Ford’s diminutive Fiesta ST has arrived with guns blazing to take on the competition in this year’s hot hatch shootout – will this pocket-rocket have what it takes to keep up with the stern competition?
Renault has fielded another F1-inspired hot hatch as part of its Killarney offensive this year; the Clio RS R27. Will this diminutive firecracker have what it takes to tear up the tarmac?
Don’t let the understated looks fool you – with 190 kW surging through its front wheels, the Mazda3 MPS is a serious contender in this year’s hot hatch shootout.
A Volvo venturing into a hot hatch shoot out? It is rather difficult to grasp, but when the Swedish marque’s contender sports sharp, retro-flavoured styling and a powerful turbocharged engine, things begin to make a bit more sense.
What hot hatch shoot out would be complete without the latest iteration of the Golf GTI? It’s been a presence in the segment for some time now – is it too long in the tooth to keep up with the competition?
The Ford Focus ST has been a long-time favourite with us here at CAR, thanks to its ability to strike a balance between exciting performance with a degree of usability that is hard to match.
“You can only buy this car if you know how to drive!” said the tame racing driver, who wore a subtle, yet sinister grin, after piloting the Opel Astra OPC around Killarney. The same warning was given to those who dared to wrestle the savage Opel Kadett 200ts back in the 90’s, but the OPC’s not nearly that wild.
The Mini Cooper S has always been a scintillating performer in terms of its go-kart like handling, zesty 1,6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and head-turning boppity-bop exhaust note, but it got a dose of testosterone just in time for our January performance issue – in the form of the Mini John Cooper Works.
The Subaru WRX, previously distinguishable from its mental STI brother by a marginally smaller rear wing, is now one of the most understated members of the hot hatch clan. But did the suit change dampen its personality?… We find out in CAR’s January 2009 issue Ultimate Hot Hatch Shootout!
After finishing second to Ford’s Fiesta ST in the December 2006 comparative test and dead last two years ago in our January 2007 shootout at Killarney, can Volkswagen’s junior hot hatch, the Polo GTI, redeem itself in the third round?