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    Teased: Opel Astra OPC Extreme snapshots whetting our appetites
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    Opel has used its Facebook page to show off more of the woven carbon fiber bits that will adorn its Astra OPC Extreme, promised to be the fastest production car it has ever made available to the public. Utilizing lessons learned during last year's campaigns with the Astra Cup spec-series car, it ...

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    Video: Find out if the Ford Fiesta ST can match Europe's latest hot hatches
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    The V8 grunt of the Mustang has defined Ford performance cars in the US for the last 50 years, but in Europe, the Blue Oval has nearly as a long history of building some of the best hot hatches on the market with the Fiesta, Escort and later the Focus. The latest Fiesta ST has just hit the roads ...

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    Official: Astra OPC Extreme to be fastest Opel ever
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    A racecar for the road. Usually that statement is nothing more than marketing, but Opel may have actually done it with its Astra OPC Extreme. It promises that the hot hatch is the fastest production Astra it has ever sold. The Extreme starts as a standard Astra OPC with 280 horsepower and 295 ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi S1 nearly ready to rocket euros out of your pocket
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    Audi was out testing its upcoming S1 on the streets of Germany when our trusty spy photographers snapped the new, all-wheel-drive hot hatch that's set to succeed the limited-edition A1 Quattro. Unlike the A1 Quattro, the S1 should sport a much less aggressive look overall. As shown in the spy ...

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    Report: Peugeot confirms 208 R hot hatch
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    As much as we may love hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST, there are a number on offer in Europe that we'll just never get here. And soon we'll be able to add one more. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat revealed that a new 208 R is on its way. ...

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    Quick Spin: 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
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    I'm not overly inclined to professional jealousy, as a rule. Sure, I go a bit green around the eyes when Ramsey draws the 911 GT3 trip to Weissach, Harley is tapped-in to drive a completely stunning Porsche 911 by Singer, or, you know, Drew Phillips gets to shoot a Lamborghini Veneno in the ...

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    Rumormill: Next Mazdaspeed3 could go naturally aspirated?
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    The new Mazda3 is a stunner, both aesthetically and from a driving perspective. As with all good things, though, there's always room for improvement. That's where the wizards from Mazdaspeed come in. Mazda's in-house tuner has been tweaking and turbocharging the five-door Mazda3 since 2007, with ...

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    Video: Mini JCW Paceman vs. BMW M135i in family faceoff
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    Over the last year, we've had the chance to drive two of the most exciting hatchbacks in the BMW family – the BMW M135i and the Mini Paceman John Cooper Works – but Autocar has managed to get the two corporate cousins together for a head-to-head comparison. Just like our initial ...

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    Video: Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. race Focus ST and GTI through abandoned neighborhood
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    Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. are two of the masters of artistically abusing automobiles, so you know a video with both men in it is going to be a good one. In the fourth installment of the Focus ST Sessions series from Ford, Gittin and Block are given the keys to a 2013 Focus ST and a ...

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    Paris: 2013 Audi S3 is hot-hatch forbidden fruit par excellence
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    Alas, of all the not-for-U.S. models we see every year, some sting more than others. While the Volkswagen GTI may define 'hot-hatch' stateside, the 2013 Audi S3 ups the ante, and it looks even tastier and forbidden up close. The centerpiece of the A3 is the new 2.0-liter TFSI inline-4. The ...

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    Official: Peugeot reveals 2013 208 GTi and 208 XY ahead of Paris debut
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    Finally, what might be some good news for the beleaguered Peugeot. The Gallic brand has let loose details on the 208 GTi, a hot hatch that hopes to do a better job of channeling the much beloved 205 GTi than the intervening 206 and 207 models. Our drive of the standard 208 revealed a hatch that ...

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    PSA: Top Gear Series 17 starts on June 26
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    There have been rumors that the Top Gear juggernaut may be nearing its end, but James May (the guy who most recently ignited the retirement talk) has been quick to shoot them down. And even if the show were nearing its end, we can at least count on another season coming, and soon. The Top Gear ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus ST caught cold-weather testing and track tuning
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    We saw the 2012 Ford Focus ST in the flesh at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but at the time, the hot-hatch unveiled to the waiting press was merely a close-to-the-real-thing concept version. The production Focus ST should be arriving at an auto show in the near future. Apparently it's not quite ...

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    New Kia Rio to spawn hot hatch?
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    According to Autocar, the minds at Kia may be mulling the creation of a hot hatch based on the all-new Rio. The news has sprouted from comments made by Benny Oeyen, Kia marketing and product planning boss in Europe. Oeyen said that the brand's perception in the old country still lags behind the ...

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    Ford releases new version of the Fiesta S1600, limited to just 500 units
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    Another day, another hot-hatch that the United Kingdom can enjoy while thumbing their nose at our relative lack of hot-hatchitude here in the States. Ford has just announced another limited-edition run of Fiesta S1600 hatchbacks. In 2010, Ford released a 650-car run of 118-horsepower Fiesta ...

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    Video: Take in the all-new Audi RS3 from every angle
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    2011 Audi RS3 gets the silent film treatment – Click above to watch video after the jump
    We already let you know earlier this week that Audi has unveiled the 2011 RS3 five-door hot hatch, and now we have video of the sporty German schnell machine. Unfortunately, this is not a video for ...

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    Review: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart takes aim at the competition
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    2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart – Click above for high-res image gallery
    There has always been a glaringly obvious gap in Mitsubishi's current Lancer lineup. On the bottom is the... Lancer, a biggish-for-its-class economy car that no one particularly likes – at least that's ...

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    Ford Focus RS500 hacks out onto the Internet ahead of schedule
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    2011 Ford Focus RS500 – click above for high-res image gallery
    We've been waiting patiently for the digital reveal of the stonking new Ford Focus RS500, but apparently others aren't quite so couth. According to one of our inside sources at the Blue Oval, the RS500's site was breached and ...

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    Renault Mégane Renaultsport 250 drops on unsuspecting Brits
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    Mégane Renaultsport 250 -- Click above for high-res image gallery
    We're not really fans of yellow cars, but every once in a while we come upon a butter-colored coupe and think, "Oh, that's not bad..." The Mégane Renaultsport 250 is just one of those cars, and makes us say again ...

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    REPORT: Ford passes on bringing current Focus RS to America
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    UPDATE: Ford just wrote us to clarify that while the all-new Focus RS just introduced in Europe won't be for sale in the U.S., "Ford intends to bring some new RS' to the US (as we've already seen in the spy photos of the white car) to use as marketing assets for feedback from enthusiasts" and ...

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