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.

Not one to be outdone by the number of other Ford Fiesta STs coming to the SEMA Auto Show , perennial attendee 3D Carbon isn’t going to let the event pass without bringing its own program.

Hardly surprising, right?

This year, 3D Carbon’s work on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is all kinds of red, the kind that can’t escape your attention even if you wanted to.

In addition to the splashy red body color of the Fiesta ST, 3D Carbon also spent some time adding a new aerodynamic kit on the sports hatch , installing a whole set of new components that include a front splitter, modified side skirts, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser. A set of 19-inch Pinzette-M Forgiato wheels are also part of the package and they are wrapped in Pirelli race tires.

Inside, there are plenty more modifications, but the only thing that was mentioned is the two-tone leather upholstery. Ford didn’t mention any performance upgrades, but we expect to see at least a few extra ponies squeezed from the 1.6-liter, EcoBoost engine.

Expect more details about 3D Carbon’s program for the 2014 Ford Fiesta to be revealed in the days leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta

Posted on by Simona  

While we are all waiting for the 2014 Golf R to hit the market, the German tuner ALPHA-N Performance decided to offer a few tricks for the current model.

The base Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 270 horsepower. That’s a pretty hefty number for a four-banger, but that’s not the best it can can do.

ALPHA-N Performance updated the Golf R with a new EVOMS sports air filter system and a new, stainless-steel exhaust system that considerably improves the sound of the turbocharged engine. All these changes, combined with a new EVOX systems chip tuning box, jump the total output to 330 horsepower - an increase of 60 horsepower over the base version.

All this power is transferred to the asphalt through all four wheels via the standard DSG gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R by ALPHA-N Performance.

The partnership between Ford Racing, Tanner Foust, and COBB Tuning has been churning along for years now and as part of their collaboration, special-edition models are always an expected treat.

Earlier this year, Foust, Ford Racing and COBB Tuning worked on a special-edition Focus , one that we lauded for its unique exterior detail, new carbon-fiber add ons, a new custom grille, fancy race graphics, a wheel and tire program, an a noticeable performance upgrade.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show , all three are back to working again, only this time, the choice vehicle is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST.

Just like the special-edition Focus from earlier this year, the SEMA-bound Fiesta ST that Foust, COBB Tuning, and Ford Racing worked on is a definite treat to the eyes. The digital camouflage wrap already on this military-inspired Fiesta ST jumps out of the picture.

There’s also a new carbon-fiber hood that matches the overall body makeup of the sports hatch. Racing decals are also prevalent, including the vehicle’s apparent tie-up with the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The model also has an upgraded interior and performance modifications that include, among other things, a cold air intake and a sports exhaust system.

More details, like the performance specs, are expected to be unveiled regarding this COBB Tuning/Tanner Foust-tuned Ford Fiesta ST.

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

A lot of Ford’s SEMA -bound vehicles come with their share of aesthetic and performance upgrades. But you can argue that none come with the kind of visual appeal as the Ford Focus ST that was worked on by Universal Technical Institute.

Thanks to some help from the folks over at Axalta, UTI’s decision to dress up this Focus ST with a vintage Gulf Racing livery speaks to our inner racing enthusiast. There’s something about that recognizable blue and orange livery that just tugs at our strings and its no different then than it is now.

Moving past the Gulf Racing colors, the UTI team also sought the help of Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition to create and design the Focus ST’s exterior look. Once that was taken cared of, the car’s body kit was built by DTM Autobody while the 19-inch deep-concave Forgestar wheels were also added into the car, creating a more track-oriented look that adds more appeal to the sports hatchback’s already impressive looks.

Under the hood of this UTI-tuned Focus ST, an intercooler kit was installed by Vortech Superchargers with Motiv Concepts taking care of the high-flow catalytic converter. Taken together, this Focus ST sees a significant power boost, although the official numbers have yet to be announced.

Either way, this Focus ST is really one for the books. That’s how much love we have for that Gulf Racing livery.

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

Posted on by Simona  

As Ford used us by now, with a few weeks before the 2013 SEMA opens its doors in Las Vegas, the company started to revealed the first details on the models it prepared for the show. One of these vehicles is a pretty cool Fiesta ST tuned by the guys over MRT.

The concept was designed as a stylish street performer updated with aftermarket parts and a pretty aggressive body kit that enhance its sporty reputation. The car is powered by an EcoBoost engine mated to a six-speed transmission and combined with a high-performance exhaust system. However, up to this point we can not tell you for sure the amount of power delivered by this Fiesta ST .

The car sits on 18-inch wheels from Rotiform and features a cool custom paint that combines green, black and some orange stripes.

At the SEMA show Ford also prepared a special Xbox One demo station that will allow visitors to play the Xbox One’s “Forza Motorsport 5,” which goes on November 22nd, but also to virtually test the Fiesta ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Fiesta ST.

Posted on by Simona  
Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

The fact that both the new Mercedes A45 and CLA45 AMG models are enjoying a great success should be no surprise to anyone. After all this is the first time AMG is offering reasonable priced cars and also is the first time an AMG model is offered by an inline-four engine.

In a recent interview with Motoring, Mercedes-Benz AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that the company itself was a little bit surprised by the huge success the two models are enjoying: "For sure when you enter a new segment there is much interest. I was not surprised at the success of the cars... Well, maybe a little surprised... But the feedback from the distributors around the world for the next year [and beyond] – that was very surprising."

As a result, AMG will have to increase production to meet the expectations around the globe. You also have to keep in mind that next year Mercedes plans to introduce the new GLA 45 AMG model that will boost sales even more.

Moers also confirmed that the two models will not receive a Black Series version, because Black Series will be kept exclusive for the two-door models.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA 45 and A 45 AMG.

Source: Motoring
Posted on by TB +  

The Nissan Juke Nismo is a really surprising little machine. After a week with my foot on the floor (in ’normal’ mode), I was vaguely unimpressed with the little truck’s ability to hustle out of its own way. I thought it looked cool and handled well, had great seats and a good image. But... even the coolest car in the world still needs to be fast to get my attention, and yours too I bet.

Silly me. The TopSpeed team is mostly hard at work during the day producing news content, so the amount of miles we put on the press loaners is pretty low overall.

That extra time was exactly what I needed to discover the Juke Nismo’s sport buttons, which allow personalization of numerous parameters between normal, sport and eco.

Most sport buttons in mainstream cars are a waste of time. They might make the engine hold shifts longer, or thump harder over bumps - but generally achieve very little beyond that.

The Nismo sport tune is far from subtle, however. Cars have to generally start up in their ’Normal’ setting so that they can achieve the emissions and economy required by the test and buyers.

Flipping to Juke Nismo to Sport mode opens up a totally different little crossover. One that has front, AWD auto or even a V-mode all-wheel-drive setting to keep traction.

Skinny tires ensure more playfullness than is normal in a compact, and the sport mode also transforms the optional CVT auto of our test car into something much, much more special. It thrums and upshifts like a real sports car, with handling and steering precision on the highway that seems autobahn-ready.

A quick walk-around video of the Juke Nismo highlights some of the reasons I loved this car by the end of our time together. It also shows of an impressive exhaust rumble and all the Nismo-exclusive styling features of this $27,000 pocket rocket.

Click past the jump to see some clips of the Nissan Juke Nismo ahead of the full TopSpeed Driven review in the coming weeks.

Posted on by Tushar  

Czech automaker Skoda Auto arrived at Frankfurt with a whole range of new models ranging from hatchbacks to sedans and even fast, sporty four-door saloons. It was time for the annual Frankfurt auto show and Skoda took this opportunity to unveil to the world a new design direction for future Skoda products. Their line-up also included brand new models that plug-in the gaps in the market. The Skoda Rapid Skoda Rapid Spaceback slots between the Fabia and the Rapid saloon. So let’s focus our attention on this new-comer and see what it has to offer.

Audi RS3

At a first glance, you may think that this is an ordinary Audi S3 , but you would be wrong. According to our spy photographers, they initially caught this car testing on the Nurburgring and it didn’t sound at all like an S3, but more like a hot five-cylinder engine.

Also, the second day they spotted the mule again, and this time they noticed the massive brakes and the larger air intakes in the front bumper — these intakes are non-functional on the S3. This made it crystal clear that this is, in fact, the upcoming 2014 Audi RS3 .

Under the hood, Audi will place the same turbocharged, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine found in the TT RS (where it delivers 340 horsepower) and the TT RS Plus (360 horsepower). Taking into consideration that its biggest competitor — the Mercedes A45 AMG — delivers about 360 horsepower, we expect the RS3 to deliver about the same amount.

The Audi RS3 will debut sometime in 2014 in both three- and five-door configurations.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS3.

Mini Cooper

We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the 2014 Mini Cooper , and we’ve even seen leaked imaged. Heck, we even had Mini officials complaining that leaked images didn’t represent the newly redesigned models properly. Well, Mini is now starting the flow of next-gen information by releasing a very in-depth presser that outlines the chassis, engine and safety updates to the soon-to-be-revealed models.

This press release, which dropped late last night, confirms that the new Mini models will feature three- and four-cylinder powerplants, ranging from a petite 1.5-liter, three-banger up to a 2.0-liter, four-pot that nearly reaches the 200-horsepower mark. Along with these new engines will comes an all-new driveline that will help deliver increase fuel economy across the range.

The chassis will also get some nice refinements that will offer up precision handling and a comfortable ride all at the same time.

Click past the jump to read more about the next-gen Mini technology


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