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  A convertible is a car body style with a folding or retracting roof. The collapsible roof section is typically made from flexible canvas or vinyl, although plastic, aluminium and steel have occasionally been used in elaborate folding designs.

To say simply that Jaguar has been making some cool cars over the last few years would be a monumental disservice to the brand and the work it’s doing. From the complete line of R-S models, the introduction of the F-Type roadster and coupe, and the heritage classics like the Lightweight E-Type project. Of all the interesting and cool things that Jaguar has made, the special Project 7 concept car was easily my favorite. Now Jaguar has decided to make a production version, and it has 567 horsepower. If you aren’t caught up on your Jaguar history, that makes this the most powerful production car to ever come from the team in Coventry.

XCAR was lucky enough to catch some time with Ian Callum, the head of design at Jaguar and the man who penned Project 7, as well as John Edwards, the Managing Director of the Special Operations division at Goodwood . They get a thorough look at the car and get some great insight into how and why the car was created along with some info on why this car is so special. Some of the highlights include a weight cut of nearly 200 pounds, a limited production run of only 250 units, and deliveries are set to start next spring.

If you are one of the lucky few who gets to claim the keys to a Project 7, please drive it. I really want to see one of these in motion on the road one day.

Until 2013, when the Seven 620 R was introduced, the Superlight R500 was Caterham’s most powerful and track-focused sports car ever produced. As of 07/08/2014, the R500 became a thing of the past as the British automaker built the last example of this extreme sports car . Chassis number 174 puts an end to a six-year production run in which the Superlight R500 helped cement Caterham’s reputation as a world-renowned sports car manufacturer.

Powered by a Ford -sourced, 2.0-liter Duratec engine rated at 263 horsepower and tipping the scale at a little over 1,100 pounds, the Superlight R500 hits 60 mph from a standing start in only 2.88 seconds. That’s quicker than many supercars out there and a benchmark very few vehicles can improve upon. Built with track performance in mind, the R500 managed to lap the Top Gear test track in 1:17.9 minutes, nearly half a second faster than the Bugatti Veyron . With so many credentials to its name, the Superlight R500 will definitely be missed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Superlight R500.

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.

The Porsche Boxster was introduced in 1996 as an entry-level, mid-engined sports car . It was Porsche’s first road-going roadster since the 550 Spyder, which was discontinued in 1956, and it didn’t receive an S version until 2000. Although it was received with mild criticism and seen as a departure from Porsche tradition, the Boxster quickly grew on enthusiasts to become the company’s biggest volume seller until the Cayenne SUV was launched in 2003. Initially motivated by a 2.5-liter, flat-six engine, the Boxster started receiving larger, 2.7-liter and 3.2-liter units later in its life. By 2005, a second-generation model had already been introduced and powerplants were upgraded to 2.9-liter and 3.4 liter flat-six mills. The third-gen Boxster (981) arrived for the 2013 model year with extensive visual updates, uprated engines and a brand-new GTS version scheduled for 2015. As we move into the 2016 model year, the Germans are rolling out a mid-cycle refresh for the Boxster, one that follows into the footsteps of the 911 and possibly welcomes an all-new engine to the lineup.

Our spy photographers caught the new Boxster out testing, and let us in on what details they could make out on the new roadster.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Boxster.

When Jaguar introduced the F-Type Project 7 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , we honestly thought the British sports car had reached its peak as far as awesomeness goes. Well, apparently Jaguar is planning to take F-Type up another notch with an even lighter iteration crafted by its newly formed Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division.

Is that even possible given the Project 7 is 176 pounds lighter than the base F-Type Roadster it is based on? According to SVO director Paul Newson, the answer is yes, and the secret to more lightness lies in the stillborn C-X75 supercar. Specifically, Jaguar is pondering the possibility of cutting more weight by replacing the supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 engine fitted in the Project 7 with the tiny, 1.6-liter powerplant showcased in the C-X75 concept car.

"The Project 7 is 80kg lighter, but there are smaller engines that start from a lower point," Newson told Auto Express. "We designed that engine for a £1million supercar , so it’s extremely expensive. But it could work well," he added.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type.

Source: AutoExpress

The Jaguar F-Type reinvented the way we looked at Jaguar . For the first time in years, it had its claws out and the F-Type was one ferocious feline that caused rival companies to tremble in fear. So if that was the F-Type , how do we describe the F-Type Project 7 ? A big cat on steroids? Whatever the case may be, the F-Type Project 7 finally made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and boy oh boy, did it make an impression!

The F-Type Project is the fastest and most powerful production car Jaguar has ever built. Those aren’t hollow words, either, because the company has a long and exquisite history that includes some of the most iconic sports cars ever built. But none of those models could’ve held a candle to the F-Type Project 7.

So it was pretty special seeing the F-Type Project 7 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans . But what made it more memorable was seeing the fastest Jag ever partake in a parade alongside the Jaguar D-Type , the very car that inspired the F-Type. It was a nostalgic look at Jag’s past and present, culminating in the D-Type scoring an incredible victory at the 2014 Le Mans Classic.

The day couldn’t have gone better for Jaguar. It successfully showcased its new pride and joy while also reliving history with another Le Mans win for the D-Type.

Those claws really do look quite menacing, don’t they?

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

British automaker MG is planning to release a successor to the TF two-seat sports car. It won’t happen right away, possibly not even until the end of the decade, but company execs have already discussed the possibility of its return.

Auto Express is reporting that MG executives have not made any concrete plans on the TF’s successor, but did say that steps will be taken as soon as the company successfully transitions under its new owners, China’s SAIC.

Fans of the TF will be happy about this development. We haven’t seen the TF since MG ended production of the sports roadster in 2011. If the estimated timeline is accurate, 2018 or 2019 are likely the safest bets that we see the TF’s successor make its arrival.

That’s admittedly a long way from now, which is a little disappointing. For now, the company is focused on building a pair of new vehicle architectures that will be used on other models, including a CS Concept -based SUV and an MG5 that the company plans to put against the Ford Focus . At least one of those models is slated for a 2015 release.

There’s clearly a lot of moving pieces going on within MG these days. Being under SAIC ownership has helped in that regard, allowing the British automaker to begin its return to relevancy.

This talked-about two-seater sports car may still be years away from being launched. But the mere mention of serious discussions taking place has us hopeful of an automotive future that has MG in it.

Click past the jump to read more about MG TF.

Source: AutoExpress

Mazda has just revealed that the 2016 Miata will be unveiled on September 3rd. That’s awesome news for sports car nuts like you and me, but the big news lies in the teaser the Japanese released along with the brief announcement. And it’s not the customary photo that shows either a headlamps or a wheel. It’s way better, as we’re getting a taste of the Miata’s brand-new, turbocharged engine.

That’s right folks, the Miata is embracing forced induction and all the coolness that comes with it. Details are still under wraps as of 07/04/2014, but the MX-5 screaming up a canyon road in the adjacent video suggests a lot of goodness is coming our way. The slight whistle you’re hearing on those upshifts is a clear indication of a turbocharger unit residing under the hood, most likely mated to the aluminum, four-banger engine everyone’s been talking about lately.

We already know Mazda is using a SkyActive chassis for the upcoming Miata, which means we’re also getting a lighter, and more fuel efficient sports car to go with the force-fed powerplant. All we need is to find out more about the number of horses directed to the pavement and have a glimpse at the Miata’s brand-new design. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for September 3rd to arrive. Stay tuned to TopSpeed until then, we have a feeling there are more teasers coming our way.

Porsche has spent years working on the 911 , but while that might be its ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of its best sellers. When the Boxster debuted in 1997, enthusiasts first saw it as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful as the iconic 911. The second-gen Boxster hit the market for the 2015 model year with a light nip-and-tuck job on the exterior and a huge overhaul on the inside. In 2013, the third-gen Boxster arrived with another evolutionary change to the body and a revised cabin. This look carries into the 2015 model year with only minor changes.

The Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are now an accepted part of the Porsche family. In fact, some enthusiasts consider them better driving than the 911, thanks to their mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the 911’s rear-mounted unit.

This belief that the Boxster may be a better driver was only compounded with the release of the GTS model for 2014. This model gained 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and the Sport Chrono package. Oh, and I almost forgot that the GTS gained an extra 35 horses and 7 pound-feet of twist to go with its better handling.

Updated 07/03/2014: Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 2015 Boxster which is now on sale. Changes include new exterior colors, new two-tone leather and a series of new options.

Hit the jump to read more on the Porsche Boxster.

When it comes to getting close to awesome slabs of carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, few are better at it than Shmee 150. Sure, his videos may be a little raw and unrefined, but damn does he get up close and personal with the best cars in the world. This time around, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Shmee found himself in a paddock filled with a number of supercars and sports cars that would make any normal man scream like a little girl that just got the pony she always wanted. But instead, Shmee calmly makes his way through the paddock rattling off all the cars he sees along the way.

This list of supercar awesomeness includes the 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 , Ferrari LaFerrari , Pagani Huayra , 911 Turbo S, Merc SLS AMG GT Black , Nissan GT-R Nismo , Alfa Romeo 4C , Rolls-Royce Wraith, Arash AF8 , Lexus LF-A, Audi R8 V10, MSO 650S , 458 Speciale, and California T. If that list of fantastic petrol burners isn’t enough for you, there were also two ultra-super special models in the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS and the amazing Koenigsegg One:1.

How Shmee manages to rattle off all of this amazing rigs without becoming a little giddy is beyond me. Maybe he has become a little desensitized over the years, but he certainly did a great job showing off each car he saw.


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