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Imagine the power-to-weight ratio
Remember that scene in The Italian Job, when three Mini Coopers had to jump the Fiat factory's roof to escape the pursuing policemen? Had they been three of these Mini Coopers, we suspect they would have made it a little further
Kawaii desu!
You all know the Nissan Pulsar GTI-R, aka the Japanese Integrale. And you might be familiar with the Euro-spec Almera GTI this car almost resembles. But we promise you, it's nothing like either. This is basically an 'engine car':
It’s also a bit of a contradiction
This is nothing less than the most powerful, fastest Mini ever made. Welcome to the new John Cooper Works GP, which answers the question, "What would putting more than 302hp and 450Nm in a Mini Cooper be like?"This is also the
Body from a road-going rally car. Engine from...your grandma’s Yaris. Wait, what?
Well, you didn't expect Toyota and Gazoo Racing to go to the big trouble and huge expensive of engineering a brand-new, three-door, wideboi body shell for the GR Yaris, and then only use it for one model, did you?
Hint: Its flag has a leaf on it
The Honda Civic Type R is one hell of a car. With a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo enginegood for 306hp and 400Nm of torque, a six-speed manual transmission, and looks that are aggressive enough to intimidate just about any other
You can see the progression
If you like your hot hatches a bit spicy, they don't come more piquant than the Mini John Cooper Works GP, now in its third generation of lunacy. We'll be getting our hands on the new one as soon as
323kph, to be exact
The Mercedes-AMG A45 S is the most powerful hot hatch in series production. It has 415hp and does 0-100kph in 3.9sec. Absurd-some might say pointless-pace for a five-door, five-seat car, but not absurd or pointless
“We are not planning another RS version of the Focus”
Sad news, friends: Ford has told Top Gear that it has no plans to build another Focus RS.In a statement, the company said: "As a result of pan-European emissions standards, increased CO2 taxation, and the high cost of developing an
We hope the manual remains
There's an updated Hyundai i30N due later this year. And there's exceedingly strong evidence it's going to come with the option of a paddle-shift gearbox."It's coming," reads the caption of Hyundai N's Instagram post over
We can't see the color clearly, but we like it
This is a fast Audi, and it is called the RS3 Nardo edition. Judging by how popular these things are, merely whispering 'Fast Audi' will do the trick.So, Audi. Is fast. This special Nardo edition is even faster than the normally-
It’s going up for auction
As sunshine follows rain, and 15 minutes of Instagram follows five minutes of hard work, if you give humans a road car, someone will eventually strip it down in order to race it around a track. And what you see above is
It puts out nearly 500 horses
Did you ever think Mercedes-AMG was being a bit cautious when it only managed to get 415hp from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four pot? Us, neither. The folks over at RaceChip clearly do though, because they've just announced an
To survive stringent emissions regulations in Europe
The Suzuki Swift Sport may have been the very last hot hatchback to go turbo, but it's one of the very first to have gone electrified. Yep, in the three great chapters of hot-hatch propulsion, the Triple S has spent
The shift to electric is a success
Which is entirely the point. The toughest thing to get used to is the weird futuristic 'bing-bong' noise when you start it up. Once you've finished grimacing at that you can get on with appreciating how like a Mini the
Which would you pick?
Before the underrated S1, Audi turned its little hatch into a rally tribute act with aero-turbine wheels, white paintwork with red detailing and-crucially-quattro four-wheel drive. This required new rear suspension and even a special fuel tank.It also
The tech-packed Mk8 model has been revealed alongside the GTD and GTE variants
Typical-you wait years for a new, fast Golf, then three come along all at once. Spoiler alert: none is revolutionary or the teensiest bit surprising, but we're glad they're back all the same. And you should be, too.Volkswagen
The new hot hatch will debut in March
Welcome to the new Golf GTI. Fine-welcome to a drawing of the new Golf GTI. And it'll have to do, because this is all we're getting until it's revealed proper at next month's Geneva International Motor Show,
Different looks, same performance
There are not one but two new Honda Civic Type R variants, people. Meet the Civic Type R Sport Line and the Civic Type R Limited Edition-or as they'll forever be known, the subtle one and the stripped-out one.
It borrows elements from some of the best in the industry
This is the first proper Hyundai performance car. There have been efforts before-mildly hot hatches and big-bumpered F2 editions of the pretty '90s Hyundai Coupe-but nothing with circa 300hp and a development program overseen by a former BMW M
“This new platform, the motor, and the tires can all take more”
If you don't already want a Honda e, you soon will. The cheeky-looking, tech-heavy electric supermini is probably the coolest car of 2020, but its cuddly styling might not last forever.We cornered Takahiro Shinya-the assistant large project
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