• Posts Tagged ‘hot hatch’

    New Opel Corsa OPC set for Geneva

    by  • February 4, 2015 • Motoring News

    2015 Opel Corsa OPC exterior front left dynamic

    Opel believes the new Corsa OPC will ‘raise the bar for small, fast hatchbacks’ when it arrives in Ireland later this year. The German car manufacturer release pictures of the new model ahead of its launch at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The new 1.6-litre 207hp turbocharged model can accelerate from 0-100kph in...

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    Seat scores again with fab Leon Cupra

    by  • September 17, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Seat Leon Cupra 280 exterior left front static

    When I got my hands on the Seat Cupra 280, the test car was just eight weeks old – and already had nearly 6,500km on the clock – I knew it must be good. The Cupra was the first hot hatch I had ever driven and so holds a special place in my heart....

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    Nissan Juke gets the Nismo treatment

    by  • May 7, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Nissan Juke Nismo exterior front left dynamic

    To say the Nissan Juke Nismo is an unusual looking crossover is a bit of an understatement – and I can never quite decide whether I like it or not. It’s certainly a distinctive looking car, with the bulging multi-socketed bug eyes on the front giving way to sleek, sophisticated looking lines along the...

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    Sheer joy in VW Golf GTI Performance

    by  • April 2, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance exterior front left static

    How about 0-100kph in 6.4 seconds in a car you’d be comfortable bringing to any occasion? Meet the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance (Mark 7). It’s a fabulous car. While it’s not particularly good looking, it is stunning to drive. Those in the know will recognise the GTI badge, the large red GTI brake calipers...

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    Feeling good in the Peugeot 208 GTi

    by  • October 2, 2013 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Peugeot 208 GTi exterior front left static

    Style, sophistication and speed are my top three words in describing the new Peugeot 208 GTi. The styling in this little hot hatch is a real triumph for Peugeot. It’s a hot hatch that doesn’t immediately visually scream its hot hatch credentials. This means that it’s quite at home in any setting – demure...

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    Ford Fiesta ST king of the mountains

    by  • August 21, 2013 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Ford Fiesta ST exterior front right

    Not to be confused with its more demure Fiesta sibling, the Ford Fiesta ST is a whole different kettle of fish. It’s a real cheeky and confident looking hot hatch, its sporty credentials manifesting themselves on the outside in the form of a rear spoiler and a large honeycomb grille and of course the...

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    Civilised fun in Ford Focus ST

    by  • May 15, 2013 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

    2013 Ford Focus ST front left static

    Fancy a car that can take you from zero to 100kph in 6.5 seconds but that’s also fit for a trip to the supermarket or the school run? Well, that’s the Ford Focus ST in a nutshell. The Focus ST is the faster, sportier version of the ultra popular Ford Focus. Not an obvious...

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    May launch for Peugeot 208 GTi

    by  • April 19, 2013 • Motoring News

    2013 Peugeot 208 GTi exterior side left

    The new Peugeot 208 GTi will offer driving enthusiasts ‘a perfect blend of performance and style’, Peugeot Ireland has said. With a top speed of 230kph, the Peugeot 208 GTi 1.6 THP 200bhp can accelerate from 0-100kph in less than seven seconds. CO2 emissions in this three-door are 139g/km, putting it in the €280...

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