Key facts

1985 Caterham 1700 Super Sprint information summary

What body style?
roadster with 2 seats
How long?
3390 mm
How heavy?
543 kg
What size engine?
1.7 litre, 1692 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
137 PS / 135 bhp / 101 kW @ 6000 rpm
How much torque?
165 Nm / 122 / 16.8 kgm @ 4500 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 5.9 s
How fast?
179 km/h, 111 mph


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1985 Caterham 1700 Super Sprint technical specifications


This vehicle has a roadster body style with a front mounted engine driving through the rear wheels.
The Caterham 1700 Super Sprint's engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 1.7 litre, overhead valve 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. This unit has an output of 135 bhp (137 PS/101 kW) of power at 6000 rpm, and maximum torque of 165 N·m (122 lb·ft/16.8 kgm) at 4500 rpm.
Its quoted weight at the kerb is 543 kg.
Top quoted speed is 179 km/h or 111 mph.
1985 Caterham 1700 Super Sprint data
1985 Caterham 1700 Super Sprint data
Body type2 seater roadster
Number of doors
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2235 88
Track/tread (front)
Track/tread (rear)
Length 3390 133.5
Width 1575 62
Height 1080 42.5
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.52
Kerb weight 543 kg 1197 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.7 litre
1692 cc
(103.252 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 83.3 × 77.6 mm
3.28 × 3.06 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.07
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 137 PS (135 bhp) (101 kW)
at 6000 rpm
Specific output 79.8 bhp/litre
1.31 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 165 Nm (122 ft·lb) (16.8 kgm)
at 4500 rpm
Specific torque 97.52 Nm/litre
1.18 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 10.5:1
Fuel system 2 We carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1225.4 kPa (177.7 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 423 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 5.9 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 14.6 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 179 km/h (111 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 252.07 PS/g
185.4 kW/g
248.62 bhp/ton
0.11 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 5.39 kg/kW
9.01 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
general ID18645
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 17.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1985 Caterham 1700 Super Sprint added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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