TWO fast Fords. Both £40k. Both very orange. But the question is: Which one is better? American muscle or European hot hatch? Let’s find out. On the left, we have the Mustang GT packing a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8. Crude and cool, rear-drive, 450hp, loud, drag-strip mode, line lock for big, smokey burnouts. (Quick fact: Mustang outsold the Porsche 911 last year.) On the right, we have the Focus RS powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost. Clever tech, all-wheel-drive, 375hp, legendary pops and bangs, drift mode for donuts. Clearly, none of this mischief can ever happen on a public road or you’ll end up playing mummies and daddies with Big Vin at HMP Lincoln. So we headed to Santa Pod, Britain’s drag-racing Mecca in Northants, for a quarter-mile face-off. Actually, we gatecrashed official practice for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, had a quick duel then drove home again. Key factsFord Mustang GT Price: £43,165 Engine: 5-litre V8 0-62mph: … [Read more...] about Mustang and RS go head to head in fast Ford drag race – but which is best?
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0 Comments Revealed: The fastest ever Volkswagen Golf GTI BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Volkswagen has revealed the fastest-ever Golf GTI – a 164mph race-derived model. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/revealed-the-fastest-ever-volkswagen-golf-gti-36942138.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36942126.ece/31dd4/AUTOCROP/h342/The%20new%20Volkswagen%20Golf%20GTI%20TCR%20Concept%202.jpg Email Volkswagen has revealed the fastest-ever Golf GTI – a 164mph race-derived model. The Golf GTI TCR is the most powerful Golf ever, thanks to highly-effective fine tuning of its engines and the addition of powerful race packs. The world premiere of the TRC was unveiled at the company’s legendary annual GTI meeting in Worthersee, Austria. Although technically still a concept, the TCR will go into production late this year ahead of sales in early 2019. No official pricing has been given, but it is expected to retail from around the £33k mark. The … [Read more...] about Revealed: The fastest ever Volkswagen Golf GTI
Motoring by Press Association 22/05/2018, 5:48 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Think hot hatch and you’re almost certainly going to think of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It may not have been the first of its kind, but it was the one that brought performance and practicality to the mainstream when it was introduced back in 1976. Since then, it’s crafted a legacy of some incredible — and a few not-so great — pieces of machinery. We rank them from worst to best. MkIV (1997-2004) Volkswagen’s reluctance to make the Mk4 a truly ‘hot’ hatchback led to a car that was bloated, lifeless, and downright dull. MkIII (1992-1997) Although it gained more power thanks to a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, it took on a lot more weight and, as a result, was actually slower than its predecessor. To many at the time, it seemed like a disappointment and one not worthy of carrying the … [Read more...] about Every Golf GTI ranked: from worst to best
Motoring by Press Association 20/04/2018, 2:07 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? There are few names more synonymous with hot hatchbacks than Volkswagen GTI. This is the new, smallest member of the family – the Up! GTI. Though it’s really a successor to the brilliant Lupo GTI of the 2000s, Volkswagen is actually pitching it as the spiritual successor to the original, 1976 Golf GTI. The comparison isn’t as ridiculous as you might think either – with similar weight, dimensions and power figures, this pocket rocket aims for maximum fun rather than maximum speed – much the same as the iconic original. What’s new? Though it’s wrapped up in a standard Up! body, the GTI model gains some serious upgrades over the standard car. First off, there’s the engine – a 1.0-litre TSI, as featured in top-spec Up!s – but here tuned to produce 113bhp and 200Nm of … [Read more...] about First drive: The Volkswagen Up! is the junior GTI we’ve been craving
Motoring by Press Association 04/04/2018, 4:45 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Nothing else on the road offers as much practicality and performance as a hot hatch. These days, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world where we don’t have sporty hatchbacks, such is their beloved, revered status among car enthusiasts. Inevitably, dozens of discussions happen in offices, race circuits and pubs across the world, all of which centre around the hot hatches that stand out from the rest. Here’s our list of hot hatches that define the breed; yes, we’ve tried to rank the best hot hatches of all-time, and considering there’s so much to choose from, it wasn’t easy. But we had a go… Honda Civic Type-R (EP3) In 2001, the second generation Honda Civic Type-R was released – the first to be built at Honda’s Swindon plant. The 197bhp Type-R was one of the few great hot hatches … [Read more...] about Ten of the best hot hatches of all time