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.

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Mini Cooper

A few days ago, we brought you some spy shots showing thenext-generation Mini Cooper wearing less camouflage than ever. Today, we get a good look at the Cooper S version to start stripping.

Our spy photographers caught the Cooper S testing on the public roads in Germany , and just like with the standard Cooper, it has started showing the front bumper, redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The next Mini Cooper will be built on BMW’s new UKL platform that will also be shared with the next-generation BMW 1 Series and will be offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive versions. For the first time, Mini will offer a new family of three-cylinder engines, along with the usual four-cylinder ones.

The new-generation Mini Cooper will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . For the first time, the Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Mini Cooper.

In recent years, the mark for hyper cars has been 1,000 horsepower, which is completely unreal. Now, to achieve this insane output, mot automakers are strapping multiple-turbocharged V-8, V-10 or V-12 powerplants into their cars. For us normal folk that cannot afford these $1 million-plus cars, we have to perform some creative engineering to reach numbers even reaching the supercar standard of 600 horsepower. And most of the time, that includes a crate-engine swap.

Well, the folks over at Boba Motoring in Germany have a bucked the trend by squeezing an amazing 1,013 horsepower from an Mk I (1974 through 1983) Volkswagen Golf . It didn’t do so by dropping a nasty V-8 into a hacked up engine compartment; rather, it tweaked a 1.8-liter to this insane number. This KR 16-valve 1.8-liter, which was one of the many engines offered in the Mk II Golf, received some heavy mods, including: 144 mm (5.6-inch) long steel con rods; an 86.4 mm (3.40-inch) stroke crankshaft; an 80.98 mm (3.18-inch) bore; an updated intake with eight injectors powered by a KMS MD35 injection-ignition system; an 80 mm (3.15-inch) throttle body; an updated exhaust system; and a Garrett GTX4202R turbocharger that pushes through 4.25 bar (61.6 psi) of pressure.

The engine delivers the power through VW ’s 4Motion driveline and out to all four wheels. Not only is this beast powerful, but the 4Motion system assures a breakneck launch every time.

On top of all of that, Boba Motoring also managed to drop the Mk I Golf’s weight to just 900 kg (1,984 pounds), making this a true pocket rocket.

The light weight, massive power and awesome traction all deliver outlandish performance. This one-time throw-away car now hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2 seconds and 200 km/h (124 mph) in 5 seconds. The 1/4-incle is no contest, as it tears that apart in just about 8 seconds at 240 km/h (149.12 mph).

Click past the jump to see this beast running the dyno and out on its first test since the tune to 1,000 horsepower.

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Mini is expanding its Countryman lineup with the addition of a new ALL4 version based on the standard Cooper version. The new model will be put on sale in July 2013 and will increase the number of all-wheel-drive versions within the Mini model range to 10 models.

The new Countryman ALL4 is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 122 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission and sends its power to all four wheels via a permanent all-wheel-drive system. With this new system, the driver has full control of the car on snow, sand or slippery surfaces, and will also enjoy extra grip on twisty roads.

The Countryman ALL4 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11.9 seconds with a manual transmission or 11.7 seconds with the optional automatic, and will be capable of hitting of 114 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mini Countryman.

The A-Class may not be the hottest model that Mercedes-Benz has to offer, but the German luxury car builder’s resident hatchback is certainly worthy of a few tunes. At least, that’s how RevoZport feels about it.

With this, the folks from RevoZport present to you the RZA-290 kit, which is chock-full of aero components to make your 2013 A200 and A250 with the AMG body kit look even better. Over the course of six months RevoZport designers and builders developed: a front splitter; canards to help direct airflow to the oil cooler and radiator; side skirts to add a little downforce along the side of the hot hatch; and a carbon-fiber hood with vents for lowered weight and optimal cooling.

Around the backside, the tuner added in a revised diffuser with quad exhaust tips peeking out, a 3D under spoiler that is available in red or carbon to add some extra downforce, and a massive GT wing to push the backside even harder toward the tarmac and add a pretty bad-ass look.

No tune worth a hill of beans is complete with a few extra ponies, and RevoZport is not one to disappoint. The tuner added in a piggy-back ECU remap that you can remove, if needed; a carbon-fiber air-intake system; and a full exhaust system that includes a downpipe and high-flow cat made from stainless steel and the rest made from lightweight titanium. This tune is good enough to take the A250 - sorry, the A200 is left out of this part - from its base 211 horsepower to 290 horsepower.

Click past the jump to see more about the RZA-290 kit up close

Source: RevoZport

Ford tuner extraordinaire, Roush Performance, is most known for its programs for the Mustang . But every so often, the tuner takes a turn and works on a different Blue Oval model.

Take for example the Ford Focus ST .

The new program for Ford’s resident sports hatchback is available for 2013 models and beyond. It comes with a plethora of new components that give the Focus ST some pretty impressive aesthetic and performance credentials.

The most impressive thing about this program is that despite what you already see, Roush Performance is still working on other parts for the Focus, including suspension components, powertrain control module (PCM) upgrades, together with wheels and tire combos, and interior and exterior accessories.

For now, what it has already speaks to its impressive work on the pocket rocket of a sports hatchback.

Click past the jump to read more about what Roush Performance did to the Ford Focus ST

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If Mini has no official entry for the 2013 Pikes Peak it does not mean there won’t be any Mini at the famous race. French driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut will enter the race in a Mini "No Limit" Pikes Peak race car.

Last year he completed the race in the Dacia Duster and it looks like this year it decided to give it another try. The car he will use this year it is pretty much identical to the model used last year, but for the 2013 race he opted for a Mini skin.

When compared to the model raced last year, the new Mini "No Limit" received a series of improvements. Dayraut and his team worked on making the car about 176 pounds lights, while the engine delivers a total of 900 horsepower.

The 2013 Pikes Peak is still more than one month away and we are hopping to get full details on this car until then.

Click past the jump for two presentation video of the car.

Source: Autoguide
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Mini Cooper

Its been a while since our spy photographers last caught the next generation Mini Cooper out for some testing session. But it looks like all the waiting will be worth it in the end. Today, the next Cooper was spotted testing again, and as you can see from the spy shots its starting to lose some of its camouflage and showing even more of its skin, including the front bumper, the redesigned headlights, and the new taillight graphics.

The new Mini Cooper will be built on BMW ’s new UKL platform and, for the first time, will be offered with a choice of three-cylinder engines, next to the conventional four-cylinder lineup.

Rumors suggest that the new generation Cooper will be offered in ten different body versions, with the base version to be revealed in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.

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It looks like this past few weeks have been pretty busy around Renault’s design center. First, that strange-looking 2013 Twizy F1 Concept was unveiled at the end of April and today, at the 71st Monaco Grand Prix, the French company unveiled the Twin’Run - a concept that pays tribute to legendary R5 Turbo and Clio V6.

The concept made its first run at the Monaco Grand Prix with Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer, at the wheel. Alongside it was a Clio V6 with F1 star Charles Pic at the wheel and a Maxi 5 Turbo driven by Jean Ragnotti.

While there is no chance for the Twin’Run to enter production, Renault did confirm that it previews the styling of the company’s future city car.

The unveiling of the new Twin’Run concept will be followed by a series of other dynamic demonstrations at various auto-centric events, like July’s Goodwood Festival of Speed .

Updated 05/24/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 05/27/2013: Renault unveiled a new video explaining the philosophy behind the new Twin-Run Concept. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Twin’Run Concept.

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After taking care of the standard seventh-gen Golf and the GTI version , German tuner, ABT Sportsline, decided to do the same with the GTD version .

It’s no surprise that the updates offered for the GTD version are nearly identical to the ones offered in the standard version and include updates to the exterior and some extra horses under the hood.

Most of the work was made under the hood where the tuner installed its ABT Power kit that increases the four-cylinder’s output up to a total of 210 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

To give the Golf the look to match the added power, ABT Sportsline also offers an aerodynamic kit and a set of aftermarket wheels. Also, for a better engine sound, the rear pipes were replaced with new ones.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTD by ABT Sportsline.

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In the last episode of Drive’s "Chris Harris on cars," Chris Harris had the opportunity totest-drive the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder. In the newest episode, he decided to go for something a little more timid and got behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST .

Ever since the Fiesta ST was announced, there was a great dispute on which one was the better subcompact pocket rocket: the ST or the Renault Clio RS? So, Harris tries to help you find an answer to this question, as he tested the car on the road and track, and ended up being quite impressed by the petite ST. Of course, the car could use some improvements here and there, but overall, he thinks the ST performs quite well.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 197 Horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque; all rather impressive stats for a subcompact hatch that tips the scales at only 2,720 pounds and sets you back only about 21k.


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