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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Ford Fiesta MK6 ST VS VW Polo IV GTI

In this rivalry, we compare two very popular B-Segment hot hatches from the 00's. On the left, the Ford Fiesta MK6 ST/XR4 that launched in 2004 with a naturally aspirated 2,0 liter engine, praised for its great handling capabilities. On the right, the VW Polo IV GTI debuted in 2006 with a turbocharged 1,8 liter engine and was also available in a more practical 5 door bodystyle. Both cars had a power output ...

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Fiat Bravo 20VT HGT VS VW Golf IV GTI

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the late 90's. On the left, the Fiat Bravo 20VT HGT 155 from Italy, a stylish, comfortable, fast and affordable hot hatch exclusively available in 3-door bodystyle. On the right, the VW Golf IV GTI 150 from Germany, a solid, mature, practical and well equipped hot hatch available in both 3-door and 5-door bodystyles. For the purpose of this comparison, we chose the 155 ...

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Seat Leon MK2 Cupra VS Opel Astra H OPC

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the mid-00's, with very similar specifications. In one corner, we have the second generation of the Seat Leon Cupra and in the other corner there is the mighty Opel Astra H OPC (also known as the Holden or Vauxhall Astra VXR). Both came fitted with turbocharged 2.0 liter engines and aggressive bodykits, however one of them had a more practical 5-door bodystyle ...

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VW Golf MK2 GTI VS Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo

In this rivalry, we compare two C-Segment hot hatches from the 80s - the VW Golf MK2 GTI and the Ford Escort MK4 RS Turbo. The first one was the segment leader - the mighty Golf GTI - while the second one was the most powerful version of its stronger competitor - the Ford Escort RS Turbo.So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications. Exterior ...

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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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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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