Auction: Renault 5 Turbo (1980)

A rare Renault 5 Turbo Series 1 is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby's Villa Erba auction (Lake Como, Italy) on the 25th of May, with an estimated value somewhere between €100,000-130,000 (AU$ 160,490-208,637).The car was built in 1980 and is considered to be one of the best examples of the Series 1 models in existence, of which fewer than 600 were produced according to RM Sotheby's. As you can see from ...

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Suzuki Swift Sport Katana limited edition for Netherlands

Suzuki unveiled the Swift Sport Katana, a special edition of the japanese hot hatch limited to 30 units exclusively available in Netherlands.The car features a unique livery inspired by the Suzuki Katana motorcycle which was launched in 1981 and returned with an all new generation in 2019. Two paint options are available, including the Premium Silver Metallic (15 units) or the Super Black Pearl (15 units) combined with red finish on ...

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Hondura is a unique Civic with a mid mounted V6 engine!

Hot hatch fans all around the world are familiar with the Honda Civic Type R but only a few people know that there is another hot hatch based on the Japanese compact hatch - the Hondura.This custom built vehicle is a mid-engined and rear wheel drive conversion of the third generation Civic, with an Acura sourced V6 and a wide bodykit inspired by the Renault 5 Turbo homologation special. The ...

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Ford launches the new Focus ST

Ford Performance anounced the all-new fourth generation Focus ST, which comes with both petrol and diesel flavours, in hatchback or station wagon bodystyles, with more power and more technology boasting improved performance figures compared to its predecessor.The all-aluminium four-cylinder 2,3 liter EcoBoost engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, anti-lag technology and an electronically actuated waste-gate, producses 206kW / 280 PS at 5.500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3.000-4.000 rpm, sending the ...

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BMW M140i Finale Edition

BMW Australia unveiled the swan's song of the mighty M140i, dubbed as the "Finale", with additional equipment and some visual tweaks. The M140i Finale Edition comes fitted with the 18 inch M light alloy wheels finished in Orbit Grey or Jet Black, adaptive LED headlights, tinted tailights, gloss black front grille,  special badging and dual tailpipes finished in black chrome.Inside, the car is equipped with the 8.8" infotainment system (BMW ConnectedDrive), wireless smartphone charging, harman/kardon premium sound ...

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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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Review: Renault Megane IV 280 EDC

Introduction  The Renault Megane IV R.S. 280 launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, is the latest C-Segment hot hatch by Renault Sport, based on a more practical five door bodystyle.Under the bonnet, there is a new 1.8 litre TCE engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 205 kw (280 hp) of power and 390 Nm of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual clutch EDC gearbox. Thanks to all ...

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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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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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