Abarth reveals the updated 595 Pista

After the flagship 595 esseesse unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Abarth launched the updated 595 Pista for the 2020 model year, which according to the company it is "dedicated to younger fans of the Scorpion".Under the bonnet we find the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine producing 165 hp and 230 Nm of torque., mated to a five-speed automatic gearbox with shift paddles. This may sound exactly the same as the previous 595 ...

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ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup with the electric Corsa-e

Opel announced a new premiere for the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show - an electric rally car based on the Corsa-e which will participate on the new ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup.The car is fitted with an electric motor producing 100 kw (136 hp) and 260 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels through a Torsen differential, while the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 50 kWh which will be more than enough ...

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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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Mercedes-AMG launches the A 45 4MATIC+

After a long teaser-campaign, Mercedes-AMG launched the A 45 4MATIC+ and the A 45 S 4MATIC+ (W177) which are fitted with the most powerful four cylinder engine in the world, reclaiming the title of the most powerful and the fastest accelerating hot hatch ever produced. The cars replace the outgoing Mercedes-AMG A45 W176 (facelift) and sit higher in the A-Class range than the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic W177.The M139 2.0 liter engine with a ...

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BMW M135i xDrive is the latest hot hatch from Munich

BMW launched the all-new third generation of the 1-Series together with its most powerfull variant - the M135i xDrive - which for the first time in the model's history is based on a new FWD architecture (supporting the xDrive AWD system) and is no longer available with a six cylinder engine.Design-wise, the 1 Series adopts BMW's latest design identity, distancing itself from its predecessors with more conventional proportions. Due to ...

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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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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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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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