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First Drive: 2017 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda aims to rule the "hot hatch" category.

by on Jun.14, 2017

The 2017 Honda Civic Type-R finally reaches U.S. showrooms after a two-decade wait.

Pity the poor American driver. Sure, they have plenty of options to choose from, but many of the most intriguing alternatives haven’t made it into U.S. showrooms. Until recently, that included some of the most exciting offerings in the hot hatch segment, like the Ford Focus RS and the Honda Civic Type-R.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on the Blue Oval’s entry, but we had the good fortune to spend a long weekend in Montreal, first sitting back to watch the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix and then logging some track time of our own behind the wheel of the Type-R, the first version of the Honda five-door rocket ever to reach the U.S. market.

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The latest and last entry into the largest line-up of Civic alternatives ever, the Type-R is also the most powerful, delivering a blistering 306 horsepower to the front wheels. From first glance, the five-door is also the most audacious, with the sort of aero treatment you’d expect on something specifically designed for the track. But it’s all functional, and despite some concerns about Honda’s decision to stay with a front, rather than all-wheel-drive layout, it all magically comes together. And with a starting price as much as $5,000 less than key competitors, this hot hatch seems destined to become a hot ticket. (more…)

Ford Fills in the Performance Blanks on New Focus RS

A clue? It’s quick.

by on Sep.16, 2015

Ford had only promised to deliver "well in excess of 315 hp" when first showing the Focus RS.

Seven months after it first lifted the covers off the new Focus RS, Ford is finally revealing the hot hatch’s performance numbers. And they suggest the high-performance model could get the best of its competition.

Entering a fast-growing segment filled with the likes of the VW Golf R and Subaru WRX STI, the new Ford Focus RS is the Detroit maker’s most aggressive pitch yet to the hip, young performance fans who often influence more mainstream buyers. And it highlights the launch of an all-new Ford Performance division late last year.

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“The all-new Focus RS will bring the legendary nameplate to a new generation of global customers for `the first time,” including those in the U.S., said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance. “Focus RS delivers stunning performance and innovative technology at a price that will make both enthusiast consumers and premium automakers look twice.”


Ford Bringing New Focus RS to US for 1st Time

Performance hatchback will adopt new AWD system with dynamic torque vectoring.

by on Feb.03, 2015

The new Ford Focus RS will make "in excess of" 315 hp, possibly quite in excess.

Ford will be giving compact performance fans a new option, the maker today rolling out an all-new version of its hot hatch Focus RS – and confirming will come to the U.S. market for the first time.

Part of an ambitious plan to significantly expand its presence in the performance market, the new RS will be one of the fastest and best-handling models in the Ford line-up, company officials promised during a preview staged in both Cologne, Germany and at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

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“The RS is the next extension of our plan to bring out 12 (performance) vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, from the suburban Detroit end of the unveiling.


New VW Golf R “Variant” Gets the Go

First look in LA – but will the performance wagon come to the US?

by on Nov.18, 2014

Volkswagen's Golf R wagon is expected to go on sale next year in Europe, but U.S. fans will be left in the cold...for now.

There’s a certain level of cruelty in Volkswagen’s decision to debut the new Golf R “Variant” at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. It’s like teasing a dog with a bone, or holding a jar of candy just out of a child’s reach. You see, VW is confirming this will be the first-ever wagon version of the new Golf R but, for the moment, it will only confirm plans to put the new model on sale in Europe, starting next spring.

There’s certainly a lot to like about the Golf R wagon, starting with its 296-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI engine. That’s more than enough to launch from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in 5.1 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited 155 mph top speed.

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By comparison, that’s off a modest 0.2 seconds from the shorter, lighter hatch version of the Golf R. It helps that the Golf R wagon uses a six-speed DSG linked to a performance-tuned 4Motion Haldex all-wheel-drive system to ensure the maximum amount of power goes to the pavement. The new XDS+ electronic locking differential system adds torque vectoring to improve cornering. (more…)

Golf R 400 Concept Pushes the Limits

A 395-hp hot hatch meant to take on all comers.

by on Apr.21, 2014

VW pushes into supercar territory with the 395-horsepower Golf R 400 Concept.

Step aside Subaru, make way Mitsubishi. If Volkswagen has any real production plans for the Golf R 400 concept debuting in Beijing this week, it could redefine the hot hatch segment.

With its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine tweaked and tuned to produce an astounding 395 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, the Golf R 400 would be able to launch from 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 174 mph.  We’re talking supercar performance levels here.


The Golf R 400 shares the same fundamentals as the latest-generation Volkswagen hatchback that went on sale in Europe last year and which is just getting ready to roll into U.S. showrooms. It’s the latest on a long line of Golf concepts, such as the Design Vision GTI, and would be a major step up from the new Golf R hot hatch.


Volkswagen Getting into Hot Hatch Game with Golf R

But you’ll have to wait.

by on Jan.08, 2014

Performance hatchback fans have been waiting to see if the Golf R will come to the U.S. It will. Next year.

Volkswagen is getting into the hot hatch market, finally confirming it will bring the gen-four version of its Golf R to the U.S. market. But expect to wait. With American drivers still waiting for the latest version of the mainstream Golf, the new R won’t reach U.S. showrooms until the first quarter of next year.

Is it worth the wait? For many fans, the answer is likely to be a resounding yes considering this will be the fastest Golf ever, Volkswagen claims. At 290 horsepower it gets a 34 hp bump from the previous-generation Golf R. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four will meanwhile make 280 pound-feet of torque.

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By the way, how you feel about this will likely reveal whether you see the gas tank as half-empty or half-full. The Euro-spec Golf R actually gets another six horsepower for reasons VW has not revealed. (more…)