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  Roadster cars are convertible compact sport cars, more or less luxurious but with a bold look and providing lots of feedback to the driver. they are the fun fast cars by excellence

After a failed partnership with Group Lotus, entrepreneur and Team Lotus boss, Tony Fernandes, has recently expanded his automotive profile with the acquisition of British sports car maker, Caterham Cars . The official confirmation was given at a special event at Duxford’s Imperial War Museum. Both companies have a strong link to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of ’less is more’ and Fernandes’ opportunistic interest in road cars places Caterham’s unique Seven on a pedestal. Proof of that is in the new special edition Team Lotus Special Edition Seven created to start this partnership off on the right foot.

The only distinguishing features for the Team Lotus Seven will be its Team Lotus-inspired livery paint job with matching interior. The most important addition will be a plaque carrying the signatures of Team Lotus F1 drivers, Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen. Owners will also receive a Seven history book signed by chief designer, Mike Gascoyne.

Caterham managing director, Ansar Ali, said: "Caterham Cars is starting an exciting and hugely important chapter, so it’s entirely fitting that we celebrate our opportunity to take Colin Chapman’s ‘less is more’ philosophy global, with this special car. Owners of the Special Edition Sevens will have not only a fabulous British sportscar, but a genuine piece of automotive history in their garage."

The new Team Lotus Seven will be limited to only 25 units, each priced at £13,650 or about $22,500 at the current exchange rates. The package can also be applied to any model in the line-up, up to the top of the range Superlight R500 .

Who would have thought that when The Fast and The Furious came out ten years ago, it would give birth to five movies that would turn just about anyone into a car-lovin’, rubber burnin’ gearhead? We may not have seen the last installment just yet – it comes out on April 29, 2011 - but the trailers and spoilers lead us to believe that it will be just as bad-ass, if not more so, then the first four movies.

Why do we love the Fast and Furious franchise? Any answer other than the beautiful and heart-thumping rides would just be automotive blasphemy. These actors get to toy around in some incredible vehicles, including Vin Diesel’s latest go-around in a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport . This latest Fast and Furious edition has been specifically built by Mongoose Motors to be driven off-road in the desert/train sequences of the new movie. There are actually five replicas of the Grand Sport and we can only assume that if any made it past this production, they will certainly be going to highest bidder at some point.

Next to a GT40 and a Classic 1971 Pantera, the Corvette Grand Sport will be among the cars featured in the first scenes, but the list of cars featured in the movie is much, much longer. We don’t want to ruin the surprise, but expect to also see a 370Z , an LFA , CCX , and a Porsche GT3 .

Hit the jump to read more about the Fast Five Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.

After quite a long time now, and many teaser images, Mercedes has finally dropped the official details on the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster. The model gets a totally new design, inspired by the legendary 190 SL from the 1950s, an innovative interior with features like Magic Sky Control.

The US market will get two petrol models - SLK 350 and SLK 250 - and, for the first time, a new 250 CDI model. Depending on the trim the new SLK will get a V6 or a four-cylinder engine, or the brand new diesel variant. The diesel powered Merc will get a 2.1 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine dishing out 204 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque. These engines will be mated to a six-speed manual or a 7G‑TRONIC PLUS transmission. The fuel economy has been considerable improved, while the top speed is limited as usual at 155 mph.

UPDATE 10/13/2011 : Mercedes has unveiled new images of the new generation SLK-Class. Check them out in the gallery provided!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes SLK Roadster.

Just as BMW promised back in February, they have arrived at the 2011 New York Auto Show with the return of a 4-cylinder engine to the US line-up. The first vehicle to benefit from this new engine is the Z4 sDrive28i. This new model will go on sale this fall and will replace the Z4 sDrive30i (pictured).

The new 4-cylinder engine delivers a total of 240 HP at 5,000 rpm and a peak torque of 260 lb-ft at only 1,250 rpm. This power will allow 30% more torque than the inline-six engine and achieves 1,500 rpm earlier.

The 4-cylinder engine features an all-aluminum crankcase and is lighter and more compact than a 6-cylinder engine. The turbocharger is a twin-scroll system. The exhaust streams out in two separate pairs of cylinders, flowing through the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger, then circulating to the turbine wheel.

The new Z4 sDrive28i will be offered with an eight speed automatic transmission and will offer a fuel efficiency gain of approximately 20% over the naturally aspirated engine it replaces.

UPDATE 04/22/2011: Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy, BMW of North America talks about the new BMW Z4 equipped with a four-cylinder engine. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.

UPDATE 08/22/11: BMW has released a new promo video of the Z4 sDrive28i as its being driven around Grimes Canyon. If you ask us, the car looks great!

Next to the Veyron Super Sport Black Carbon Edition , Bugatti also brought theVeyron Grand Sport Matte White to the Shanghai Auto Show. Not much was changed for the fastest car in the world, but the new color combination adds an icy appeal to the overall look of the car.

As its name suggests, this special edition comes painted in matte white combined with blue carbon elements on the Bugatti’s lower section and blue finished alloy wheels. The interior is also painted in a crisp blue and is combined with white stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and gear lever. An aluminum console is also present to dazzle the potential buyer.

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Matte White continues on with its 8.0L W16 engine because why on earth would anyone change that? This engine produces a spectacular 1001 HP and sprints the car to an impressive top speed of 217 mph.

"This Grand Sport is an example of the versatile possibilities customers have when designing their unique Grand Sport in co-operation with the Bugatti team", explained the President of Bugatti Wolfgang Dürheimer at the Auto Shanghai. "We will continue to expand the design possibilities for the Bugatti brand."

This special Veyron was specially built by the Bugatti customization team to its destined owner‘s exact specifications. That’t right, this baby has already been sold.

British manufacturer, Radical Sports Cars , will be celebrating the SR3’s 10th anniversary with the launch of a special edition SR3 RS Limited. Only 25 units of this special edition will be produced, each carrying a price tag of £49,850, or about $81,000 at the current exchange rates. The car is now available for order.

The SR3 RS Limited is a trackday-focused edition and is available in three summer color options: Spice Yellow, Tangerine, and Rosso Red combined with a unique matte vinyl graphics pack.

Under the hood, the SR3 RS Limited gets a 1340cc RPE-Suzuki engine that delivers a total of 210 HP at 10,500rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox and gear drive system. It also features a Quaife ATB differential, 260x25mm 30-vane ventilated discs front and rear, high-downforce rear diffuser, passenger seat belts, trackday silencing kit, a unique identification numbered plate (1 to 25), and spares ‘starter pack’ including spare wheels/wet-weather tires, filters, and accessories.

The snow has melted in most parts of the world, so customers are gearing up for what will be a hot Spring and an even hotter Summer. And if you just so happen to be an owner of a 2008 -2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster , then you’ll want to pay attention. Schmidt Revolution has prepared a tuning package for the roadster that offers a new set of wheels, a new coilover suspension and a stainless steel exhaust system to get the car ready for those long, top down rides.

Starting from the bottom up, Schmidt Revolution will have two sets of wheels for customers to choose from. Variant 1 includes a new set of three-part C-Line wheels, size 9.5x20-inch front and 12x20-inch rear, with 245/30-20 and 305/25-20 Hankook tires for a price of $7,200. The next version, Variant 2, will include wheels, size 21", with 245/30-21 and 295/25-21 tires. This set goes for $8,600. Both sets come with Radinox-coated rims that are washable and suitable for everyday use.

Further customization for the Nissan 370Z Roadster comes from a new H&R coilover system that allows the 370Z to hug the ground a little tighter and a new stainless steel exhaust system along with dampers for a more appropriate engine sound. The coilover system can be had for $1,600, while the exhaust system pushes the envelope further at $6,500.

No changes were made to boost performance for the 370Z Roadster, so the customer will have to make due with the 3.7 Liter DOHC V6 engine already situated under its hood. This engine will produce 332 HP, up 26 HP from the old VQ35 engine thanks to the new Variable Valve Event and Lift control (VVEL) which manipulate the motor’s breathing too ensure optimum respiration and allow for the car’s redline to be raised by 1000 revs all the way up to 7500 RPM. The engine is mated to either a seven speed automatic with Downshift Rev Matching or a close ratio six speed manual with throttle blipping SynchroRev Match.

The Lotus-based Caterham Seven has been around for quite awhile with the first sports car model setting its wheels to the road back in 1973. A lot has changed since then and Caterham is now up for the challenge of producing a speedier model derived directly from the race car that competes in the highly-successful Caterham Supersport championship. The new model is appropriately called the Supersport and can be purchased for £19,995 (including tax) in self-build form (about $32,600 at the current exchange rates).

Caterham Cars engineering director, Mark Edwards, said: "The SP/300.R was our first brand new model for 15 years. But the Supersport is all about our roots. The Seven was born out of motorsport and this new model illustrates the values – accessibility, affordability and unadulterated fun – that have made Caterham the iconic brand it is today and which will ensure the Seven’s continuing global success. We’ve built faster and more powerful accelerating cars before, but the Supersport’s character, value and low running costs have generated a machine that will excite sportscar fans, including those on a budget."

Hit the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven Supersport.

It wasn’t that long ago when Horacio Pagani confirmed that their latest Huayra supercar would indeed see a roadster version in about three years. And although this news doesn’t exactly surprise many of us who saw this car coming from a mile away, its potential look is something that can only be dreamed about. That is, unless you’re the impatient type and want to check out our rendering for a sneak peek at its design instead.

So, Pagani will slice and dice the roof off of their Huayra supercar and consequentially eliminate the gull wing doors, but little else will be changed at all. Expect the same carbon-titanium chassis, 700 HP twin-turbocharged engine, X-trac seven-speed sequential transmission, and all of the rest of the goodies that make the Huayra special. You can also expect slower performance times thanks to the added weight of the convertible roof, not that you would notice the difference as the wind barrels through your hair at high speeds.

UPDATE 04/01/2011: Check out our new renderings for the future Paganui Huayra Roadster!

Updated 02/19/2014: New details on the Huayra Roadster suggest that this version could be unveiled in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned to see how the final version will look like. (Thesupercakids)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Pagani Huayra Roadster.

While we’re preparing for our New York Auto Show, the other side of the world is hosting numerous automakers at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show in Korea. One of the automakers dazzling the show floor is Chevrolet with their new Miray concept car - a mid-electric hybrid-powered sports car whose name means "Future" in Korean. The concept was built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary and previews the company’s future design language evolution.

The new Miray concept combines design elements from the 1963 ’Monza (Monza) SS’ and 1962 Corvair Super Spyder and molds them into a futuristic design language. It features an aerodynamic body shape with Le Mans (Le Mans) racer-style vertical doors, a dual-port grille, LED headlamps, a carbon fiber spoiler, and a new set of wheels, 20" at the front and 21" at the rear.

According to GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone, "’Mi-ray’ is Korean for ‘future.’ As GM rolls out Chevrolet across Korea, the Mi-ray concept offers an exploration of future possibilities for the brand. It strengthens the bond between car and driver, creating a fresh look at what sports cars of the future might be."

UPDATE 08/16/11: The Chevrolet Mi-Ray Concept left such an impression at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year that the Bowtie has decided to bring the Asia-penned concept car to one of the biggest auto shows of the year in Frankfurt. That’s great news because when we saw in Seoul, we couldn’t get enough of it, so to see it in Frankfurt is a pretty good treat for us.

Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Mi-ray concept.


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