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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times...

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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test
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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test

Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled 'hot hatch'? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks...


Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition revealed, not for Oz
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Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition revealed, not for Oz

The Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition has been revealed for the UK market, sporting a power bump and a handful of unique features. Celebrating 50 years of the 'Rallye Sport' brand, the special Focus RS is limited to just 50 units and will only be sold in the UK, marking the final 50 units of the hot hatch before production ends on April 6...


2016-17 Focus RS recall coming for 'white smoke' issue
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2016-17 Focus RS recall coming for 'white smoke' issue

Ford Australia has confirmed it will reach out to owners of the Focus RS hot hatch for an engine fault that could see vehicles expel white exhaust smoke and consume excessive amounts of coolant. The issue was first reported last month, after owners in the UK complained their vehicles were misfiring and smoking from the exhaust when the engine was cold...


Video: 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition road and track drive
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Video: 2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition road and track drive

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.


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


2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition track review
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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.


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...


CarAdvice podcast 74: Melbourne conducts one of world's largest self-driving surveys
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CarAdvice podcast 74: Melbourne conducts one of world's largest self-driving surveys

This week Mandy Turner and Mike Costello talk about Porsche trialing a new subscription service, the Toyota Century has been unveiled, and Mazda tops the Roy Morgan owner satisfaction survey. Honda is pleading for Takata-affected owners to get their cars fixed with 94,000 cars still to go, the 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport will be in Australia in the first quarter, and the open-topped 86 hybrid Toyota GR HV Sports Concept will be revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show...


Ford Focus RS and ST concepts unveiled ahead of SEMA 2017
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Ford Focus RS and ST concepts unveiled ahead of SEMA 2017

Four cars based on the Focus RS and ST will be among the 50 vehicles on the Ford stand at this year's SEMA show. The Rally Revival Ford Focus RS (top) looks as though it's ready for a bit of dirt-track racing, thanks to its vinyl graphics pack and white 19-inch OZ Racing Superturismo GT wheels...


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...


Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division
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Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division

One of the key figures behind Volkswagen's dominant return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) has been appointed managing director of the German manufacturer's ever-popular 'R' performance arm. Volkswagen has announced that, effective June 1, Jost Capito will head up Volkswagen R GmbH, despite leaving his post as Volkswagen’s director of motorsport in August 2016 to take up the position of CEO of McLaren Racing just one month later...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


CarAdvice podcast 55: How is traffic flow monitored? We talk to the NSW Transport Management Centre
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CarAdvice podcast 55: How is traffic flow monitored? We talk to the NSW Transport Management Centre

Paul Maric returns! Joining him is Mandy and James Ward, as they bring you the biggest car news of the week. The 2018 Renault Megane RS side profile has been leaked, pricing and specs for the 2017 Honda CR-V are out, the Renault Zoe could be coming to Australia, Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds some goodies, Rolls-Royce ‘Sweptail’ one-off debuts in Italy, and a study finds EVs to be cheaper than regular cars by 2025...


Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia
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Ford Focus RS Option Pack adds LSD, black highlights, on the cards for Australia

The Ford Focus RS Option Pack has been revealed this week, giving the Blue Oval's hyper hatch several mechanical and cosmetic upgrades. Compared to the already manic 'standard' Focus RS, the Option Pack adds a mechanical limited-slip front differential sourced from tuning company Quaife, along with a two-tone colour scheme inside and out...


The $52k question: Which car would each CarAdvice journo pick?
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The $52k question: Which car would each CarAdvice journo pick?

Celebrating 52 episodes of the CarAdvice podcast, this question was put to each writer on the team: if you had $52,000, what new car would you buy? You can catch their responses on this week's show, but if you can't get away with some listening time, we've listed each below. Rob Margeit Skoda Octavia RS230 wagon: $43,190 It is a practical sleeper...


2017 BMW M140i v Ford Focus RS comparison
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2017 BMW M140i v Ford Focus RS comparison

We’ll admit a comparison test between the BMW M140i and Ford Focus RS doesn’t seem particularly logical on the surface, but there’s a method to the madness. Each demonstrates a different methodology for doing the same thing — turning a garden variety small hatchback into a bona fide road weapon...


Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black
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Car colour trends for 2016/17: Brown blooming, red hot, navy the new black

2016 has wrapped up and it's time to look back on the kaleidoscope of cars that have rolled through the CarAdvice garage. MY17 models have been flooding in already, offering up fun new colours and finishes. Let's take a look. We've seen myriad hues, from bright and bold, through to more shades of brown and grey than we ever thought possible...


Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k
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Fun Car Mega Test: CarAdvice readers join us at MotorWorld to test 17 'hot' cars under $60k

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for December 16, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...