Ford Unleashes Gang of Focus STs on 2012 SEMA Show

Ford Unleashes Gang of Focus STs on 2012 SEMA Show
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Ford unveiled five individually customized versions of its new Focus ST hot hatch today at the 2012 SEMA Show. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Polo R to Bow at 2013 Geneva Motor Show

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Volkswagen Polo R to Bow at 2013 Geneva Motor Show
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Volkswagen may have pretty much invented the sub-compact car segment in North America, and yet the brand has shown very little interest in bringing its current small car to America. That will become a serious shame next year when the German auto giant unveils a hopped-up “R” badged version of its popular hatchback. Continue Reading...

2014 Volkswagen Golf R Caught Testing in Spy Photos

2014 Volkswagen Golf R Caught Testing in Spy Photos
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Topping the brand’s hot hatch range, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R is appearing today for the first time in spy photos with a few visibile changes over the current model. Continue Reading...

Mercedes A45 AMG Promises to be Brand’s Most Powerful 4-Cylinder

Mercedes A45 AMG Promises to be Brand’s Most Powerful 4-Cylinder
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Set to take on the Audi RS3 and BMW M135i, neither of which are available in North America, Mercedes has reportedly confirmed details of its upcoming premium hot-hatch, which will wear the A45 AMG badge. Continue Reading...

2013 Ford Focus ST Pricing Leaked: $23,700

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2013 Ford Focus ST Pricing Leaked: $23,700
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According to a leaked spec sheet, Ford‘s upcoming Focus ST global hot hatch will start at $23,700 ($24,495 with the $795 destination charge). Since its inception, Ford’s former Global Performance Vehicles chief Jost Capito intended for the Ford Focus ST to be at the top of its class, “We want to have the best hot hatch… Continue Reading...

Ford Focus RS Development Delayed

Ford Focus RS Development Delayed
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In an interview, Ford vehicle line director Gunnar Herrman reported that development on the next-generation Focus RS hot hatch have been delayed to bump development of various other vehicles and its trims and variants, especially the Ford Kuga/Escape and the Ford Focus Electric. Simply, Herrmann explained that “It’s just because we have other priorities to… Continue Reading...

Citroën DS4 R Concept is a Hot Hatch to Pine Over: Geneva Motor Show Preview

Citroën DS4 R Concept is a Hot Hatch to Pine Over: Geneva Motor Show Preview
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Citroën has just released official images of its latest hot-hatch concept model set to premiere at the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It’s images like these that convince us the North American market could really use some French metal. In terms of hardware, the Citroën DS4 Racing concept receives the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine found in… Continue Reading...

Chevy Sonic RS Gets Added Style and Handling, Not Power: Detroit Auto Show Preview

Chevy Sonic RS Gets Added Style and Handling, Not Power: Detroit Auto Show Preview
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As rumored, Chevy has unveiled a new Sonic RS model with a long list of extras, improving the cars looks and handling. Plus, the new sport-tuned Sonic RS also comes equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink telematics system with a 7-inch color touchscreen. Available only in the 5-door hatchback style, the car gets a new aero… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500 Abarth Video – First Look: 2011 LA Auto Show

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The Fiat 500 was just an appetizer. This is the car Fiat fans have really been waiting for, the 500 Abarth. Built by the automaker’s in-house tuning division, the Abarth model gets a long list of upgrades, from a lower and stiffer suspension, to upgraded wheels and, most importantly, a turbocharged mated to the 1.4-liter… Continue Reading...

Ford Fiesta ST Concept Revealed Ahead Of LA Auto Show Debut

Ford Fiesta ST Concept Revealed Ahead Of LA Auto Show Debut
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For long one of the most beloved hot hatches in Europe, the Ford Fiesta ST Concept will be unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. Recently at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford revealed a three-door ST concept, a sign that perhaps the hot-hatch sub-compact would not be offered in North America. This new five-door… Continue Reading...

Fiat 500 Abarth Confirmed for LA Auto Show Debut

Fiat 500 Abarth Confirmed for LA Auto Show Debut
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Fiat has officially confirmed it will add a third model to its U.S. lineup, debuting the new 500 Abarth at the LA Auto Show. Looking like a kitted-out version of the standard 500, this car is certain to hit the sweet spot with enthusiasts, and is expected to come equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder… Continue Reading...

Ford Focus ST To Debut At Frankfurt Auto Show, Details Released In Advance

Ford Focus ST To Debut At Frankfurt Auto Show, Details Released In Advance
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For the European market, the thought of another high performance Ford Focus has become banal, but North America is eagerly awaiting the launch of the first “Euro” hot hatch variant of the Focus, with the upcoming Ford Focus ST. The original Focus SVT was based on a European model called the Focus ST170, but the… Continue Reading...

Ford Focus Facebook Fans Get Exclusive Insights Into New Focus ST

Ford Focus Facebook Fans Get Exclusive Insights Into New Focus ST
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Facebook is more than just a place where you can find out what your friends are up to – it’s also a great place to get the scoop on the latest auto innovations and news. And if you’re a Ford Focus Facebook fan, you’ll be the first to know about the all-new Ford Focus ST…. Continue Reading...

Next-Gen Ford Focus RS Confirmed

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Next-Gen Ford Focus RS Confirmed
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With 305 turbocharged horsepower the Focus RS might just have been the ultimate hot-hatch. Now, for the first time, Ford has confirmed it will have a successor, arriving in late 2013 or early 2014 with at least 350-hp while sticking to its front-wheel-drive strategy. Gunnar Hermann, Ford’s global chief of small cars, has gone on… Continue Reading...

Next Volkswagen GTI Details Emerged

Next Volkswagen GTI Details Emerged
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The Volkswagen Golf GTI is the original hot-hatchback. While many have followed this recipe of putting a tuned engine in a practical hatchback, thanks to its ever evolving state, the GTI is still on the scene and getting faster and faster. Now news from Europe suggests that the next generation GTI will just get a… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Golf R Set For U.S Debut Early In 2012

Volkswagen Golf R Set For U.S Debut Early In 2012
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The eagerly anticipated  high performance Volkswagen Golf R has been confirmed for sale in the U.S in early 2012. With the cancellation of the GTI Edition 35, and the outgoing R32 beast, VDub enthusiasts will be extremely pleased to know that a hot-hatch version of the Golf is coming. Volkswagen’s product and technology communications manager Mark Gillies… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen GTI Edition 35 Coming to America With 235-hp

Volkswagen GTI Edition 35 Coming to America With 235-hp
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Volkswagen‘s hot new ‘Edition 35‘ version of the GTI will make the jump across the Atlantic, pleasing performance junkies and Vee-Dub fans across the nation. Recently unveiled at the 2011 Worthersee Tour GTI meet, 35th anniversary edition of the original hot hatch may not arrive right away… and it might get a name change too…. Continue Reading...

Polo R “Likely” Admits Volkswagen Exec

Polo R “Likely” Admits Volkswagen Exec
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Previous reports of a high-performance R version of the Volkswagen Polo sub-compact have been downplayed in the past, but the German automaker rejuvenated enthusiasm in the idea when it revealed the new Polo R WRC race car last week. With R decals displayed prominently across the car, it’s a clear hint that the Polo R… Continue Reading...