If you can live without any modern day luxury and comfort amenities and don’t mind getting your own or your trusted mechanic's hands dirty to drive one of the world's most purest and exciting cars, then you'll be happy to learn that Caterham's iconic Seven is now officially and legally available for sale in the United States.
As of January 1, the Seven is offered in a number of different versions from Caterham's official U.S. distributor, Irvine, California-based Superformance, including the Seven 480 and the new Seven 620R with a 310hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four.
According to the company, the vehicles will be shipped to the States in part-built form and sold as rolling chassis via Superformance’s nationwide dealer network with customers then having to complete the build at home.
Caterham noted that X Factor host Simon Cowell deserves some kudos for the move to offer cars in the States as the delivery of a Seven CSR 260 to his home in Los Angeles sparked "increased American interest" in the series.
Caterham Group CEO, Graham Macdonald, commented:
“The US market has always been a difficult one for us, thanks to the stringent federal homologation rules. But we know there is an appetite for our particular brand of lightweight and performance and we already export our SP/300.R to the States through Dyson Racing."