Hot Hatch

  • Hyundai Veloster N spied with DCT

    Spy video of the Hyundai Veloster N whipping around the Nurburgring-Nordscheife offers tantalizing hints that an automatic transmission is on its way.

  • 2019 Mazda 3
    Hotter Mazda 3 with turbo engine might take on VW GTI

    Mazda is reportedly keen to put a bit of zoom-zoom back into the Mazda 3. A hotter version of the latest 3 hatchback may arrive in the near future to do battle with the Volkswagen GTI. A hotter Mazda 3 hatchback may arrive before 2021, according to a Thursday report from Autocar. Kota Beppu...

  • Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept, 2014 Beijing Auto Show
    400-hp Volkswagen Golf R dead, boss says customers "don't want it"

    Just one month shy of the five-year anniversary of the reveal of the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept, the brand has announced there are no longer plans to build a production version of the extra fiery hot hatchback. VW's R division head, Jost Capito, delivered the Golf R 400's death sentence in a...

  • 2016 Ford Focus RS
    Next Ford Focus RS could be 400-hp hybrid

    The current Ford Focus RS is preparing to depart the production line on April 6, but Ford has plans for another RS-badged Focus, and it might even be a hybrid. That's the rumor from Dutch publication Auto International, which reported last week that the next-generation Focus RS will sport a 48-volt...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Volkswagen didn't originally want to build the GTI

    Could you imagine the world without the Volkswagen Golf GTI? While it's one of many options for those seeking practicality with a splash of fun, it truly was the nameplate that birthed an entire segment, which many of us like to call the "hot hatch." Volkswagen wasn't too hip on building the...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Report: Next-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI and R to be more powerful, lighter

    Thankfully, Volkswagen's wrongdoing and all associated bad behavior surrounding its diesel emissions scandal hasn't scaled back development for its hot hatchback offerings. According to a new report, VW's practical and fun hatches will go from hot to hotter. Autobild reports the next-generation...

  • Volkswagen Design Vision GTI racing concept

    There are many things to love about the Volkswagen Golf R32. It's an all-wheel drive hatchback with premium feel and a potent, mellifluous VR6 engine. But soon, the VR6 may get a hopped up, 496-horsepower, twin-turbo variant. Put that in your R32 and smoke it. Literally. The new VR6, according to Auto Week, would be an updated, fresh take on the narrow-angle V-6 it shares a name with, displacing just 3.0-liters--200 cc smaller than the 241-horsepower version of the VR6 used in the Golf R32, and 600 cc smaller than the 295-horsepower 3.6-liter unit found in the Passat R36, both of which were...

  • Chris Harris compares the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG against the BMW M135i
    Chris Harris Drives The Mercedes A45 AMG and BMW M135i: Video

    We've driven the CLA45 AMG, the only version of the A-Class platform we're scheduled to get in America. But in Europe, the hot compact car market is a bit more diverse. In fact, Mercedes and BMW both offer luxury hatches: the A-Class and 1 Series. The epitome of the A-Class is the A45 AMG, which...

  • Tanner Foust lapping the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST at the Nurburgring
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST Laps Nürburgring With Tanner Foust: Video

    Can the punchy little Ford hot hatch match the challenge of the Nordschleife?

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec)  -  First Drive, March 2013
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST: 35 MPG Highway

    The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST offers an impressive combination of performance and price, outdoing the Fiat 500 Abarth, Chevy Sonic RS, and Mini Cooper S on the numbers, and, based on our first driving impressions, possibly on the road as well. Ford this morning confirmed several choice statistics about...

  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)  -  Preview Drive, April 2013
    2015 Volkswagen GTI: Preview Drive

    We're hustling along in the all-new Mk7 Volkswagen GTI, on a tightly curved back road in mountainous Southern France. Just as traffic opens up and I can see a fair distance ahead, I raise our speed into the next bend. But it turns out to be a flat, decreasing-radius corner. I pull my line tighter...

  • Ford Focus RS on Jay Leno's Garage
    Ford Focus RS Touches Down In Jay Leno’s Garage: Video

    A few years ago, Ford’s Focus came in two different flavors: the lame duck version we received here in the U.S., and the more refined and much more powerful version (in certain trims) sold everywhere else. Thankfully, with the Blue Oval’s ‘One Ford’ policy firmly in place...

  • MINI's Performance Motoring School cars - image: MINI USA

    Buy a BMW, and you can sign up to attend the BMW Performance Driving School. Buy a Mercedes-Benz AMG, and you can register for the AMG Driving Academy. Choose a Porsche, and you can hit the Porsche Sport Driving School. These are hardly your only factory-backed options, as nearly every manufacturer building sports (or even sporty) cars these days has a tie-in to a driving school that’s ready, willing and able to show you the capabilities of your new ride. One notable exception, until now at least, has been MINI. That changes with the announcement of the MINI Performance Motoring School...

  • 2014 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)
    2015 Volkswagen Golf Coming To New York, But Why Does America Have To Wait A Year?

    The Mk VII Volkswagen Golf was launched to the world at the Paris Auto Show last September, and has been on sale in Europe since late 2012. The new GTI will join it in May. But we Americans won't get the newest version of the Golf until the first half of 2014 as a 2015 model. Why? Because the Golf...

  • John Hennessey's daily driver, a 300 hp Ford Focus HPE 300 - image: HPE
    Hennessey’s Hot Hatch: The Ford Focus ST HPE 300 - Video

    As head of Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE), tuning legend John Hennessey has some impressive cars to choose from as his daily driver. While the world-record-setting Venom GT may be a bit extreme for commuting, we can certainly see the attraction of a 1,000 horsepower Cadillac CTS-V as a...

  • 2014 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)
  • 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD
    2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Revealed Ahead Of 2013 Geneva Show

    Following the launch of the MkVII Golf in Paris last year, Volkswagen has revealed one of the car’s first variants, the sporty Golf GTD. The diesel-powered hot hatch is scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show on March 5, where it will likely join the highly anticipated MkVII...

  • 2014 Audi S1 spy shots
    Audi To Build S1, But No RS1: Report

    Audi’s A1 hatchback is a genuine hit for the brand in Europe, though those of us on this side of the Atlantic are deprived of its diminutive goodness. Shortly after the car’s 2010 launch, rumors of a faster S1 (or even RS1) version started flying, supported by the occasional spy shot...

  • 2014 Audi S3 Sportback

    Following the reveal of the 2014 Audi S3 Hatchback last September, the brand with the four rings has now taken the wraps off the car’s five-door ‘Sportback’ variant. Audi’s latest A3 Sportback, on which the new S3 Sportback is based, is not yet confirmed for sale in the U.S., although there are reports it will eventually make it over once the current model has run its course. The alternative would be Audi choosing to only offer its upcoming A3 Sedan in the U.S. We certainly hope the A3 Sportback arrives, as we’d love to see this S3 Sportback in local showrooms as...

  • 2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver's Edition Live Photos
    Volkswagen Debuts Limited Edition GTI Models In Chicago

    A new Volkswagen GTI is expected to debut in 2014, but that doesn’t mean that the German automaker has forgotten about the current Mark VI GTI. Announced today are two limited-edition four-door GTI models designed to appeal to buyers looking to add a bit of exclusivity to their driving...

  • Ford Focus TrackSTer live shots
    Ken Block-Influenced Ford Focus TrackSTer Set For Chicago Debut

    Tuner fifteen52 knows a thing or two about making cars go faster. While its early business centered on products from VW and Audi, more recent projects have included collaborations with Ford and shoe-mogul-turned-gymkhana-and-rally-star Ken Block. That makes fifteen52 an ideal choice for Project ST...

  • Ford Focus RS badge
    Ford (Reportedly) Confirms The Focus RS For 2015

    Getting a straight answer out of Ford on the next Focus RS is likely getting a concise and clearly-worded response from a politician: no matter how you phrase the question, the reply will be in the form of a non-answer. While that may frustrate potential customers and Focus RS fans, we understand...

  • 2014 Volkswagen GTI concept
    2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI To Be Built In Mexico

    Late last week it was announced that Volkswagen would build its next-generation Golf, the recently revealed MkVII, in Mexico for export to the U.S. and Canada as well as some South American countries. What wasn’t announced was whether high-performance variants like the MkVII GTI, previewed...

  • Audi A1 Quattro snow drifting video
    Audi Explains The Appeal Of Its A1 Quattro Hot Hatch: Video

    Audi’s A1 hatchback is still no closer to a U.S. launch, though that may change with the arrival of the second generation of the car. But at least we can still dream, and, thanks to Audi, we don’t even have to use our imaginations. The latest video from the brand with the four rings...

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