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Ford confirms Focus RS 'white smoke' issue, one case in Oz

Ford Australia has acknowledged an issue with the 2016-17 Focus RS, where excess coolant consumption makes the car produce white smoke under acceleration. According to the local division, just one Focus RS is known to be affected in Australia, though more of the circa-1200 units sold locally could potentially be included, too...

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2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test
Rating: 8.710 /10
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2018 Honda Civic Type R review: road test

We loved the bewinged, turbocharged Civic Type R at the track, but is this hot Honda easier to live with than its predecessor?

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$50,990

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf 7.5 arrived earlier this year, but part of the (expansive) hatchback lineup missed out on a refresh. After a championship-winning season, the Golf GTI TCR has finally been given its '7.5' makeover, bringing the entry-level racer into line with the road car range...


2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition track review
Rating: 8.710 /10
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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition track review

A track day in a range of sporty Focuses culminates in discovering whether the addition of a torque-biasing front diff and stickier rubber makes the Ford Focus RS Limited Edition an even greater hot hatch.

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$56,990

2018 Abarth 595 review
Rating: 7.710 /10
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2018 Abarth 595 review

The 2018 Abarth 595 features some important upgrades over the model it replaces. Still not the most sensible option in the segment, it is an undeniable enthusiast's car, with retro appeal, a willing engine, and go-kart fun factor.

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$26,990 - $31,990

Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased
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Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 teased

Volkswagen has released a teaser sketch of its upcoming Polo GTI R5, a rally version of the latest Polo GTI hot hatch. Making around 270hp (201kW), the Polo GTI R5 will become available to professional teams and drivers from the second half of 2018 to compete in various global motorsport series, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)...


Ford Performance develops 'Drift Stick' for Focus RS
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Ford Performance develops 'Drift Stick' for Focus RS

With its clever GKN Twinster all-wheel drive system and an electronic Drift Mode, the Ford Focus RS is already better qualified as a drift car than most hot hatches. That hasn't stopped Ford Performance in the USA from teaming up with Ken Block to create an optional tailor-made for tail-happy hooligans...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid pricing and specs, here in January
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid pricing and specs, here in January

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid have been released this week ahead of their arrival in January next year. Both variants significantly undercut the current entry points to the Golf GTI and Golf R ranges, providing Aussie buyers with a cheaper way into a performance Golf while also offering a simpler package for enthusiasts...


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI manual review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI manual review

Is the Volkswagen Golf GTI manual the purist's tool of choice? Or should you go for the DSG? Matt Campbell reckons its stick-shift, or die.

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$41,490

Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model
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Toyota Yaris GRMN successor to be mass-production model

Toyota and Gazoo Racing are already planning a successor to the Yaris GRMN hot hatch, which will be a mass-production model and serve as a homologation base for the next WRC rally car. Speaking with the UK's AutoExpress, Shigeki Tomoyama, senior manager for Gazoo Racing, said: "We know our current situation and we believe that we need to change the platform for the rally car to be even more competitive"...


2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 spied sporting quad pipes
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 spied sporting quad pipes

The Mercedes-AMG A45 has been spied during testing, giving us a clearer peek at the upcoming turbo tearaway. Although it isn't uncovered to the same extent as the regular A-Class, which was snapped testing alongside a Golf 7.5 last week, the latest shots give us a better look at the front end of the all-wheel drive hot hatch...


2018 Honda Civic Type R review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2018 Honda Civic Type R review

The Honda Civic Type R has arrived in Oz to try and nab the crown as King Of The Reasonably Priced Fun Cars. But first, we see if the front-drive Nurburgring lap record holder's hotness translates to local roads and track.

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$50,990

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review

See the full article here While there are truckloads of topics where you mightn’t utter Volkswagen Golf and Porsche 911 in the same breath, they’re kindred compatriots in an important area: both struck successful formulas long ago and have benefited from evolution at the hands of many since...


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 review

After hiatus for a generation, Volkswagen's Golf is back as a three-door in flagship front-driven hot hatch form. But do the bundled in goodies of the new limited-run '7.5' Golf GTI Performance Edition 1 stack up in practice as much as they do on paper?

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$47,990

Ford Focus RS Limited Edition confirmed - more hardcore hatch here in November
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Ford Focus RS Limited Edition confirmed - more hardcore hatch here in November

An even more hardcore version of the Ford Focus RS will be reach Aussie shores in November, when the 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition touches down. It'll be limited to just 500 units, and the price of the new version will put it $6000 higher than the existing Focus RS - but there are plenty of changes to justify the extra expense over the "standard" model...


2018 Renault Megane RS leaked undisguised
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2018 Renault Megane RS leaked undisguised

The 2018 Renault Megane RS - or RenaultSport Megane, depending on which market you're in - has been caught completely uncovered ahead of its international debut. Images of the new-generation Renault Megane RS have been leaked online, appearing on French auto site Virtuel Car's Facebook page overnight...


2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?
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2018 Honda Civic Type R triple exhaust makes the car quieter… wait, what?

One of the talking points of the new-generation 2018 Honda Civic Type R is its three-pipe exhaust system, which you may have thought was just a (further) styling exercise for the Japanese hot-hatch. But there’s more to it than that. The three-tip system has a clever noise-lowering function when the Honda's 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is hoofing it on the highway...


2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns
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2018 Honda Civic Type R missed out on auto gearbox due to weight concerns

The 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatch will be offered solely with a six-speed manual transmission because an auto would have mucked up the weight balance of the car. That’s according to Yuji Matsumochi, assistant large project leader for the 10th-generation Civic powertrain at Honda Japan...


Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?
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Could the new Civic Type R spawn an all-wheel-drive spinoff?

Is there space for something to sit above the 2018 Honda Civic Type R? Perhaps an all-wheel-drive hot-hatch with more power and torque than the current front-drive flagship? You bet. Just look at Volkswagen’s strategy with its two Golf models, the GTI and the R, or Ford with its Focus pairing, the ST and the RS...


2018 Honda Civic Type R pricing and specs
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2018 Honda Civic Type R pricing and specs

The all-new 2018 Honda Civic Type R hatchback will go toe-to-toe with big name speedsters in the small car segment when it arrives in October, priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs. The new-generation Honda Civic Type R model packs in a 2...