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2013-02-07 11:43

MOST POWERFUL SEVEN YET: The soon to be released Caterham Seven is said to be the automaker's most powerful model yet. Above shows its monstrous engine.

LONDON, England - Caterham’s most powerful Seven yet is nearing completion and will be launched later in 2013 in the UK.

The as-yet-unnamed variant of the iconic Seven sports car will top the current range of Caterham EUV-compliant vehicles – the 1.6 and 2.0 Roadsport 120, CSR 175 and the Superlight R300.

The Ford Duratec engine that's been a mainstay of Lotus Sevens in the UK for the past five years is being redeveloped for EUV type approval by the group’s engineering and design consultancy, Caterham Technology & Innovation.

Production of the new cars will start after EU noise and emissions regulations are met.

'BOOST FOR CUSTOMERS

Caterham CEO Graham Macdonald said: “We’ve long wished to bring our pan-European Seven in line with the more powerful cars available in the UK. With the addition to the Caterham family of CTI, we now have additional in-house capability to design and develop products that can do that.

“The new car will be a real boost for all our customers across Europe who like what they see in the R300 but hanker after even more performance. Our motorsport activities in France and Germany, particularly, remain extremely strong so we know that appetite is out there and, for what will be a very competitive price tag, I expect the order book to fill fast.”

Prices and performance stats will be released "in due course".

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