Category Archives: Hot Hatch

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The Peugeot 308 GTi – Last But By No Means Least

When I say ‘last’ I mean my last press car of 2015 and it is great to end the year on a high note. Just lately I have been moaning about the lack of a fun factor in the motors I’ve been driving. They’re all very worthy and packed with connectivity and designed to run on green veg and seeds and the like, but where’s the driving pleasure? Fortunately today’s friendly French manufacturer has reached up to the top shelf at the back of the shed and taken down the dusty bottle marked ‘pizazz’ and spooned a big dollop of it into the mix that has become the Peugeot 308 GTi. Continue reading

A Grand Day Out With Audi Driver Magazine

On Saturday 17th October it seemed like every fast Audi in the UK had descended upon the Castle Combe Circuit in glorious Wiltshire. They were there to celebrate the ever-growing Audi Driver International event organised by Autometrix, publishers of Audi Driver and Volkswagen Driver magazines. Continue reading

Audi Driver International Track Day 2015

Audi RS3, Audi driver MagazineLast week I had the pleasure of the company of the astonishing 362bhp Audi RS3 Sportback for one whole week; a week that seemed to rush by in more ways than one. Although it doesn’t seem appropriate to use the term ‘hot hatch’ for a car that costs the thick end of fifty grand it is in fact so, given that it is one of the fastest and most dynamic of its type on our roads today. Continue reading

Goodbye Christmas, Hello Greedival

ChristmasAt this time of year when some people are still taking late holidays, the last thing you want to think about is Christmas. Retailers, however, don’t see it that way because their view is that Christmas is just around the corner. They’re not being presumptuously festive – they just want your money. Continue reading

Abarth 500 Custom: Riding The Ladybird

Abarth 500 CustomFIAT did a great job of resurrecting the iconic 500 – which has just undergone a rejuvenating facelift – and it gets even better once it has been through the dark arts practiced inside the Abarth shed behind the factory. The Abarth 500 Custom may be the same shape, albeit more aggressive in style and stance, but the regular strength motor has been ripped out and replaced by a 135hp 1.4L turbo with more steroids than a dodgy athlete; it makes all the difference. Continue reading

Volkswagen Golf GTi – Not The Fastest, Still The Best

Golf GTI, DriveWrite AutomotiveIncredibly, 2016 will usher in the fortieth birthday of this iconic fast German motor. Now in its seventh iteration it has matured like a fine wine to the extent that it now transcends the ubiquitous term ‘hot hatch’, demonstrating that a car can evolve into a vehicle suitable for grown-ups without losing the fun factor that made it so popular all those decades ago. Continue reading

Volvo V60 Polestar – Heavens Above

Polestar, DriveWrite Automotive blogOver time I have had the pleasure of driving several of the current range of Volvo cars. They have all been uniformly excellent for most needs, as you would expect from this company, but if you really like to drive – if you really, really like to drive – then the driving dynamics might come as a slight disappointment. These cars are built for comfort and safety, not performance; until now that is. Continue reading

30 Years Of Peugeot GTi

Richard Hardie, PeugeotThe original Peugeot 205 GTi is still today considered the benchmark for the now ubiquitous hot hatch. Many have tried to replicate that recipe but when it comes to a yearning for hot hatchery buyers still turn first to the French company. Here’s a fascinating infographic about the history of these iconic Peugeot GTi cars, courtesy of Richard Hardie: Continue reading