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Ford Focus RS: It’s A Hot Hatch Love-In!

If you are prone to nausea then please look away now as this article is a prime example of an over-the-top automotive love-in. You see, the word that immediately springs to my mind here is, Wow! I had to keep telling himself that this car is, after all, a Focus, the mainstay of the mainstream market. But this is no ordinary Ford, oh no. It is very special yet the vehicle in the images, with its special Ford Focus RS sparkly paint and a number of must-have extras, like those awesome wheels, costs just £36,545 in the UK which in my opinion is a bit of a bargain that sets new benchmarks for driving at this price point. See the full spec below. Continue reading

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DS3 Performance: Trés Chic, Trés Quick

A little while ago I wrote (HERE to be precise) that I had lost that lovin’ feeling when it comes to the hot hatch sector. I stand by what I wrote because I feel that manufacturers seem to be in the middle of a ‘who can make the fastest hot hatch’ competition at, imho, the expense of good old-fashioned fun. The DS3 Performance featured here with 202bhp is by no means the fastest or most aggressive and there is much to like with the car; but I still feel it has a surfeit of performance at the expense of driving enjoyment. Continue reading

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Hot Hatch Love Lost?

At the time of writing this I am driving a DS3 Performance. That’s it above. With its Parisian boulevardier looks and feisty engine it is the very epitome of a hot hatch. There’s much I like and some things I like not. I’ll write a pretty positive review soon; but there’s a problem. Continue reading

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Honda Civic Type R – Men 2 Boyz

One of the things that gladdens my heart is the knowledge that car makers are still prepared to build cars like the Honda Civic Type R featured here. Cars that fly in the face of the current mood of eco-consciousness like a hot dog stand at a vegan conference. People who ask, ‘what is the point of vents and gills that don’t appear to do anything’, are, by saying that, missing the very point of them. Continue reading

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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

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

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