Tag Archives: Hot Hatch

2022 Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch coming mid-2022 with 1.6L turbo-3 & AWD

With the Toyota GR Yaris a huge success, Toyota is now turning its attention to the Yaris’ bigger brother, the Toyota GR Corolla. Set to hit global markets in mid-2022, the GR Corolla will call the Volkswagen Golf GTI and R, Hyundai i30N, Ford Focus ST, Renault Megane RS and …

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Hardcore Toyota GR Yaris Rallye launched from sub-$55k

Toyota has launched its track-ready GR Yaris Rallye, taking the super hot hatch to an even higher level of performance. Building on the 200kW GR Yaris three-door performance hatch, the new Rallye edition introduces lightweight components and performance parts, specifically designed for hardcore track driving. Key upgrades include circuit-tuned GR …

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Updated Honda Civic Type R: What’s new for 2020?

One of the best hot hatches in the market – and our favourite – has just gone better. The updated FK8 Honda Civic Type R brings a host of changes and improvements to the Type R’s winning formula, including upgrades to ride and handling, braking performance and engine cooling, freshened …

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Toyota GR Yaris offered with GR Parts aero and interior upgrades

The Toyota GR Yaris is arguably the hottest hot hatch to launch this year. Available as a single variant, the second member of the Gazoo Racing (GR) family (after the GR Supra) is literally a pocket rocket for the road. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine that churns out …

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BMW 128ti to shake up affordable hot hatch segment in 2021

BMW is aiming to shake up the hot hatch segment in Australia next year with launch of the new 128ti, the successor to the previous 125i. Joining the BMW 1 Series line-up from early 2021, the 128ti will slot in between the entry-level 118i and the range-topping M135i xDrive. The …

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Honda Civic Type R hybrid could be a 400hp scorcher

Honda is back on the road testing a Civic Type R prototype. Fully camouflaged, the prototype was seen making rounds on public roads around the infamous Nurburgring circuit, perhaps in preparation for an upcoming track assault. With the current Civic Type R having been recently updated, it’s unlikely Honda is …

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Hyundai i30 N: Old vs New

Hyundai has unveiled the updated i30 N, which comes with a refined design, added driver assistance and safety features, and retuned suspension. But the biggest news is the addition of a dual-clutch transmission variant, designed to broaden the appeal of the i30 N. Let’s explore further the differences between the …

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Video: 2021 Volkswagen Golf R pounds the Nürburgring

Earlier this year we got to see spy photos of the 2021 Volkswagen Golf R winter testing in the wild almost fully undisguised, but there’s only that much excitement from static photos. Now a new video has captured the hot hatch pounding hard on the Nurburgring. Watch the video after …

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2020 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy Review

How hot do you like your fried chicken? Mild, medium, hot, really freaking hot? What if we could also choose the intensity of our hot hatches? Well, with the new Renault Megane R.S., we can. You choose from Sport, Cup, Trophy and Trophy-R, with incremental hotness from Sport to Trophy-R. …

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Toyota trademarks GR Corolla name, production all but confirmed

Here is the biggest proof yet that Toyota is cooking up a hot Corolla. The company was found to have filed a trademark registration application for the GR Corolla name in Australia on March 17. The GR name is given to Toyota’s performance line-up and is the acronym for Gazoo Racing, …

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Hyundai i30 N sharpened with KW height adjustable springs

Suspension and chassis expert KW Automotive has developed an adjustable lowering spring kit for the Hyundai i30 N hatchback and fastback. The height-adjustable ST spring sets offer the advantage of a continuously adjustable lowering range as compared to the conventional lowering springs. With the threaded spring plates, threaded sleeves and …

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Fastest GTI ever: Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR price and specification

The fastest Volkswagen Golf GTI to date will arrive in Australian showrooms in July priced from $51,490 plus on-road costs. Celebrating Volkswagen’s success in Touring Car Racing, the Golf GTI TCR is the latest in the line of GTI special editions that began with the GTI Pirelli (Mark 5), through …

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New colours and more goodies for Volkswagen Golf R Final Edition

The Volkswagen Golf R will be available in factory hand painted custom colours in the form of the Golf R Final Edition, which starts from $57,990 plus on-road cost. Of the 450 units of this last special edition of the Mark 7.5 Golf R before its replacement next year, 150 …

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