Hyundai Veloster N now available with the 8-speed N DCT gearbox

Hyundai unveiled the enhanced version of the Veloster N hot hatch which is now available with the all-new 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT)!According to Hyundai, the N DCT was developed "to provide the engaging experience of a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic transmission". The new gearbox is equipped with electronic actuators that operate the double-clutch, "providing ride comfort, fuel efficiency and most importantly, driving fun". Unlike a dry ...

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Toyota announces the specifications of the GR Yaris

Just a few weeks before its official debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon this January, Toyota announced the specifications of the GR Yaris (previously codenamed Yaris GR-4).First of all, the model is based on a new platform which combines elements from the GA-B (Yaris) and the GA-C (Corolla) and was developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing with extensive testing in Japan, Finland and at the Nurburgring. Suspension consists of MacPherson struts at the ...

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WRC drivers get behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris GR-4

After revealing the exhaust sound of the upcoming Yaris GR-4, Toyota returns with another teaser-video of their camouflaged hot hatch being driven by Ott Tanak, Kris Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala and WRC team principal Tommi Makinen. All of the drivers seem to be very pleased with the driving dynamics of the car, with rally-legend Tommi Makinen describing it as "exciting".As we can see from the short video, the car will definitely be AWD. Unlike the ...

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Hear the exhaust of the Toyota Yaris GR-4 in the latest teaser

A month ago, Toyota Europe announced that new Yaris GR-4 would be unveiled on the 17th of November at Wedding Bells, however, because of the cancellation of this year's Rally Australia, the launch of the Japanese hot hatch has been delayed. Today, Toyota strikes back with a new teaser-video which gives us a little more detail on the hot Yaris.In the short video, we hear Master Driver Morizo from Toyota Gazoo ...

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Hyundai RM19 mid engined hot hatch one step closer to production

At the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show, Hyundai launched the RM19 (Racing Midship 2019) - the last evolution of the mid-engined hot hatch project which will result in a production model during the next 2-3 years. According to Hyundai, the RM19 offers racecar-like levels of performance, balance, braking and grip while retaining daily road-going capability.From the outside, the RM19 looks very similar to the Veloster N TCR racecar, with the ...

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Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R sets new record at The Bend Motorsport Park

After setting lap records for the fastest front-wheel-drive production car at both the Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps in Europe, the Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R arrived to South Australia to set a new record at The Bend Motorsport Park.The Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R lapped the 4.95 km circuit in 2.14:316 as demonstrated in the video above, with James Moffat behind the wheel. The driver who is currently racing at TCR Australia with the Garry Rogers Motorsport TCR team, said: “To be able to ...

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Ford Focus RS with 510 kW made possible by Mountune

British tuner Mountune announced that the managed to increase the power of Ford's  2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to an astonishing 510 kW / 684 hp / 692 PS!Under the bonnet of the Ford Focus RS MK3, the four-cylinder 2.3-liter engine produced 257kw / 345 hp / 350 PS and  470Nm of torque in stock form, which at the time made it the most powerful hot hatch on sale. Today, this title belongs to the Mercedes-AMG A 45 ...

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Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R sets new record at Spa-Francorchamps

On 24 July 2019, the Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R broke the front wheel drive production car record at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium with a time of 2'48"338. This makes it almost  5" faster than the previous record (2'53"72) set by Honda Civic Type R (FK8) last year.Laurent Hurgon was the driver for this attempt, after his record at the Nürburgring on the 21st of May 2019. Following his new record at Spa-Francorchamps he stated: I am, ...

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Renault Megane IV RS Trophy-R sets new Nürburgring record

Renault announced that the brand new Megane IV RS Trophy-R broke the front wheel drive production car record at the Nürburgring, scoring a lap time of 7'40"10 and taking the crown from the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) which held the record previously with 7'43"8.The Megane IV RS Trophy-R is fitted with the 1.8 TCe engine producing 300hp / 220kW and 400Nm mated to a six speed manual transmission - just like in the Renault Megane IV RS Trophy. However the ...

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Mercedes-AMG A45 teases its drifting mode

For those who are tired of the traditional "Christmas" videos, Mercedes-AMG prepared something more interesting - a teaser with the upcoming A45 (W177) testing its drifting skills around a wet track.The top of the range C-Segment hot hatch is expected to produce more than 294 kw / 400 hp from its twin-turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, mated to an 8-speed dual clutch gearbox. The updated 4MATIC system will transfer the power ...

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