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Paris Motor Show – Hot Hatch Roundup

27 Sep , 2012  

A few saucy new hot hatches have been unveiled at Paris 2012, and here they are!

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Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo Yes for the first time ever, the fast clio has been given a turbo. Out with the old 2 litre engine and in with a freshly developed 1.6 Turbo charged unit.
Main points:

  • 1.6 litre turbocharged engine
  • 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
  • 240 Nm of torque
  • EDC dual clutch transmission
  • Gear changes can be made in just 150 milliseconds
  • Sport chassis – for an optimum balance of sportiness and comfort in everyday motoring
  • Cup chassis – for technical and track day enthusiasts. These customers will enjoy 15 per cent more stiffness relative to the Sport chassis and a ride height lowered by 5 mm
  • 320mm-diameter discs at the front
  • Three mapping modes: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Race’
  •  R-Sound Effect – Choice of engine noise played through speakers
  • F1-style front blade
  • Diffuser and spoiler generate 80 per cent and 20 per cent extra downforce
  •  Unique grille and spoiler, front and rear bumper
  • Wide-set LED daytime running lights
  • Sill extensions
  • 17-inch wheels, with 18- inch rims available as an option
  • Steering wheel flanked by two gearshift paddles

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Golf GTI Concept – VW have shown off a pretty mean and sculpted GTI spec 2013 Golf. Set to go on sale early 2013. Personally i think this is the best looking Golf GTI in a long time!

Main points:

  • 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine
  • 220 PS as standard, but 230ps with a “Performance Pack”
  • 350 Nm of torque and a 0-60 in 6.6 seconds (for the 220ps)
  • 0-60 of 6.5 seconds with the Performance Pack
  • Top speed 155Mph
  • Performance pack includes larger front discs, and front diff lock
  • Stop/Start comes as standard
  • 47.1Mpg with carbon dioxide of 140 g/km
  • 6 speed DSG gearbox is an optional extra
  • Variable ration steering, smaller movements needed when parking etc
  • Red callipers as standard
  • Honeycomb grille with double red stripe
  • Smoked rear LED lights
  • LED number plate lights
  • Tartan sport seats
  • Flat bottom steering wheel
  • GTI “golf ball” gear knob
  • GTI red ambient lighting
  • Twin 80 mm chrome tailpipes

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Honda CR-Z – Not reaaaally a hot hatch, more of a luke warm one. Its not the amazing Mugen CR-Z…..but at least its been given a bit more poke!

Main points:

  • 137PS without compromising fuel economics or emissions
  • New lithium ion battery
  • Plus Sport (S+) boost system.
  • New front bumper and grille
  • New aerodynamic rear diffuser
  • 17″ alloys on the GT version
  • Two new colours: Energetic Yellow and Aurora Violet
  • Updated ECU and valve timing
  • Engine now outputs 121PS upgraded from 141PS
  • Electric motor now outputs 20PS upgraded from 14PS
  • 0-60 is now 9.0 seconds
  • 124 Mph top speed
  • 56.5 MPG and emissions of 116g/km
  • On sale from January 2013

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Owner / Editor of Carwitter - French car fiend, hot hatch lover. Follow @car_witter


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