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2018 Honda Civic Type R
Apr09

2018 Honda Civic Type R

 The Type R has been given a facelift and Hannah Gordon has been finding  out just what has been nipped and what has been tucked What is it? The ‘demonic’ looking hot hatch is back and carrying with it a big haul of awards naming it as the best in its class. Who is it aimed at? It may have five-doors and a decent size boot but this car is all about power and driver enjoyment whilst pushing it to its limits, it does settle down enough...

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First Drive: Renault Mégane RS
Feb13

First Drive: Renault Mégane RS

The Renault Mégane RS is the most fun I had, on track and off, in a long time writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Sitting lower to the ground than the regular Mégane, the RS 280, the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque, is low, orange and racetrack-ready. Its predecessor was revered by hot hatchback aficionados, so much is expected of it. First impressions of the new Renault Mégane RS? Despite being painted an...

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Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 4MATIC 
Jan04

Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 4MATIC 

The new Mercedes-Benz AMG E43 perfectly blends performance and high-end luxury, writes Geraldine Herbert What is it? Sometimes the best cars are the most understated; you could be a thrill-seeking speed freak and nobody need know. The latest variant of Mercedes E-Class, the AMG E43, is just that. Designed to plug the gap between the regular E-Class and the rip-roaring E63, the E43 is a fast but demure car, rather than a hooligan...

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Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.9 Turbo petrol Quadrifoglio
Aug02

Alfa Romeo Giulia 2.9 Turbo petrol Quadrifoglio

 Has Alfa Romeo produced a serious rival to the Germans asks Geraldine Herbert What is it?  The Quadrifoglio, or four-leaf clover, has been the symbol of high-performance Alfa Romeos since 1923 when Ugo Sivocci painted one on the grille of his car for the Targa Florio race in an effort to break a string of second-place finishes. (Spoiler alert – it worked) Who is it aimed at? The flagship four-door performance Quadrifoglio competes...

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Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp
Dec16

Peugeot 308 GTi 270bhp

Peugeot’s hot hatch strikes balance with cool comfort writes Geraldine Herbert What is it?  When it comes to a hot hatch, there are key requirements – it needs to be balanced, responsive and fast but also should be reasonably composed, calm and comfortable enough to live with day to day. Sitting 11mm lower to the ground than the regular 308, the Peugeot 308 GTi is the latest hot hatch to be unleashed by the French marque....

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Peugeot 208 GTi By Peugeot Sport
Nov30

Peugeot 208 GTi By Peugeot Sport

Is the 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport good enough to remind us of Peugeot’s glory days? Hannah Gordon finds out  What is it? Finally a decent small hot hatch from Peugeot, after the highly forgettable 206 and 207 GTi versions Peugeot Sport have got hold of the 208 and given it a proper sport makeover. Who is it aimed at? This is a car squarely aimed at the hot hatch market, it does have a slightly practical side but with all the tweeks and...

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