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  1. Lynk & Co. 03 Sedan. - 4 cyl @ 528bhp! The 528-hp Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 20,143 seconds, averaging 170,4 km/h, with Thed Björk, the 2017 World Champion of touring car racing, behind the wheel, becoming the fastest ever road legal four-door and front wheel-driven car in the world. Lynk Co 03 Cyan Concept Cyan Racing, formerly named Polestar, has completed a comprehensive development programme of the 528-hp Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept on the roads of Spain, escaping the long winter of Sweden. "This car is a development platform for future production performance road cars based on Lynk & Co technology," said Henrik Fries, Head of Automotive R&D at Cyan Racing. "We have done this journey before with the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar in combination with our previous motorsport programme with Volvo Cars and Polestar. To build a road car based on the Lynk & Co 03 World Touring Car Cup race car is an exciting and important step forward for our future programmes." The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept is Cyan Racing's interpretation of a race car for the road, utilising the same technology as the Lynk & Co 03 TCR race cars that Cyan Racing will compete with in the 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup. "While this concept might be a bit extreme, we have learned that in order to explore the true characteristics of a car you need to push it to its maximum and that is just what we are doing right now with this car," said Thed Björk, racing and development driver for Cyan Racing. "We strive to find the optimal balance between responsiveness and performance in combination with predictable, balanced and safe behaviour. This is the same base philosophy as when we develop race cars. I love driving this car as much as my race car." The concept road car is equipped with a 528-hp two-litre turbo charged Lynk & Co engine, the same base engine as used in the Lynk & Co 03 production road car. The engine development of Cyan Racing is headed by the same team that have produced engines like the 2017 World Championship-winning 1.6 litre Volvo engine and the award-winning V8 Volvo engine for the Australian V8 Supercars programme of Cyan Racing. "What you aim for when developing a race engine does not differ much from when developing an engine for a performance road car. You do not only want the engine to deliver a lot of power, but also combining the power with a high level of drivability," said Mattias Evensson, head of engine development at Cyan Racing. "Although the Lynk & Co engine in the concept car is relatively small in relation to the power output, its design allows us to achieve both plenty of power and low-rev responsiveness." Next up in the development process of the Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept road car is to join the race team in pre-season testing at the most legendary circuit in the world. The Lynk & Co 03 Cyan Concept Engine 4-cylinder 1969cc Turbo charged Power 528hp at 7800 rpm 504Nm at 4500-7000 rpm Max 8000 rpm Transmission Front-wheel drive 6-speed sequential gearbox Steering wheel paddle shifts 60 ms shift time Multi-plate limited slip differential Performance 0-100 km/h in 4.4 sec 0-200 km/h in 10 sec 100-0 km/h in 30 meters Top speed of 310 km/h Max sideway g-force of 1.5G Wheels 20" bespoke Cyan wheels 285/30R20 front and rear Suspension Öhlins adjustable dampers Brakes Dual circuit hydraulic system 6-piston calipers with 378 mm ventilated discs front 2-piston calipers with 290 mm ventilated discs rear Weight 1287 kg
  2. According to officials from Ford, the new all-wheel drive Focus RS is set to have a 'drift mode'. Yes, you saw that correctly, it has a button that allows you to 'make controlled oversteer manoeuvres' and is one of the three driver modes available, including 'Track' and 'Normal'. Not much else was revealed at Geneva Motor Show where the Focus RS made its global debut, other than it making ' well in excess of 315bhp', which is surprisingly close to the new Honda Civic Type R's 306bhp.
  3. chitchatboy

    More on the Audi S3 Sportback and BMW M135i

    With manufacturers nowadays producing hatches that accelerate as fast as a Porsche 911 (996) Carrera, it seems like we are in the middle of a horsepower battle for hot hatches. Naturally, we took out two of the faster hot hatches in town to see which was better overall. So where is the A 45 AMG we hear you ask? Unfortunately, it was not available to us when we wanted to take it out for the test. For those who have yet to read our review, it can be found here. Meanwhile, here are a couple of unpublished photos that were not in the review... Audi S3 Sportback. The fastest A3 you can buy now till the RS3 comes (if there is going to be one). I personally like the base 1.4 TFSI version a lot, so I was expecting this S3 to be just as polished. Thankfully, it did not disappoint. With quattro channeling 276 horses to all four wheels, it provides plentiful thrust. Anywhere. The standard S-tronic gearbox is quick acting when you are in the mood and smooth enough when trundling through town. Amazingly, BMW's eight-speed automatic is just as good. How about the ride? Slightly more firm than the Beemer. Nothing bad because this means you get tight body control in the twisties. One would also notice the steering weighting up nicely as you wind the lock on. BMW M135i. It has been more than a year since we tested it. In the automotive world, one year is pretty long and even so, I am not sure if I have warmed up to the 1 Series's face. Thankfully, you can actually do a facelift on your own. But let's not harbour on that and focus on what BMWs are known for, the drive. If you thought the Audi was fast, the BMW is even faster. With two more cylinders and one more litre, it shades the S3 in terms of sound and creaminess. Turbo lag is less pronounced than the S3 too. Riding softer than the S3, it soaks up bumps more willingly and I think this will makes the M135i a good compainon on fast NSHW blasts. Fear not, this does not mean that the M135i is not a driver's car. With good weight distribution and power going to the rear only, powerslides are easy to achieve if you are feeling naughty. Quick steering (slightly too heavy in Sport) help to give the car an impression that it is one agile hatch. It really is.
  4. Love your hot hatches? Then you would probably want to watch the new Renault Clio RS 200 EDC being pushed to the limit by professional driver Denis Lian at the Sepang F1 circuit in Malaysia. He clocked a impressive lap time of 2:48:001 which is five seconds adrift of its bigger brother, the Megane RS250. Even though the lap looks pretty undramatic, its usually the boring laps that provides the best lap times. And of course, Sepang is a wide track so things do look milder than it should. What I did observe though are the gear changes, which look fast enough for a dual-clutch. Wonder why some of the overseas reviewers complain of a slow responding EDC gearbox... Hopefully we will get the car here soon to try it out for ourselves! Meanwhile, enjoy the video... http://dai.ly/x1kx2is_renault-clio-rs-200-edc-track-drive-with-denis-lian-part-1-2-track-version_auto
  5. We have seen the new MINI Cooper on various media platforms. And now MINI has presented the Cooper S in a short film - to let viewers catch a glimpse of what the real deal is about. The new car's styling is more evolution than revolution, with the hatch taking on conventional proportions which makes it instantly recognisable as the motoring icon. Despite retaining the classic MINI design, the new car has grown - 98mm longer, 44mm wider and 7mm taller than its predecessor. The wheelbase has also been extended by 28mm - with wider tracks at the front and rear. These changes should give it the dynamic handling characteristics which the hatch is known for. In the aim of better functionality, the new MINI has 'lost' the iconic central speedometer. Electric window switches are also moved to the door cards for 'better ease of operation'. Looks like MINI is all out to tackle the mass market here. Now jump to the video below to catch the Cooper S - and listen to the sweet exhaust noise from the hot hatch. http://dai.ly/x1gtvke
  6. Japan automaker Honda is keen to extend its street racing heritage by showcasing the latest Civic Type R. Albeit in concept form, the car looks all ready for production - and we won't be surprised if it does. Rumour has it that the new Civic Type R will get a 2.0-litre force-fed engine churning out figures north of 280 horses. And if this is true, it will be the first turbocharged Honda Type R. Other than the spolier tail lights, we expect much of the features on this concept to head on to production. More details will only come in when the car is unveiled in full glory at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Meanwhile, we have these trio of pictures to drool on.
  7. Deeq

    VW planning hot, plug-in Golf GTE

    Plug-in hybrids are gaining in popularity, with Ford, Toyota and Honda all offering vehicles fitted with the unique powertrains. But while cars like the Fusion Energi, Prius Plug-In and Accord Plug-In boast excellent economy numbers as they match the best assets of electric vehicles with traditional hybrids, they lack the zest and fun that some drivers crave. According to rumors from the UK, though, a fun plug-in could be on the horizon. Hoping to capitalize on the performance reputation of the GTI, Volkswagen is reportedly developing a car called the Golf GTE. Power would come from the same powertrain slated for the Audi A3 E-Tron, a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 148 horsepower. Mated to that is a 107-horsepower electric motor, which draws power from an 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. A 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission would shift 204 total system horsepower to the front wheels, which will allow the GTE to hit 62 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph. Outside of the unique powertrain, we'd expect the GTE to follow the same formula used for the diesel-powered Golf GTD - that means GTI-sourced bits for the suspension and brakes, as well as sportier interior and exterior treatments. It is unclear if this model will make it to Singapore market, but even if it does, we can only expect this model somewhere in late 2015.
  8. Honda has showcased the latest Civic Type R development car at its in-house test track in Tochigi, Japan. The Civic Type R will be the first model in Europe to have one of Honda’s all new VTEC TURBO engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range. This 2.0-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo engine is expected to have class-leading output in excess of 300bhp and will be EURO 6 compliant. It is also believed to produce more than 400Nm of torque through its front wheels. Adaptive dampers will allow the car to have a decent ride when driven on normal roads and be sufficiently stiff when on track. Considering that the car has a target of being the fastest production hatch around the Nurburging, large Brembo brakes will come as standard and 19-inch rims are a must. The currently camouflaged car is being put through its paces as part of an extensive testing process taking place in Europe and Japan, ahead of its much anticipated launch in 2015.
  9. Recently, Mat Watson of Carbuyer U.K. got to review the Peugeot 208 GTI and Ford Fiesta ST on separate occasions. Both hot hatches were launched within two weeks apart. Both cars share more similarities than just their launch dates. The Fiesta ST and 208 GTI are both powered by 1.6-litre turbocharged engines mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The GTI churns out 197bhp with a century sprint timing of 6.7 seconds while the ST produces 200bhp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds. Although the ST is slower, it certainly trashes the GTI in terms of hot hatch looks with its "Aston Martin" grille. And from Mat's expression during both reviews, you can guess which one he prefers. The GTI and ST earned a rating of 4.0/5.0 and 4.8/5.0 respectively at the end of the reviews. Ford Fiesta ST Peugeot 208 GTI
  10. In the recent episode of Autocar UK, reviewer Steve Sutcliffe pits the brand new Renault Clio RS 200 EDC against the Toyota GT 86. The Toyota GT 86 is described by Top Gear as one of the best driving sports cars of the last decade. How will it fare against the French turbocharged hot hatch tuned by Renault Sport? Revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the fourth generation Clio RS is powered by a 1.6-litre DIG TURBO engine lifted from the Nissan Juke and develops 200bhp with 240Nm of torque. It ditches the manual transmission in favor of the EDC (Efficient Double Clutch) dual-clutch transmission developed by Renault Sport engineers. The Century sprint is completed in 6.7 seconds. On the other corner, we have the rear-wheel drive Toyota GT 86 fitted with the world's first direct-injected, 2.0-litre Boxer engine. The 200bhp, 205Nm coupe sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds when mated with a manual transmission. Read on to find out which model will come out on top!
  11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oapP8qzehI In a recent episode of Head to Head, Carlos Lago pits the Ford Focus ST against its arch rival, the VW Golf R. Not only that, the Focus ST has to face off against the Subaru BRZ subsequently, a situation which I will explain later on. Hence, the Focus ST is in a situation similar to a participant in WWE's 'King of The Ring' tournament. Can the hottest version of the Focus take the heat? Both the Golf R and Focus ST are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged power plant. The models in the test are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. Even their horse power ratings are quite close to each other - 256bhp for the German and 252bhp for the American. However, the Golf R has an AWD configuration while the Focus ST sends the power to the front wheels. As the stability control in the US Golf R cannot be turned off, it was replaced with the Subaru BRZ during the race track portion of the evaluation. This part of the test is conducted by Randy Pobst, a professional race car driver. He commented that the BRZ has probably the best balanced handling on the whole market right now. Tough luck for the Focus ST it may seem. Tighten your seat belts and watch the video to find out!
  12. SYF77

    2013 Kia Pro_cee'd GT teased

    [extract] Kia has released a teaser sketch of the Kia Pro_cee'd GT, a high performance variant of the 2013 Pro_cee'd hatchback which will arrive in European showrooms in the second half of 2013. Although the illustration shows a coupe body style, five-door hatchback and estate versions are reported to be in kia
  13. Nowadays, when we mention the term pocket rocket (with regards to automobiles) the first car or cars that comes to our minds are models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 207 GTI and the Mini Cooper JCWs. The Japanese have their hot hatches too, for example the Suzuki Swift Sport. These are the examples of today
  14. FaezClutchless

    Renault preparing a new Clio Williams?

    The rumour mill has been churning out news of Renault preparing a new Clio Williams. Ever since Renault signed a new contract with the Williams Formula One team to supply them with engines, many hoped that the French automaker would release a new version of the ever popular hot hatch. The original Renault Clio Williams was released in 1993 and it was said that the car was launched to celebrate Nigel Mansell
  15. SYF77

    MK 7 Golf GTI Design Study revealed

    When I saw the picture above, I thought I was looking at the Mk6 Golf GTI. It is even wearing the same "Detroit" rims borrowed from the Mk6 GTI. But on further reading, I realized that I was actually looking at the design study of the 2013 MK7 Golf GTI. Although this is a concept car, it looked very production ready with all the GTI themes such as the tartan cloth upholstery and flat-bottomed steering wheel. Like all Mk7 Golfs, the GTI rides on VW's all-new MQB platform. The most important detail is what lies under the hood of the latest VW hot hatch. It will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injected unit that pumps out 217bhp and 350Nm of torque, which is the same as the MK6 Golf R. With such tremendous twisting force, the latest iteration of the GTI sprints from 0 to 100km/h is 6.6 sec before reaching a top speed of 246 km/h. Buyers will be able to choose between a standard manual gearbox and the famed DSG dual-clutch transmission. For the first time ever, VW will offer a performance pack for the Golf GTI. However, power is only increased by a mere 10bhp with century sprint reduced by a negligible 0.1 second. The performance pack also comes with a differential lock that reduces understeer as well as bigger front brake discs. The 2013 Golf GTI is differentiated from the standard version by the twin red stripe at the front grille, red brake calipers, smoked LED tail lights and 80 mm chromed tailpipes. If I am an existing Mk6 Golf GTI owner, I will be quite happy that my ride will not look outdated as compared to its successor.
  16. FaezClutchless

    Mercedes Benz confirms an A-Class AMG

    [extract] With the recent launch of the next generation Mercedes Benz A-Class (pictured above), Mercedes Benz is serious in getting into the luxury hatchback market segment and the German automaker
  17. The Hyundai Veloster (pictured above) has just been released recently and it is one fine looking hatchback. And for those who craves for more power, there is a turbo version (pictured below). There are rumours going around that Hyundai is working on a more powerful version of the Veloster and it would put the car in the hot hatch category with the likes of the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo shares many parts with the normal Veloster model (for example, same suspension set-up) and some believed that Hyundai has left the Veloster Turbo in this manner to make way for more improvements. The Veloster Turbo currently delivers around 186bhp with roughly 265Nm of torque. Pretty good from a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. If these rumours are to be true, we should expect an upgrade in suspension set-up, preferably with mechanically adjustable dampeners and independent rear suspension instead of the current V-beam rear set-up. A lower ride would make sense if the car is going to get more power. As for the engine, I am not really sure if more power could be extracted out from the current 1.6-litre turbocharged engine. One option is to feature the 2.0-litre engine from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe which is able to deliver around 274bhp and with 373Nm of torque (with premium unleaded fuel). But it is not known if this option would be financially feasible for the company. Maybe it is still possible to extract a bit more power from the current 1.6-litre powerplant. The Veloster Turbo has just reached our shores and I feel that this is the type of car local consumers would like to take a much closer look at; reasonable engine displacement size with a rather powerful engine. And a more powerful version could probably take on the continental hatchbacks that has dominated the hot hatch segment for many years. Photo credit: Net Car Show
  18. FaezClutchless

    Next Volkswagen Golf GTI may get more power

    [extract] Every time Volkswagen releases a new Golf GTI model, it gets more powerful and faster. The current Golf GTI makes around 210bhp and with 280Nm of torque. Pretty powerful for a hatchback but there are other more powerful alternatives if someone
  19. FaezClutchless

    Peugeot 208 GTi to go into production

    [extract] In March this year, Peugeot showcased a concept version of the 208 GTI at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was heavily inspired by the legendary 205 GTi of the 1980s and early 1990s. After receiving some positive reactions towards it, Peugeot has decided to give the 208 GTi the go-ahead for production. The production version of the car will be shown off at the Paris Motor Show this year in September. Power will come from Peugeot S.A.
  20. FaezClutchless


    The hot hatch segment has grew rapidly over the last few years and today, these cars are able to deliver performance that was not imaginable in the small hatch segment roughly ten years ago. The performance of larger sized hot hatches are moving towards the sports car category and the space left behind are being taken up by a new generation of performance orientated subcompacts. And Ford has presented the all new 2013 Ford Fiesta ST as part of this new generation. Ford has released pictures of a production ready version of the 2013 Ford Fiesta which the company will unveil during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It is confirmed that the car will be launched first in the European market by 2013. The previous Fiesta ST was last offered in 2008 and fans of the car were clamouring for a new model ever since. Ford didn
  21. Rigval

    An Audi RS3....Finally!

    The Audi RS3 Sportback has been unveiled. Ever since the inception of the current Audi S3 I've always been hoping that Audi would launch an RS version of that car and that moment has happened. Although I somehow feel that this would be like the shortlived B7 RS4, a fabulous sports saloon that only arrived when the B7 was in its final two (or so) years of production. Based on a modified VW Golf GTI platform (not the current one as the A3 was launched waaayyyyyy back in 2003), the 1,575kg RS3 Sportback gets the Audi TT-RS' 2.5liter 5 cylinder turbocharged engine. In this RS3 form the engine pumps out 335bhp and 450Nm of torque. It gets a quattro (although not one based on the A4's longitudinally based engine but a Haldex type system like in the Golf GTI and Audi TT) All-wheel Drive system and uses a 7 speed S-tronic (Dual Clutch) system. Top speed is limited to 250km/h and it does 0-100km/h in 4.6seconds. It also gets 9.1ltrs/100km. Pretty good for a very,very hot hatch. The All-wheel Drive system is assisted in the handling department by McPherson struts up front and a multi-link suspension setup at the rear. Most of the suspension parts are made out of lightweight aluminium parts to lower unsprung weight which is usually key to a well behaved suspension. Aside from that, the RS3 stops on larger diameter ventilated disks measuring 370mm front and 310mm rear which somehow require 19inch alloy wheels. The exterior mods that Audi have done to differentiate it from the regular A3 and the S3 is a redesigned front end which sports a more aggressive grille, side skirts, aluminium trimming, a dual tailpipe exhaust system and the norm on RS models
  22. When it comes to the French, design is of utmost importance. This is evident in the Citroen C4 because it just looks like no other car in its class. It even has racing pedigree in the form of Sebastian Loeb who pilots this model in the WRC so this car is cool as well. So its no real surprise that the C4 is becoming increasingly popular here in Singapore and though it is still a little underrated by the public. Approaching from afar, the car looks handsome with its uninterrupted curves and the tasteful 16-inch alloys which come as standard with the car. Look a little closer and you will notice the fine detail that has been paid towards the styling of the car as a whole, it looks as if the designers were the kind who would commit suicide if anything went wrong, thus the flawless appearance. And it gets even better inside. The cabin is airy and if you are willing to pay an additional $3000, you get the delightful panoramic glass roof which brightens up the interior beautifully. Furthermore, the dials feel important when pushed and not flimsy like an old hat, the dash is full of surprises, the biggest one being the steering wheel which doesn't seem to turn at all. Weird, but then you realize that its because of Citroen's clever Multi-functional fixed-centred controls steering wheel which is like a universal remote control. It has everything on it from a speed limiter to cruise control, air-conditioning controls to radio adjustments, it handles it all. All these buttons make you feel like you are controlling your Playstation rather than your car. Cabin space is above average with ample space for adults in the rear and the seats are comfortable too. So far it seems like there can't be much to complain about. Or is there? The dials have all be relocated to the centre console which can be a bit distracting when driving and the LCD display for the trip computer is a tad to small at times especially the cute icons to represent what i would interpret to be a human. And that big speedo in the middle just tells the whole world if you're speeding or not, making the job for the police easier. It all seems a bit confusing as the fuel consumption and other safety indicators are spread out in two different locations though they are one above the other, they still need some time to get used to. The interior is rather 'plasticky' and feels rather loosely put together and the rear magazine holder panel even moves! It somehow decided that it needs a break from being well fitted and clinically tight like an Audi. Moreover, the engine is rather loud and not to mention the C4 does not exactly have a wonderful soundtrack. So the cabin is noisy, the interior fittings don't feel like staying put and the dials are rubbish... at first. Once started, the car roars to life, noisy yes but limp, no. The standard 1.6l engine can go from 0-100km/h under 12 seconds. Not too fast but neither is it too slow in our city traffic. The 110bhp engine does well and is not a heavy drinker. The average fuel consumption is around 13.1km/l and that can be improved if one is not heavy footed. The ride is smooth and planted, the suspension absorbs bumps well and won't make you feel like you're in a bouncy castle. And, even in the entry level C41.6 SX VTI you get disc brakes all round which mean better braking power with ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA) as standard, you feel safe in this car. Airbags are plentiful as well, 6 in total making the car a winner with a five star EuroNCAP rating. There's even a Sport button and by pressing that, the gear ratios are adjusted and you get seriously more power than you'd imagine this 1.6l could churn out. Its a tiny monster; tiny, but still ferocious. And that avant garde centre console grows on you. You'd never feel bored in a Citroen. What's more, the Citroen shares 70% of its chassis with Sebastian Loeb's C4 rally car which makes it a solid ride. The stability, comfort and performance of this car have all been merged tastefully making it an ideal car for the typical city driver, yet providing an edge in quality and sheer coolness. This car is not that common... yet. Buying one makes you stand out from the crowd. It shows you are a discerning driver who knows his stuff. French flair has done it right this time, and i think they beat their Japanese rivals hands down in terms of functionality and style. Hopefully, people who read this wont go and buy a Citroen. Then those who do can be special.
  23. CheeJun

    A new VW Golf is on the way

    Volkswagen may have just released the 'new' Golf, but look! This version is set to be the replacement for the current version by 2012, two years sooner than anticipated. And not surprisingly, the styling for the new Golf is evolutionary. There are hints of the Polo's rear lights, just extended and the front looks sharper and a tinge more aggressive. But under that skin is where the new Golf is set to make milestones, a leap that reports have suggested, will equal that of Ford; from the Escort to the Focus in 1998. No more bigger is better. The new Golf will be based on a smaller platform to reduce its kerb weight, and many components have been borrowed from the Polo. Lightweight body panels will be used and small capacity forced induction engines to further reduce fuel consumption. The Golf will combine a already fuel efficient 1.5-litre diesel unit with three compact electric motors, and the plug-in drivetrain can operate on battery power alone below 50km/h for around 48 km. Above that speed, it works in tandem with the oil-burner, and takes over entirely at motorway speeds. The result is a startling 48km/litre