Toyota Starlet GT Turbo VS Renault Clio 16S

In this rivalry, we compare two B-Segment hot hatches from the 90s with similar specifications but very different characters - the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo (P80) and the Renault Clio I 16S. The Japanese pocket rocket had a turbocharged 1.3 liter engine in contrast with the French contestant with a naturally aspirated 1.8 liter unit, however their power and torque figures were almost identical. Both cars were designed for performance, offering ...

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Top 10: Featured Owners of 2018

With the new year just around the corner, we decided to create a top 10 feature with our favorite owners of 2018. It was very difficult to select only 10 cars, but we based our list on personal preference, photo quality, rating, modifications and rarity,  in combination with the cool factor of the cars.10. Rhys Phillipson and Maddy Ainsley – Suzuki Swift SportWe start our list with two identical Suzuki Swift Sport from ...

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Renault 19 16S VS Citroen ZX 1.9i Volcane

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from France, coming from the early 90s - the  Renault 19 16S and the Citroen ZX 1.9i Volcane. Those yougtimers were known for their great handling and performance, featuring naturally aspirated engines, uprated brakes and sporty suspension settings. Visually, both of the cars had deeper, body-coloured bumpers with red accents, larger rims and small interior touches to distinguish them from the ...

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Missed Opportunities: Toyota Corolla E110

We love hot hatches because they combine driving pleasure with every day practicality in an affordable package. Despite the popularity of the hot hatch market, not all companies share our excitement. In the "Missed Opportunities" articles, we are going to talk about hatchbacks that never got the "h0t" version they certainly deserved. What did we get? The 8th generation of the Toyota Corolla launched in 1995 (Japan) with other markets following in 1997 and 1998.The ...

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Suzuki Swift Sport VS Abarth 595

The A-Segment may be populous but only a handful of city cars have a hot hatch version nowadays. Among the A-Segment hot hatches currently available are the Suzuki Swift Sport, the Abarth 595 (facelift) and the VW Up! GTi. We decided to compare the first two, as they are closer spec-wise.The Suzuki Swift Sport, launched in 2017 based on a new platform with a brand new 1.4 liter K14C Boosterjet engine, reclaiming the title of the ...

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Top 10: Hot Hatch Concepts

Over the years, car brands have shared their vision for hot hatches through concept cars, taking advantage of the lack of limitations they provide. In this top 10 list we have included our favorite hot hatch concepts that we would love to see in production form, although we know that in most of the cases they were created only as design and engineering studies.10. Nissan Pulsar Nismo Concept (2015)Nissan launched ...

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VW Golf IV R32 VS Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

The Volkswagen Golf IV R32 (2002) and the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA (2003) were the only V6 powered hot hatches in the 00's and two of the most powerful hatchbacks at the time of their launch. Both cars had a displacement of 3.2 liters and similar horsepower figures, however the Volkswagen transferred the power to all four wheels while the Alfa Romeo was front wheel drive.So let us move on ...

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Generations: Opel Corsa GSi

The Opel Corsa E GSi just went on sale in the European market, as an affordable and sporty B-Segment hot hatch. Based on the chassis of the Corsa E OPC and with the same bodykit, but with a less powerful 1.4 liter engine, the Corsa E GSi revives a nameplate that distinguished the most powerful versions of Opel's cars before OPC (Opel Performance Division) was founded in 1997.The first cars that got ...

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Interview: Michael Georgiadis

Michael Georgiadis is a Greek automotive editor with a long spanning career in the automotive press and a driving enthusiast / amateur kart racing driver. Since 2001 he has reviewed thousands of cars but he admittedly shows his preference towards vehicles designed to be driven on a twisty countryside road or on the racetrack. Today he is the man behind the wheel of Drive.gr, which is among the most popular automotive press ...

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Top 10: Hot Hatches with V6 engines

The most common engine type used in hot hatchbacks is the inline-four,  however there has been some exception to the rule. In this feature we are going to pay tribute to 10 hot hatches that went into production with a V6 engine, hoping that we will get to see more of them in the future.As you will notice, 6 out of the 10 spots of the list are taken by ...

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