Subaru Impreza WRX STi VS Ford Focus RS MK2

In this rivalry, we compare two of the most powerful C-Segment hot hatches of the late 00s. On the left, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, an AWD hatchback with racing heritage and a boxer 2,5 litre engine producing 300 hp / 221 kw in base spec. On the right, the Ford Focus RS MK2, the most powerful FWD hatchback of its time with sporty credentials and a five cylinder 2,5 ...

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BMW M135i xDrive VS Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic

It is not often that two direct competitors on the same segment are launching so close to each other with almost identical specs however this is the case with the new offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The class between the two German automakers has been raging for decades however both companies are comparably new to the premium C-Segment hot hatch market.BMW was the only company with an RWD 6-cylinder hot ...

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A tribute to the Ford Focus RS

After months of rumours and speculations, Ford has officially confirmed that there won't be an RS version of the 4th generation Focus, leaving the current Focus ST as the performance flagship of their C-Segment hatchback range.Since there won't be a new one, we compiled a list with all-three generations of the Focus RS and the limited editions that we have listed on our database. Enjoy!Focus RS MK1 (2002-2003)Engine: Turbocharged four-cylinder 1988 ...

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Interview: James Wong

James Wong is a well-known figure among car guys and girls in Australia - before he became an automotive communications consultant at Pulse, he worked as an automotive journalist for caradvice.com.au. You have probably watched one of his video reviews or read some of his many articles, so we thought it would be interesting to have a chat with him about hot hatches since he recently became a proud owner ...

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Top 10: Featured Owners of 2019

With the new year just around the corner, we decided to create a top 10 feature with our favourite owners of 2019. 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. Scott Rolfs – Ford Focus ST MK3 (facelift)We start our list with Scott Rolfs from Milwaukee, Wisconsin ...

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VW Golf VII GTI TCR VS Ford Focus ST MK4

In this rivalry, we compare two of the class-leading C-Segment hot hatches - the VW Golf VII GTI (facelift) TCR and the Ford Focus ST MK4. Both models are the flagship versions in terms of FWD performance, sporty setup and styling.The racing-inspired VW Golf VII GTI TCR is based on the seventh generation of the Golf which launched back in 2012, even though the platform has received numerous updates since then. With the Golf VIII ...

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MG ZR 160 VS Peugeot 206 RC

In this rivalry, we compare two B-Segment hot hatches from the 00's. On the left, the MG ZR 160 from Great Britain, was the fastest version of the Rover 25. On the right, the Peugeot 206 RC from France, also known as the GTi 180 in the UK, was inspired by the success of the 206 WRC car. Both models featured stiffer suspension, 17" wheels, larger brakes and uprated engines compared ...

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Audi S3 MK2 VS BMW 130i M-Package

In this rivalry, we compare two premium C-Segment hot hatches from the 00's. On the left, the second generation of the Audi S3 and on the right, the first generation BMW 130i equipped with the M-Package. Both models were premium, came from German automakers and produced 265 hp / 195 kw of power, however the similarities end there as the Audi had a four cylinder turbocharged engine and the BMW had a six cylinder ...

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Opel Kadett GSi 16v VS Peugeot 309 GTI 16

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from late '80s - the Opel Kadett GSi 16v and the Peugeot 309 GTI 16. Today those carmakers are under the same umbrella (PSA Group) but back then they were direct rivals. Both of the hot hatches from Opel and Peugeot were fitted with naturally aspirated engines and featured a more aggressive bodykit and larger rims.So lets start with a design battle ...

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Abarth Grande Punto Esseesse VS Seat Ibiza MK4 Cupra

Another Euro B-Segment hot hatch rivalry for this week, this time between the Abarth Grande Punto Esseesse from Italy and the Seat Ibiza MK4 Cupra from Spain (based on Volkswagen Group's platform). Both models aimed at the passionate petrolheads of the younger generation and were fitted with turbocharged 1,4 liter engines producing an identical 180 hp / 132 kw. They also had equally aggressive bodykits with different bumpers, larger rims and sporty touches in ...

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