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Designed by automotive genius Colin Chapman and launched in 1957 under the Lotus badge, the Seven has become one of the most iconic sports cars ever built. Sold as a Lotus until 1972 and as a Caterham since 1973, the tiny, no-nonsense Seven has been offered in many configurations. However, the little roadster has yet to lose its classic charm, despite being fitted with modern technology and increasingly powerful engines. Although the Seven lineup has included at least four to five models over the last decade, Caterham has yet to bring it to the United States on official terms. The drama ended in January 2014, when the Brits reached an agreement with Superformance, and the first U.S.-spec Sevens appeared on the company’s drawing board. In August 2014, Caterham finally announced that the Seven will hit U.S. shores in part-built form.

Two versions are now offered Stateside, being set apart by the number of horses hiding under the hood. The base model is the Seven 360, similar in specifications with the Roadsport 175 currently sold in the United Kingdom. Hopefully we’ll get to drive one and share our impressions soon enough. Meanwhile, make sure you check out the in-depth review below.

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The Renault -Caterham joint venture has officially been dissolved. It was a nice plan at first, but like a lot of nice plans, this one sputtered and died before anything great could come from it. The two sides decided on an amicable split two years after joining forces on what was initially planned as the rebirth of the Alpine brand. The companies were so dedicated at one point, they went so far as to co-found Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham with the intention of launching a pair of similarly styled sports cars by 2016.

But somewhere along the way, the relationship between the two companies disintegrated. It even came to a point where disagreements on the development of the sports cars caused significant delays. So instead of soldiering on and squashing the tensions between the two sides, both companies chose to drop the project entirely and go their separate ways.

Renault has since acquired full ownership of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham and dropped "Caterham" from the official company name. Both companies are moving forward in building new sports cars but will do so independently.

A lot of people, including us, are understandably disappointed that the Renault-Caterham marriage didn’t work. It really had so much promise at the beginning. The thought of a shared sports car that incorporated the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept had a lot of people in the industry at attention, wondering what these companies could create together.

Surprisingly, there are no hard feelings, as the two brands still plan to work together through "other forms of cooperation," but it doesn’t sound as exciting as building a sports car together.

Oh, well. So much for that.

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When it comes to cars that deliver pure driving pleasure, the Caterham Seven is tough to beat. Maybe this is why the roadster has used the same recipe for more than 50 years. Caterham has been working to improve it since 1973, but we mustn’t forget that Colin Chapman, who built the first Lotus 7 in 1957, penned the Seven. It’s true that the technology behind it has changed over the decades, but Chapman’s iconic "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy remained printed in the Seven’s DNA. Caterham sells a host of iterations nowadays, ranging from the bone-stock 165 model to the lightning-fast 620 R, but, from time to time, it also releases special-edition models that become prized collectibles.

For instance, the Brits created quite a stir with the Seven JPE, a Vauxhall -powered Seven developed with input from F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and launched in 1993. More than 20 years have passed since then, and Caterham turned to another Formula One driver to create a new limited edition track rocket. This time it was Kamui Kobayashi’s turn, a Caterham F1 Team ace that has five Grand Prix seasons to his name.

As with most Caterham special editions, the Kobayashi Seven is gifted with a unique appearance and the latest tricks in carbon-fiber embellishment. It packs the same no-nonsense attitude present in all Caterham Caterham -badged vehicles and it has everything it needs to make a petrol-head grovel at its wheels. There is a catch though; the possibility that we may never see one blow past us on the highway is very low. But you’ll have to join us in our in-depth trip to find out why.

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Ah, April 1st is upon us, and the tom foolery of April Fools day seems to have come to an end. We shared with you our own little April Fool with the "teasing" of the new Barracuda , which was obviously a dolled-up and re-badged Dodge Dart . A few of our colleagues seemed to enjoy our little joke, and we saw a bunch that we loved too.

We saw a Ford SVT Bronco, news that the GT-R Hybrid would debut at the 2014 NYIAS, a new BMW "technology," a sportbrake SRT Viper and many more. Some were great and others were pretty crappy. I may be wrong, but my opinion of a good April Fool is an unbelievable story that you can somehow believe. Things like a four-door Ferrari are overdone and completely obvious, but a story like the Ford SVT Bronco is just believable enough to get you going.

We have queried a few of the TopSpeed editors to find out which piece they enjoyed the most.

Click past the jump to see each of our favorites.

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Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

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Source: AutoCar
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Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.

As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.

The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.

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Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The co-developed, A110-50 Concept -inspired sports cars between Caterham and Renault -owned Alpine is quickly shaping up after the final designs for both models have been signed off by company execs.

The two respective models, one carrying a Caterham badge and the other an Alpine badge, are expected to give the two brands their respective stand-alone models. According to Autocar, the launch for both models have been penciled in for 2016 with Caterham even referring to its model as the "C120".

Unlike the Toyota GT86/SubaruBRZ/Scion FR-S trinity that all carried the same styling language, the Caterham Caterham and Alpine sports cars will not be rebadged models; both will actually have different bodies and interiors, something Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker, alluded to when he said that both models will have "completely different impressions that will showcase the best of the two companies."

Performance numbers for both models will likely hit around 250 horsepower, although Caterham has indicated that it could bump its model up to 300 horsepower, all while using the same Renault engine that the Alpine version will carry.

It should get very interesting to see how both brands move forward with their respective iterations of this shared platform. What we do know is that the launch is going to take longer than it was initially planned, which only means that both companies have more time to blow out socks off.

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Source: Autocar UK

Caterham’s F1 team hasn’t had the success it probably expected when it signed up to compete in the world’s most prestigious racing series.

So with little to show for at the track, the Malaysian-owned, UK-based company decided to catch some attention this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix by bringing a new concept called the AeroSeven Concept that it developed with Renault.

On the back, bulging rear wheel arches create an aggressive shoulder, while the exhaust system, which usually has its pipes on the back, has them exiting out of the sides like a hot rod . It’s strange for a Caterham to be described as such, but one look at the AeroSeven Concept and you’ll immediately know that this isn’t exactly what you’d come to expect from the British marque.

On the inside, this model boasts an F1-inspired steering wheel and a fully active Graphical Display Unit.

In terms of drivetrain, the Caterham AeroSeven Concept makes use of an EU-6 compliant, naturally aspirated engine that produces 237 horsepower. The power runs through a six-cog manual gearbox and out to the rear wheels. Thanks to the combination of traction control — a first on a Caterham model — an a new Caterham Engine Management System, which adds in launch control, this compact race can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under four seconds.

What’s more, this is not only a concept model, as Caterham plans to release a production model in early 2016. The production model should carry a similar design and a wider range of engine options. More to come on that later.

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Caterham is teasing for quite some time now a new entry-level version for its Seven lineup. The model, described as a "uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive," will be making its world debut in a prototype version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production version will arrive a few months later and will be put on sale in the Spring of 2014.

The new Caterham Seven 165 will be powered by a 660cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged Suzuki K6A engine that, after some improvements made by Caterham will deliver a total of 80 horsepower and a peak torque of 78 pound-feet.

Caterham promised that the new Seven 165 will be priced under €25,000 ($33,000 at the current exchange rates), while the British market will get a Seven 160 version that will be priced at under £17,000 ($26,000 at the current exchange rates).

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