Despite the recent decline in car sales and consumer spending, all of the $200,000 Caterham-based Levante supercars scheduled for production have been sold.
Launched in Spring 2008, the Levante is the most powerful production car based on the original Lotus 7/Caterham chassis ever, with only eight being hand-built by British company RS Performance in association with Caterham Cars.
The Levante boasts RS Performance's unique, in-house designed supercharged 500hp 2.4 liter V8 engine, installed in a modified version of the lightweight Caterham SV chassis. With close to 1000hp-per-tonne, the figure is nearly double that of the Bugatti Veyron.
With its modern and aggressive interpretation of the Seven's classic looks, the Levante possesses a sophisticated electronics package, including traction and launch control, to allow drivers to get the most from the incredible machine. All new owners of Caterham RS models are required to attend a two-day advanced driving course on delivery of their machines.
Caterham sales & marketing director, Andy Noble, commented: "The fact all eight Levantes sold so quickly was no surprise. Over the last 51 years, the Seven has met the demand of people searching for the purest form of driving available. And the Levante takes Colin Chapman's original design to a staggering new level."
The 40-valve V8 in the RS Levante's runs at 8psi boost pressure to produce its 500hp at 10,000rpm and 300 lb-ft at 8500rpm. The transmission is a paddle shifted six-speed sequential unit with limited-slip differential. Acceleration is claimed to be under 3sec for 0-60mph, with the top speed limited to 150mph.
The vehicle uses 280mm front and 260mm rear Hi Spec brakes. The Image Billet wheels measure 15x8-inch front and 15x10-inch rear with 195/45-15 and 245/40-15 Avon CR500 tires respectively. The Levante weighs from 1150 lb, depending on specification.