140 MPH rocket on wheels, and the 620R adds a supercharger to that formula for another 70 HP.

So, beast mode.

Downside: you won't find these lovelies in a showroom. Caterham crate-ships them in kit form.

Upside: Rich Kamp of Sonoma's Kampeña Motors not only sells them, but he's got the shop and the tools, and he knows his way around a build.

Leaving you to focus on color scheme.

Let the next big one be the rumble of your engine.

The Specifics

Caterham Cars

Get yours at Kampeña Motors

19676 8th St east #102

Sonoma

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