hatchback

hatchback

  A hatchback is a type of automobile design, consisting of a passenger cabin which includes an integrated cargo space, accessed from behind by a hatch or flip-up window. Hatchbacks are also often called three-doors (two entry doors and the hatch) or five-doors (four entry doors and the hatch) cars.

You would think that the Audi S3 , the company’s performance-oriented version of the A3, already has enough power under its hood to satisfy some customers.

While that may be true for some, others would want some extra juice, or in this case 70 horsepower’s worth.

That’s where ABT Sportsline comes into the picture. The German tuning firm has become one of the foremost Audi tuners in the world, and its latest take on the S3 just goes to show that the possibilities are endless if you know what you’re doing.

There aren’t a lot of aerodynamic changes done to the S3, as far as this program is concerned, but there’s always room for improvement on the performance front. ABT did so by installing its own ECU unit, jumping the power of the S3 Coupe to an impressive 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s a serious improvement from the standard 300-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque output of the standard S3 Coupe.

With this, ABT slashed five-tenths of a second off of the S3’s 0-to-60 mph time, now hitting it at 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 165 mph.

With all the attention paid on the engine upgrade, it’s important to note that ABT also offering a new set of wheels for the S3 , with sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches, as well as new fender inserts that ABT says underscores the car’s dynamic character.

With ABT, who are we to disagree.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3 Coupe by ABT Sportsline

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You may recall the Golf VI GTI Razor 6 that RevoZport revealed to the world back in 2010? As its name suggests it was based on the Golf GTI VI , and it was all about bumping the engine’s total output.

With Volkswagen revealing the seventh-generation Golf GTI , RevoZport came with a new tuning kit, this time called of course Razor 7.

For the first time, the GTI is offered with two different level of power. As standard, the GTI’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine delivers either 220, but you can bump that to 230 horsepower with the Performance model. We think that even VW can admit that those numbers aren’t necessarily overwhelming.

This is where RevoZport comes into focus. It updated the turbocharged engine with an ECU remap, a new induction system and a titanium exhaust that weight just 22 pounds — 50 percent less than the stock version. This increases the 2.0-liter engine’s total output to 290 horsepower, which is much better suited for a hot hatchback like the GTI.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTI Razor 7 by RevoZport.

It goes without saying that Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has taken on a life of its own. It’s already on its sixth installment and every year, it seems that the stunts are getting crazier and crazier.

For "Gymkhana 6: The Ultimate Grid Obstacle Course," we’re treated to Ken Block laying waste to one of the most incredible man-made obstacle courses we’ve ever seen. It also features a pretty randy Ford Fiesta ST RX43 racer — a car that we haven’t seen a whole lot of — take on a slew of items, ranging from excavators, customized trailers, cops riding on Segways and even a pair of Lamborghini Aventadors . The latter two, we surmise, were made possible by Block’s recent tie-up with Need for Speed.

We’re not going to spend a whole time gushing about Gymkhana 6. Instead, we’ll leave it up to Block to show you why the Gymkhana series has become one of the most must-watch spectacles in stunt drifting. So crank up those speakers and enjoy...

Click past the jump to watch the first five Gymkhana videos

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After a very short tease, Honda unveiled the new FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show . The concept hints at futuristic and aerodynamic design of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for release in 2015 in the U.S and Japan, with a European release to follow later.

As you can see the concept features an ultra-aerodynamic body and a design language that takes the current FCX one step forward. It offers interior room for five passengers and will be powered by a new powertrain.

According to Honda, when the production version will arrive in 2015, it will be the first vehicle in the world to feature a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. This new powertrain will deliver a 60% increase in power density - up to 3kW/L and will ensure a driving range of more than 300 miles of with a quick refueling time of about three minutes.

Updated 11/21/2013: The new Honda FCEV Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the occasion we’ve updated this review with the official details, images and a promo video.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Honda FCX Clarity.

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Except of course the MPS and Mazdaspeed versions, the Mazda3 is not an overly exciting car, but for the 2013 SEMA Show the model was completely transform, so it now reveals the unbelievable sporty character of the hatchback.

The new Club Sport 3 Concept features a Mazda Design-exclusive Slate White exterior finish combined with a very cool Club Sport paint scheme. This paint scheme includes Metallic Silver lines and Glossy Light Gray and matte Black Mica patterns and some Vibrant Red vinyl across the lines.

Under its hood, the Club Sport 3 concept gets a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from the CX-5 SUV with 20-percent shorter gear ratios.

In order to be worthy of its Club Sport name, the concept was equipped with a Wavetrac helical limited-slip differential for additional torque and a CUSCO coil-over kit. Keeping this hot hatch glued to the road is a set of Rays 57 Motorsport G07FXX 20-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires, measuring 235/35R19. Doing the stopping is a set of Brembo two-piece rotors, measuring 380-by-32 mm squeezed by six-pot calipers. Lastly, a Racing Beat performance exhaust helps improves the engine’s sound.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda Club Sport 3 Concept.

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BMW i3

The biggest highlight of this year’s Frankfurt motor show has to be the BMW i range, including the production i8 hybrid-electric sports car. If you look at the BMW i range, the Bavarians have taken a giant leap when it comes to putting together sustainable-energy motoring.

Until now, the Toyota Prius has managed to stand the test of time, although of late, sales have been slow despite it being Hollywood certified. Unlike the Prius, the BMW i BMW i 3 is an all-electric hatchback, which means prospective owners would have to live with the anxiety of running out of juice at the wrong time. Hence, critics would choose to disregard the i3 much like any other purely electric automobile.

Now, the U.S. market will see the BMW i3 go on sale in the latter half of 2014, but it hits showrooms next month on the other side of the Atlantic. That said, BMW is taking advance orders for the car, and you will be surprised to know, much like BMW themselves, that more folks are showing interest in the i3 than initially thought.

BMW Europe already has 8,000 pre-orders for the BMW i3, which is way beyond what the company had expected. In fact, BMW is now pondering a further increase in investment to boost production if demand for the car persists. This was confirmed by BMW’s chief financial officer during a press conference.

Are we witnessing a paradigm shift in the way we perceive electric mobility? Well, it is difficult to confirm but the BMW i range has certainly caught the attention of the people. BMW has made huge investments into this project, as some estimates claim that BMW has pumped as much as $2.7 billion into the i range. Even with this massive investment, BMW is set to make a profit on each car sold.

The morale is certainly high at BMW and riding on the success, the company has already trademarked i1 through i9. Quite obviously, the i1 would be the smallest of the i-range and the most affordable. We suspect that the i9 may be a higher-performance version of the i8 , although BMW does not wish to make an M Performance version of the i8.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW i3

Back in May, we told you about Alfa Romeo building six special-edition 2013 Giulietta sedans to commemorate Alfa’s staring role in the Hollywood blockbuster, Fast & Furious 6. Well, Alfa Romeo, in collaboration with MTV, has given the first one away.

Lucky contestant Lisa Clyma of Hampshire correctly identified the movie scene that featured the Alfa Giulietta. Now she’s taking the Competizione Red sedan home.

The six special-edition cars feature Alfa’s 1.4-liter, 170-horsepower, MultiAir engine; sport suspension; 18-inch dark-titanium alloy wheels; a commemorative FF6 plaque; and most importantly, a dashboard featuring signatures from the star-studded cast, including Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Other modifications include red Brembo brake calipers, side skirts, a rear spoiler, full-leather sport seats, aluminum sports pedals and Alfa’s signature D.N.A driving mode selector. The Giulietta is capable of hitting 62 mph in 7.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 135 mph.

We’re sure the other five Giuliettas are spoken for with an asking price of only £25,675 ($41,249 at current exchange rates), with a normal Giulietta starting around £19,000 (about $30,500). That sort of markup doesn’t seem too bad considering the extremely limited numbers produced, the special equipment included, and the signed dashboard.

Click past the jump for more on the 2013 Alfa Romeo Giulietta

A lot of companies are bracing for what should be a busy time at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Certain companies are preparing to head to Las Vegas with an armada of concepts and project cars but Mazda is keeping things to a minimum, opting only to send four concepts to the show: two of the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback and another two for the 2014 Mazda6 .

No specific details were given on any of the four concepts, but the images released by Mazda do point to relatively restrained projects compared to what we’ve been seeing from other companies in the past couple of weeks.

The two Mazda3s are designed more aggressively than the Mazda6 counterparts, including one that carries some nice decals and custom graphics that complements the new aerodynamic body it fitted into the vehicle. There appears to be a front splitter, revised side skirts, a new set of black alloy wheels, and high-performance brakes.

Meanwhile, the two Mazda6 models are a little more subdued than their 3 counterparts, including one that looks like it only received a two-tone "pinstripes" paint finish and a new set of wheels. The other one looks a lot more like what we’d expect out of a SEMA-bound model. It also has an aero kit to go with a sleek gray finish, and red and black accents. Black alloy wheels were also added, as were red brake calipers, which were made more noticeable by the "dark" appeal of the sedan.

Fortunately, all our speculations will be put on to rest once SEMA rolls around. For now, though, enjoy these photos Mazda released for us.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback

Source: Mazda

The SEMA Auto Show wouldn’t be complete without Bojix Design in the mix. The aftermarket company has, time and again, strutted its wares at the annual auto show in Las Vegas, and this year won’t be any different.

Yes, fellas, Bojix Design is coming back to SEMA with a new take on the Ford Fiesta ST. We’re saying ’new’ because Bojix seemingly makes it an annual ritual to bring a Ford to SEMA. Remember last year’s Focus project? We certainly do.

This year, the 2014 Fiesta is the subject and true to form, it has the kind of aggressive appearance that Bojix Design hangs its hat on. A comprehensive aerodynamic kit is part of the program, as you can probably see with the large front fenders, as well as the equally large wheel arches and side sills. A custom grey BASF paintjob is also part of the program, complemented nicely by black racing stripes with orange trims that you can also see on the mirror caps and the side doors of the Fiesta.

According to Ford, the project also comes with a coilover suspension, a cat-back exhaust system and a Banks Straight-Shot water-methanol injection system. No details have been given regarding the performance upgrade, but don’t be surprised if it packs the kind of output — 250 horsepower — last year’s Fiesta ST program had under its hood.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

Chevrolet has just released word on several new vehicles for the world-famous SEMA show . Among them is this Spark EV Tech Performance concept. Sure it’s an all-electric Spark with no conventional gasoline engine, but don’t let that fool you.

This EV totes 400 pound-feet of tire-shredding torque with beefier axles and aluminum wheels that propel the hatchback from naught to 60 in 7.5 seconds. Even the holy grail of muscle cars - the1969 Camaro SS powered by a 350 cubic-inch, small-block V-8 didn’t produce torque numbers like that.

The Spark also comes with a unique power-delivery algorithm programmed into its computer that enhances acceleration. A custom exterior color and graphics help set the Spark EV apart, and a backlit Chevy ‘bowtie’ on the grille gives it a mean look at night.

Inside the Spark, Chevy added a few basic custom touches, like doorsill plates, floor mats and pedal covers. A military-style, flip-up “activation switch” on the dash adds excitement to starting the EV, and body-color stitching on the shifter boot and steering wheel help liven up the Spark’s interior.

Click past the jump for more info on the Chevrolet Spark EV Concept


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