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Über hatch to the power of three


WE LOVE hot hatches here at Autodealer and for good reason; these vehicles are attainable and offer exploitable performance with a decent amount of practicality. Three new super fast hatches have had us salivating at their prospects of late and we’re in the mood to share.

Volkswagen Golf R Touch

Here we have a vehicle that débuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Show in Las Vegas recently and as it name suggests its enhancements are more infotainment related than performance related in the form of an advanced gesture control.

The R Touch interior concept is a preview of an all-new technology from the German brand. The concept car features a 12.8-inch screen with an eight-inch Control Centre below it to control the system. The gesture control system uses a camera and sensors to detect hand movements in the cabin to provide you with control over the various functions. For example, a hand gesture can be used to adjust seating position and even the stereo volume.

Ford Focus RS

When we heard there would be another Ford Focus RS joining the international performance hatch party we giggled like little girls at the prospect. It is likely going back to four cylinders with the 240kW+ 2.3-litre EcoBoost motor from the Mustang being used in the Focus package too. Another revelation is that it may be four-wheel-drive if the rumours are to be believed.


Audi RS3

Looking to take the fight straight to the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is the new Audi RS3 which retains a heavily reworked version of its previous 2.5-litre five-cylinder motor. It now produces 270kW/465Nm meaning that a five-door hatchback can now go from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and a potential top end of 280km/h.

The RS3‘s impressive motor will be mated to a faster version of the seven-speed S tronic gearbox as well as the obligatory quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.



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