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Ford boosts Fiesta ST pocket rocket to 197 hp

The Fiesta ST was already one of the more lively pocket rockets on the road, but that hasn't stopped Ford from giving it a tune-up to keep it at the top of its game. The new ST200 has been given more power, a sharper handling setup and bigger brakes for an even more playful, involving drive. Read More

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Under the skin of the new Ford Focus RS

With the huge range of hot-hatches on the market, you could be forgiven for not taking much notice of Ford's upcoming Focus RS. After all, on the surface it looks like just another four-cylinder, four-wheel drive turbo tearaway lining up to tackle the Audi RS3 or A45 AMG. But taking a closer look reveals that the RS has the potential to be something seriously special, thanks to the tech crammed into the car's hot-rod bodywork.Read More

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Honda takes all the wraps off 306 hp Civic Type-R

Honda has finally fully unveiled its latest entry into the competitive world of hot-hatches, with the launch of the Civic Type-R. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC motor, the new hot-Civic has already claimed the title of fastest front drive production car around the Nurburgring Nordschelife from Renault, and Honda is also claiming that the car is the quickest front-drive hot-hatch in the sprint to 100 km/h.Read More

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Opel eyes hot hatch brigade with Corsa OPC

Anyone who is in the market for a hot-hatch is spoiled for choice at the moment. The Ford Fiesta ST provides for people who chase old-school driving thrills with its manual gearbox and lively handling, while Renault’s latest Clio RS and its dual-clutch gearbox appeals to a new generation of drivers. Opel has decided to join the battleground with its Corsa OPC, a turbocharged hot-hatch set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Read More

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SUB8 Performance Pack adds Nürburgring upgrades to Leon Cupra 280

The battle for hot hatch supremacy has never been, well, hotter. After Seat's Leon Cupra 280 took the two-wheel drive Nürburgring record from Renault, the French manufacturer responded by sending its lightweight Megane R.S 275 Trophy-R to reclaim the record. Even though its record didn't stand for long, Seat is still celebrating its Nürburgring achievements with the SUB8 Performance Pack for the Leon Cupra, which brings standard 280s into line with the lap-record breaking car. Read More

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