AutoGuide Now For The Week Of August 11

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of August 11

With eight sporty cars in the garage, we are understandably excited about this week. Did we also mention that we’re spending it at our home test track?

Keep an eye on the Twitter account to see what cars we’re testing as well as photos from the test track. Here’s what we’ll be playing with evaluating this week.

FiestaSTExterior4 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

The spiced up version of Ford Fiesta is here, using a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine to make around 200 hp. Available in front-wheel drive and only with a manual transmission, is the Fiesta ST out-gunned by the other vehicles in this big comparison?

2013-Ford-Focus-ST-front-angle 2014 Ford Focus ST

One of the more powerful cars in the group, the Ford Focus ST uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to send 252 hp to the front-wheels. Thanks to some braking-trickery, the Focus ST can rotate like a rear-wheel drive car, but we’ll see if that helps or hurts it’s performance on the track.

2014-honda-civic-si-coupe 2014 Honda Civic Coupe Si

The Civic Si Coupe received subtle, but effective changes this year. With 205 hp on tap, the Si may not sound intimidating, but its excellent transmission and resourceful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is up to the task.

mazda-mx-5-miata 2014 Mazda MX-5

Is the answer always Miata? The only convertible in this group, the MX-5 is sure to be a joy on the track, but with just 167 hp coming from that 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the MX-5 is the least powerful car in this group, but that doesn’t mean it’s the least fun!

2014-Juke-NISMO-RS-Main 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS

Someone brought a crossover to a hothatch fight. Using a turbocharged 215-hp, 1.6-liter engine the NISMO tuned version of the Juke isn’t a joke. The bigger vehicle may not be the most handy around the track, but it may just eek out a win in all the liveability tests.

2015-Scion-FR-S-Main_rdax_646x396 2015 Scion FR-S

The former AutoGuide Car of the Year, the Scion FR-S is back, but is facing off against a new group of rivals. With a low center of gravity thanks to its 200-hp, 2.0-liter boxer engine, the FR-S should be able to handle itself well on our small track, but what about straight-line speed?

2015-Subaru-WRX-blue-tree_rdax_646x396 2015 Subaru WRX

The only car in our test with all-wheel drive, the WRX is a rally-bred monster. With a turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 268 hp, it’ll be interesting to see if Subaru’s rallying heritage will be able to help it win on the track.

2015-VW-GTI-main_rdax_646x396 2015 Volkswagen GTI

Often recognized as the original hot-hatch, the new GTI is considered to be sharper, faster and more fun to drive. With a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 210 hp the GTI is in it to win it.