Category: Hot Hatch

2018 Skoda Octavia VRS 245 launch review

2018 Skoda Octavia VRS 245 launch review

  Skoda has sold 5,000 cars this year so far. They’re proud of it too, and so they should be. It is a brand that flies under the radar, but is one that motoring journalists love. It is pure, value-packed, fun. It has all the quality and innovation of VW, and perhaps even Audi, at … Continue reading 2018 Skoda Octavia VRS 245 launch review

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Hyundai’s final test at Nürburgring: i30 N hot hatch

Hyundai’s final test at Nürburgring: i30 N hot hatch

Final test for Hyundai i30 N during the Nürburgring 24-hours race Two i30 N models, close to series production, will be competing in the most challenging race prior to the model's launch in the second half of 2017 Engineers from the Hyundai Motor R&D Centre in Namyang, South Korea, are to take part as technical … Continue reading Hyundai’s final test at Nürburgring: i30 N hot hatch

Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Car design is alchemy. It is a cauldron into which a master sorcerer puts a pinch of this, and a spoon of that. Mix the right ingredients, and you get an explosion. The i30’s cauldron has brand new ingredients cleverly blended with a touch of old. They’ve even tweaked the recipe racing-style, and called it … Continue reading Hyundai conjures another unstoppable i30

Fun QX 30: the AWD baby Infiniti

Fun QX 30: the AWD baby Infiniti

A product of a platform sharing partnership with Mercedes Benz, a keen eye might spot a more than a few similarities with a Mercedes GLA when it, and the QX30, park side-by-side. There is a vague likeness of roofline and size, but the Infiniti has injected personality with gratuitous surface sculpting and chrome detailing. What … Continue reading Fun QX 30: the AWD baby Infiniti

257kw Focus RS is the best of all worlds

    My previous favourite Ford, the Focus ST comes in at $43,325 (on road NSW) which is a full $12,520 cheaper than the RS, so is the RS worth the extra bucks? In a word, yes. It is glorious. The 2.3 Ecoboost the star pony in Ford’s stable. In various modes of tune, it … Continue reading 257kw Focus RS is the best of all worlds

BRZ: Subaru’s Guilty Pleasure gets update

  BRZ is the identical twin sister of Toyota’s much lauded 86. On debut, this pair of frisky fillies bolted out of the gate on a safe bet. They’ve been strong sellers up until recent months. First, here are a few figures: Subaru ran out of BRZ allocation, so sold zero in October, and Toyota … Continue reading BRZ: Subaru’s Guilty Pleasure gets update

Holden Launches Pivotal new Astra Hatch

Much depends on Holden’s new baby. Astra replaces the aging Cruze sedan/hatch/wagon as well as the recently re-introduced Astra previously seen here as the Opel. The svelte new Astra is 140kg lighter than her flabby old sister and bristles with shiny new tech. Holden’s fleet was starting to look a bit tired an emotional ,and … Continue reading Holden Launches Pivotal new Astra Hatch

Skoda Octavia RS Flies Under the Radar but Deserves to Shine

    Skoda is one of the many brands owned by VW. As such, the Octavia’s MQB platform is also used in Skoda’s Superb and Kodiaq, VW’s Golf, Passat, and Tiguan, and the Audi TT, A3 and Q2. Octavia is in august company. Not only are there shared platforms, but the engines and transmissions are … Continue reading Skoda Octavia RS Flies Under the Radar but Deserves to Shine

Golf GTI 40: Brains, Talent and a handsome Face

I love the Golf. How many times have you heard someone say, “it sounds just like a Golf”, when they hear a door shut? What they mean is, “that’s the same quality as a Golf”. The 40 edition is Vee-Dub’s nod to a 40-year history dating back the 80kw MK I GTI. The first GTI … Continue reading Golf GTI 40: Brains, Talent and a handsome Face