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  Caterham 21 VHPD
1997 - 2000
Caterham 21 VHPD
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Caterham 21 VHPD Caterham 21 VHPD

Metric   Imperial
Class Sportscar
Body 2 Door 2 Seat
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Number Built 49 
Type Conventional
Details 4 cyl
110 in3 
Max Power
187 bhp @7000rpm 
Max Torque
150 lb/ft @5750rpm 
Power to Weight
292 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
234 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 104 bhp/litre 
Bore x Stroke
Fuel Cons
Top Speed
147 mph 
0 - 30 mph
0 - 60 mph
4.6 sec 
0 - 100 mph
0 - 124 mph
0 - 186 mph
30 - 70 mph
Standing qtr Mile
60 - 0 mph
0 - 100 - 0 mph
Ring Lap Time  
Lateral Accn  
Drag Cd  
149.6 in 
62.2 in 
41.0 in 
1433 lbs 
Wheels (F/R)
Tyres (F/R)
Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal 
Pricing (2016)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £12000 - £17000

The K-Series engined 21 was a very different car to the usual Lotus 7 styled machines with which Caterham had made their reputation. It was more practical with a fully encompassing body, had attractive sleek lines and had lost little of the performance of its track based stablemates.

The 21, however, was not a success, even in it's most powerful VHPD (Very High Performance Derivative) form. Caterham traditionalists only wanted the classic 7 shape, while the more mainstream market balked at the 30k asking price when alternatives like the Lotus Elise were better built, not considered 'kit cars' and also considerably cheaper.

Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/ (x1000)
64% 59% 8% 13
Ranks 545 of 765 Ranks 606 of 765 Ranks 173 of 765 Ranks 125 of 765

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