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 |  Jun 23 2014, 2:45 PM

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Ford will reveal an updated version of its Focus ST hot hatch on Friday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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 |  May 08 2014, 11:45 AM

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Hold your breath, cross those fingers and hop on one foot because it sounds like Ford is serious about releasing a new Focus RS.

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 7:31 AM

As MINI prepares to debut its John Cooper Works (JCW) GP model at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the British automaker has all but confirmed that the high-performance model will come in hatchback form only.

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 |  Nov 13 2012, 6:15 PM

Two exciting MINI models will be making their U.S. debut at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show later this month. 

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 |  Oct 24 2012, 5:31 PM

Audi might be releasing the hardcore performance version of its upcoming A3 sooner than expected.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 6:53 AM

With stylish, understated execution, the 2013 Audi S3 sport hatch s yet another car from Audi sitting on the floor during the 2012 Paris Motor Show that you can’t have.

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 |  Sep 27 2012, 5:26 AM

As a part of the ever evolving language of the Internet, if you’re writing in all caps, you’re screaming. That’s what MINI appears to be doing with its new JCW GP model; and rightly so.

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 |  Aug 22 2012, 2:03 PM

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.

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 |  Oct 05 2011, 11:15 AM

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It’s almost here… the most powerful Golf to ever be sold on U.S. soil, and Volkswagen has just released official pricing with the 2-door model starting at $33,990. An over $10,000 premium from the GTI, the Golf R adds custom bodywork, a retuned suspension system, 18-inch wheels and upgraded brakes, plus tighter steering. But that’s only the start, with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine’s output being increased to 256-hp and 243 lb-ft of torque – up from 200-hp and 207 lb-ft in the GTI. Available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, fuel economy is rated at 19/27 mpg. And let’s not forged that like the old R32 models the Golf R gets VW’s 4MOTION AWD system, which can deliver up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels.

Standard equipment on the two-door Golf R includes bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated leather seats, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, Bluetoooth, an eight-speaker audio system with aux. and iPod hookups, not to mention power windows with auto up/down.

On sale in early 2012, VW will offer a Sunroof and Navigation package (that also includes keyless entry and a push-button ignition) bringing the total to $35,490, while 4-door models will retail for $36,090. The Golf R will be available in five color options: Rising Blue, Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray, Black, and Tornado Red.

GALLERY: 2012 Golf R

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Read AutoGuide’s 2010 Volkswagen GTI Review here

 |  Sep 19 2011, 3:00 PM

Yes it’s true. After initially stating that a sportier version of the new Civic didn’t fit in with Honda‘s vanilla marketing strategy, inside sources reveal that in fact, such a car is under development.

Following criticism that Honda has abandoned its enthusiast followers in favor of pure mass-market appeal; company president Takanobu Ito’s plan to help the brand regain some of the sporting credentials it has lost this past decade, is a glimmer of hope to those who fondly recall the days of NSXs and anything Type R.

Exactly what features this new ‘hot’ Civic will incorporate remains to be seen, though expect suspension and styling tweaks, standard six-speed manual gearbox and a uniquely tuned four-cylinder engine  As to when it will be launched, possibly a couple of years from now, though given that the previous Civic Type R didn’t make it North American shores, expect this one to follow the same course, being based on the sportier Euro market model and primarily tailored for an audience across the pond. Pity.

[Source: Autocar]

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Si review

 |  Jul 25 2011, 8:20 PM


For any car guy worth his mettle, the one Fiat to look forward to hasn’t been the cabriolet, the electric one, or even the Gucci edition—it’s been the fire-breathing Abarth, the one we thought would only be sequestered in the Italian boot.

But we Yanks are indeed getting the Abarth, and we’ll get a glimpse of our version at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

The American Abarth will get a 1.4-liter Multiair engine that will give it more power than its MINI Cooper rival—175 horsepower, to be exact. Fiat made the official announcement via its Twitter account, and just like on the elementary school playground, there’s no takesies-backsies after this.

 |  Nov 02 2010, 8:29 PM

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As if we needed another reason to be jealous of Ken Block. The millionaire entrepreneur and rally driver has a full sponsorship package with both Ford and Monster Energy Drinks just got a brand spanking new Ford Focus RS thanks to The Blue Oval’s generosity.

Wearing Michigan manufacturer plates, the Focus RS is painted in the car’s signature green color, with black Volks Racing wheels added in to make the car look a bit different from the other Focus RS that resides in the U.S.A, also painted the same shade of green. The car is fairly stock for now, with a KW Variant suspension being the other major modification, but a host of power upgrades and a skull and crossbones motif on the headrests of the Recaro seats are expected to appear on the RS post-SEMA.

Gallery: Ford Focus RS

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