British automobile maker Caterham has removed the cover off its 2026 Caterham Project V, a sports car that is breaking the barriers for their company as well as EVs as a whole. The 268-horsepower coupe features a roof that is closed and features the same practicality as many other sports cars that are modern and will not be found in standard Caterhams, like those of the Seven 620. With a curb weight of less than two hundred pounds, Caterham created one of the lighter EVs that exist while staying true to its reputation for making light, agile sports cars. A more refined design can also increase the appeal of the Caterham brand. So let’s discuss everything that we can about the car.
2026 Caterham Project V Redesign
Just take an initial look at the external style that is this 2026 Caterham Project V to see how the British marque has ventured out of its home base. It makes every Caterham appearance more agricultural. The Italdesign-designed Project V has the curvaceous lines and style to be a part of Porsche 718. This may be an idea however, it appears like it’s ready to roll from the manufacturing line. The front is dominated by the hood is low and has an enviably-sized grille simple headlight clusters, and daytime running lamps on the sides.
From the side, the large fenders are the primary visual element that gives the car a striking appearance. The doors have handles that are flush with the bodywork and the wheels of this model have a black look. They are wrapped by Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires The wheels are 19 inches tall in front and 20 inches in the back. They partially hide high-performance brake calipers.
The classic coupe’s roofline is a good way to lead to the car’s rear, where traditional taillight clusters have been replaced by taillight rings that have a central section that is the same hue as the car’s body. We’re hoping to see more traditional taillights for the production version However, nothing else looks like it needs a change. The window in the rear appears to be rather thin, which could affect visibility.
Despite its tiny dimensions, this 2026 Caterham Project V’s planned curb weight of 2,624 lbs is impressive for an electric vehicle. In some ways, the compact Chevy Bolt EV weighs almost 1000 pounds higher than the Project V, and a gasoline-powered sports car such as the Toyota GR86 weighs more. Toyota GR86 is heavier, as well. The Caterham’s bodywork is made of composite, carbon fiber chassis, and aluminum alloy, as well as a tiny battery all contribute to reducing its weight. Project V has a length of 167.5 inches, just 0.4 inches short of the most recent GR86. The Caterham features an overall length of 74.5 inches a 101.6-inch wheelbase and a low height of 48.3 inches.
Because it weighs just a little, Caterham didn’t have to have to equip its Project V with an unnecessarily powerful engine. One electric motor is located on the rear of the axle (the Project V is a rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle) and produces 268 horsepower. The sprint to 62 mph is less than 4.5 seconds, while the maximum speed is at 143 mph. The speed isn’t going to break records, but as with every Caterham car, this one is designed to provide a thrilling driving experience. But it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of power.
The design is based on double-wishbone front rear suspensions that are fully adjustable to the geometry. The steering is electric-powered however there isn’t a wide range of driving modes. Instead, drivers can select between the normal, Sport, and Sprint driving modes. With its size and weight, we are expecting Project V to be Project V to be one of the most exciting EVs to operate.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The 2026 Caterham Project V has a 55-kWh USOC lithium-ion battery that has sophisticated temperature management. It’s not a huge battery, therefore the intended WLTP range is only 249 miles (expect an EPA rating closer to 200 miles) However, its compact size helps keep the vehicle’s weight low and leads to speedy charging. With the 150-kW DC fast charger battery, it can be replenished from 20 to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. We are expecting good performance ratings from an EV that weighs just a little However, these specifications are not available until later.
The 2026 Caterham Project V’s surprisingly simple interior puts the emphasis heavily on its driving experiences. Consider the steering wheel for example, which is merely used to steer the vehicle but doesn’t include one button. Below the center console is a row of physical switches to control things such as the driving mode and even an insignificant touchscreen but it is not the only one, it overpowers the simple layout. There are easy-to-access dials to regulate the ventilation system and a set of sporty gauges is located just above the touchscreen. The primary gauges could be digital, but they’re still sporting an old-fashioned look and simple, straightforward graphics. Integration with smartphones has been added.
A mixture of leather Alcantara or suede is used to cover the 2026 Caterham Project V seating Carbon fiber is also present in the cabin. The seats are, in fact, from Maserati. The cabin’s major highlight is the standard 2-+1 seating arrangement for three passengers, giving one rear-seat passenger more room while maximizing access and exit. A more traditional 2+2 layout for four passengers will be available. Given the vehicle’s compact dimensions, we don’t think that the twin or single rear seat to be spacious enough to comfortably seat adults. There is no confirmation of the cargo capacity available on the 2026 Caterham Project V. We wouldn’t anticipate anything more than a golf bag that fits inside the trunk.
2026 Caterham Project V Release Date & Price
It will be a while since the release date of 2026 Caterham Project V (as it is now known) is set to be late 2025 or 2026. It’s likely to launch initially in the UK market first, and then be released in the USA in the following years. The cost of the 2026 Caterham Project V will begin with a price of less than the 80,000 euro mark. How much it will convert to dollars is contingent upon the rate of exchange at that moment. It’s reasonable to anticipate that the MSRP to be in the vicinity of six figures. There aren’t any other electric sports cars available at this price or with the speed and light design of the 2026 Project V.
The Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT are high-performance EVs that are in the same price range, however, both are larger and heavier than the Caterham, as well as more extravagant automobiles. A car like that of the Toyota GR86 gets close to the ethos of lightweight in the Caterham but isn’t worth half the price and doesn’t belong quite in the same class of performance.
Car enthusiasts who are interested in both gas and electric power can consider the following contenders to that of the Caterham: Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette, or more powerful versions of the 718 Cayman. Porsche is currently working with an electric Cayman which could be an exact match to the upcoming 2026 Caterham Project V car however, until it is available the Caterham is a stand-out model.