With 135 horses coursing from its 1.6-litre Ford Sigma (at 6,800rpm) and weighing just 540kg, the Super Seven takes exactly five seconds to sprint to 62mph, with a top speed of 122mph promised. Jenvey throttle bodies justify the ‘Super’ name in this instance, and the result is a wonderfully analogue, carbed throttle response. The motor delivers a delicious induction whoosh, while the exhaust barks in accord.
The gear ratios are long and the throw is short and wonderfully mechanical, making for an effortless drive. The steering is sharp and immediate too – at speed, that is, for the lack of power steering can prove a right pain when it comes to slow manoeuvring. In fact, while it may look like an original, the new Super Seven boasts all the performance and handling characteristics of its modern peers. It clings as if on rails, its low centre of gravity conducive to fast corners, while the firm, short-travel suspension swallows small digressions from the road surface well.
There’s nothing in the way of electronic driver aids here, and it’s a refreshing change. Give it an eager stamp on the pedal on a greasy road, and the back end will gladly step out. It’s nowhere near as tail happy as many of its peers, however, and would make perhaps the gentlest introduction to the marque a driver could get. The brakes are perfectly matched to its performance and the suspension is a firm reminder that this, after all, just an overgrown go-kart.