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The horsepower wars are over! Sort of. The war may still rage on, but Mercedes Benz has gracefully bowed out. MB's performance division AMG released a statement yesterday that says they are now going to focus on a lower emissions strategy for all future models and pursue technologies that can improve performance by optimizing engines and reducing curb weight. Right. These are the same dudes who made 500hp station wagons.

Truthfully, as long as their models still rip around tracks faster than Yung Bergs manager running from the cops, we'll be happy. In anticipation of MB's first lightweight, fuel sipping models, we compiled a list of our favorite lightweight sports cars. Whatever they build has to be at least on par with these. If not, they should be back to making 500hp family cars. Check out the best of the best below...

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• Car: Caterham Superlight R500 2.0L
• Made of: Carbon fiber and fiber glass.
• Power: 263hp
• Weight: 1,115 lbs
• Price: $55,585
• Claim to fame: Track monster. Top Gear's 2008 Car of the Year. Caterham claims their cars are made for the track but can be driven on the daily. Right. Unless you live in SoCal and don't mind driving an inch from the ground and feeling every crack in the road, this ain't a daily driver.

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