1. The Trophy-R is a track-focused 271bhp front-drive hot hatchback

    Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R

    Can an even sharper focus enhance an already great hot hatch?

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  2. Volkswagen Golf R
    The new Golf R is faster than any production Volkswagen before it

    Volkswagen Golf R

    Does this new engine and platform reform the buttoned-down R?

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  3. This four-cylinder Focus feels lighter at the front than its five-pot predecessor

    Ford Focus ST

    The Ford Focus ST has gained a new four-pot motor, but does it have what it takes to gun for the Golf GTI?

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  4. Seat Leon Cupra
    The new Leon Cupra is offered with a choice of 261bhp or 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines

    Seat Leon Cupra

    New hot hatch promises to outgun its rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf GTI

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  5. Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG
    The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG features a 355bhp turbocharged engine

    Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

    AMG pops its hatchback cherry in singular, inimitable fashion

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