Articles about Hot Hatch

“This new platform, the motor, and the tires can all take more”
It’s a monster
A few thoughts after first laying eyes on the recently-revealed GR Yaris: Thank God to Toyota, and thank God to Gazoo Racing for turning an otherwise vanilla hatchback offering into a certified beast.It's a monster-there's no other
Unveiled at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon
Man, it seems like just yesterday when we were all drooling over the possibility of having the Honda Civic Type R in our market. Now? We're already talking about the upcoming refresh.Yes, the updated version of the Japanese car manufacturer'
A modern pocket rocket inspired by the 80s icon
Next on our list of past icons to bring back is the Toyota Starlet, particularly the 60-series. This iteration has become a legend among car enthusiasts thanks to its low weight and rear-drive architecture. We chose the modified rally versions
Try not to mind the stiffness
The Audi RS3 used to be a missed opportunity. A classy, good-looking hatchback that'd had a rally car-aping five-cylinder engine shoehorned ahead of the driver, but without much sense of humor sprinkled in. It was almightily quick, but
The car is about 90% finished at this point
Yep, a Yaris. Not so much the last car to drive before you die as the last car you'll drive, before you die. But, this is a Yaris by Gazoo Racing, the motorsport skunkworks embedded in the Toyota mothership. In recent
We're starting to like that camo design
Toyota has some hot-hatch momentum at last. We liked the Yaris GRMN, complete with manic little supercharged engine and dubious stickers, but this is a much more serious bit of kit. This is the Toyota GR Yaris. And yes, it's
As in smaller than the current three-door—and fully-electric
The next big thing for Mini will be a little thing-a car that's smaller than the current three-door hatch. And it'll be fully-electric.Good. Every one of BMW's three generations of the Mini hatch has been
“I would love to see the JCW brand being electrified,” says company boss
As emissions regulations get tighter, performance cars-especially relatively affordable ones-are getting more and more difficult for manufacturers to justify. Which is why Peugeot isn't going to do a new 208 GTI (not with an internal combustion engine, at least),
“An extreme car that doesn’t make any compromises”
Good news: the new Mini GP looks exactly as mad as we thought and indeed hoped it might.It's those wheel arches, really. Made from thermoplastic and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic recycled from the production of the BMW i3 and i8 (
Designed by the man who penned the Lamborghini Miura
Ford has a rich lineage of underdogs. Time for a family reunion
The water temperature's what I'm most concerned about.Turns out that's wrong. What I ought to be worrying about is fuel expansion and vaporization. But there's not a needle for that, so I watch the rising water gauge
Named after the Korean carmaker’s Area C track
Hyundai has been upping its game when it comes to sporty offerings. Last year, it launched a new Veloster, complete with an N performance version "thoroughly honed" at the Nürburgring and powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. This time
And what’s in store for the M1
So, where's the new BMW M1, the full-fat 400hp+ version of the new 1-Series? The car that'll go up against the new Mercedes-AMG A45? Answer: it's not here. And it's not coming. But don't
Also out: the new CLA 45 AMG
The age of the 400hp+ hot hatch is well and truly upon us. Welcome to the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S. All 415hp of it. And if you'd prefer a sleeker look, the CLA 45 AMG has returned, too. Pick your
Development car is already quicker around the Nordschleife than its predecessor
Mini has told us its new GP hot hatch-due out in 2020-will be front-wheel drive and offered with a paddle-shift gearbox only. And yes, it'll keep the wild bodywork...The most potent Mini being front-driven ought
The 2.0-liter turbocharged unit will generate up to 415hp and 500Nm
Big news in the hot-hatch power wars. Mercedes-AMG, not against expectation, has upped the ante considerably for its new A45. While it uses a 2.0-liter turbo-four, like the A45 it replaces, the engine is "fundamentally new." And
Care of Gazoo Racing
The Toyota Corolla is back, and with it, much promise of sharper dynamics than ever before. Thus far, we've been a bit unmoved by it, essentially because its enthusiasm-sapping hybrids remove any great desire you might have to discover the
Watch out, Type R
Minis are supposed to be, well, mini, aren't they? They're not supposed to have Honda Civic Type R levels of power, or roof spoilers that double up as emergency hurricane shelters. The 2020 Mini John Cooper Works GP promises both
We drive the entry-level ‘real AMG’
The Mercedes-AMG A45 sold about twice the number its maker expected, but on the other hand, it sits on a high and inaccessible shelf. This A35, on the other hand, is AMG's diffusion line, the entry-level 'real AMG' that
What are we missing out on?
The 2019 Honda Civic Type R-one of the world's hottest hatchbacks-is now available...in the US market.Yep, US-spec Type Rs are getting an upgrade. But don't feel too down in the dumps, because the changes are
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