View the highlights of CAR magazine's hot hatch brawl, the cover feature of our January 2013 Performance Issue. CAR track test ace Deon Joubert and renowned British motoring journalist Chris Harris help the CAR team sort the wild from the mild in a track and on-road shootout featuring most of South Africa's most potent compact performance cars.

The line-up comprises the new Opel Astra OPC and Ford Focus ST, BMW M135i, RenaultSport Megane and Clio Red Bull Editions, Toyota 86 and Subaru BR-Z coupes, a Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI Edition 35, Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, Audi A1 Sportback S-line and Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari.

There's also a retrospective on the BMW 325iS and Opel Kadett Superboss, a pair of homologation specials that that had an epic on-track rivalry in the Early Nineties… Have those cars stood the test of time?

The January issue is on sale now, and comes with a free pack of "Icons" trump cards.

Full video: Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 vs Class T Championship-winning Golf GTI

Full video: 1/4 mile drag race: VW Golf GTI Edition 35 vs Ford Focus ST vs Opel Astra OPC vs Renault Megane RS Red Bull vs BMW M135i

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