Starting price could be less than £80,000.
I know, I know, this is not the type of car that comes to your mind when you hear the name ‘Caterham’. But you know, sometimes we all like to try something different than what we usually do, and I guess that’s what the Caterham Project V is all about. It’s an all-electric coupe (concept), and the company expects to reveal a production version in late 2025 or early 2026.
In terms of styling, the Caterham Project V looks really pretty, isn’t it? It gives off mixed vibes of a Porsche, a Lotus and a Bentley. Its face also reminds me of the Piëch GT, an upcoming electric sports car from a startup owned by the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche. The chassis is a composite of carbon fibre and aluminium, as are the body panels. Caterham is targeting a DIN weight of 1,190 kg (2,623.5 lbs) with all fluids and no occupants.
A Caterham Seven’s design is simple and minimalist, it’s designed for its intended function, to be lightweight and fun to drive. With Project V, we’re applying this philosophy to the sports coupé architecture to create a seducing and timeless silhouette. Every single feature has to justify itself from a weight perspective to maintain lightness and optimise driver engagement. – Anthony Jannarelly, Chief Designer for Project V
The concept features a double-wishbone front and rear suspension setup with adjustability, and rides on a staggered setup of 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. For those interested to know the dimensions, the Project V measures 4,255 mm long, 1,893 mm wide and 1,226 mm tall, which makes it a bit smaller than the Boxster-Cayman duo but a bit larger than the Alpine A110.
Inside, things look simple and minimal—as is the case with the exterior design. There are a few analogue-style digital gauges (yes, you read that right), and you’ve also got a convenient touchscreen for your navigation and entertainment needs. There are some physical controls as well, which is always comforting to know. That steering wheel reminds me of that of a Porsche, but I’m pretty sure it didn’t come from Stuttgart. But anyway, you can have your Caterham Project V with a 2+1 or a 2+2 seating layout.
So, what powers the Caterham Project V is a single electric motor on the rear axle, offering 200 kW (272 metric hp) and an undisclosed amount of torque. There are two battery packs with a combined capacity of 55 kWh, estimated to offer a WLTP mixed range of up to 400 km (248.5 mi). Caterham aims for a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of less than 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).