(from Chris Harris's Pirelli Trofeo-R advert)
I'm seriously afraid so. Portuguese, English and German sites show exactly none for sale, and only a few regular R26s. Has any of the Euro Oppos ever seen one for sale? And IRL? I saw an R26 once but it had French plates.
Say 'Group B' to any rally fan and you'll probably see their eyes light up thinking about flame spitting monsters of the forest endowed with far more power than was ever sensible. Citroen saw a problem however, how do you introduce someone to this in a slightly saner environment? Their answer was the four wheel drive…
Some of you may recognise this week's car under a different name, the Renault Encore, the hatchback version of Car and Driver & Motor Trend's car of the year for 1983 the Renault Alliance. Others may have spotted a very similar looking taxi being ripped apart in the Bond film 'A View To A Kill'. I however see Jean…
This ad for the Nova GTE was aired in the late 80's as part of Vauxhall's 'Once Driven, Forever Smitten' campaign. The Nova had been released in 1983 but it wasn't until '88 that a truly hot version was produced. Spurred on by the success of the lukewarm SR, a 100 hp 1.6 litre engine was dropped into the little…
Ahhhh! Curveball! Caught you out on this one didn't I! Best of Europe with a Japanese manufacturer? OK, so you might think I'm cheating a little bit here, but 'Best of Europe' for me covers anything made here, or sold here but not sold in the USA. The Swift Sport is the latter of those two, and let me tell you; for…
If any of you saw me commenting when I first joined this glorious website just the other day, you'd have noticed that I am a Skoda owner and I currently own the new Octavia vRS. Well, the car I owned before was this little pocket rocket above us, The Skoda Fabia vRS. Essentially, this is a VW Polo GTI underneath it's…
Bonus Focus ST jump below.
The Skoda Octavia is basically a cheaper VW Golf. It's also more interesting, and much bigger inside.
There was a decent discussion going on about other RWD hot hatches on my article yesterday. Show me more!
I'm not usually attracted to stuff like this, but it was so clean. Someone loves this little Starlet.
They may not be '70s psychedelic typefaces or cartoon characters, but French hot hatches have had their fair share of OEM graphics on them too, like Renaultsport's exploding chequered flag motif.
In 1986 Peugeot launched a more powerful version of the 205 GTI with a 1.9 engine and 130bhp. It was a pretty and competitive rival to the Golf GTI and Nova GTE and one of the sweetest handling hot hatches of all time. Since the 205 was dropped in 1993, Peugeot have lost their hot hatch mojo, so fast forward 2…
Sorry America. Here's another hot hatch you don't get, and which is really rather good.
I've spent a few days and driven a good few miles with each of the Vauxhall Astra VXR hot hatch and the Subaru BRZ coupe. It's time for a face-off. It's time for Astra vs BRZ.
Volkswagen have released first details of the new Golf R. Compared to the damp squib that was the Golf R Cabriolet the hatchback Golf R looks set to be worthy of the R designation.
I ran a British spec Vauxhall Astra VXR (also known as the Opel Astra OPC) for a week.
Given the bright green and 5-cylinder engine in the Mk.2 Focus RS, the Mk.1 seems to get overlooked. But not when it's doing this!