Rewind by even just a decade and the idea of two performance cars from Korea battling it out on pure merit would certainly be a left field one. Yet we should not really be too surprised that Hyundai and Kia have produced a duo of fast cars that have made the establishment take notice.
From poaching key European designers and engineers, to thousands of miles of arduous testing at the Nurburgring, the two brands have made no secret of their plans to develop impressive hot machinery.
We’ve pitted the Kia Stinger GT-S and Hyundai i30 N against each other, with our comprehensive twin test on one of the most challenging bits of road in the UK. Don’t forget to check out our video, too.
This week has also seen the impressive new Volkswagen Up GTI introduced to its young predecessor, a first drive of the new sensible Citroen C4 Cactus, and a preview of what to see at the 2018 NEC Classic Car and Restoration Show.
As a blast from the past, Vauxhall is restoring the GSi badge to the Corsa. Set to go on sale later this year, expect sporty styling and finance deals to pull in the buyers.
- Although 1 in 3 Vauxhall dealerships may end up closed in the next year.
- Whilst Ford is planning to open showrooms inside Next clothing stores.
- One in three cars sold in Europe during February 2018 was an SUV.
- Cadillac owners in the USA can now stream music via Spotify Premium.
- Suzuki GB has cancelled its advertising deal with ITV’s Ant and Dec.
Twin Test – Kia Stinger GT-S vs Hyundai i30 N
The twisting Zig-Zag Hill was the venue for a battle between the two hottest South Korean cars to date. Which one would emerge victorious from the epic showdown?
Twin Test – Volkswagen Up GTI vs Lupo GTI
It’s taken Volkswagen more than a decade to create a successor to the acclaimed Lupo GTI. Andrew Chapple introduced the newcomer to the previous miniature GTI.
First Drive – 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus
It might have been around for just four years, but the C4 Cactus has been revised with a more adult look. Has it lost the charm of the original in the process though?
Red alert – what you dashboard warning lights mean
With modern cars more complex than ever, the number of warning lights on the dashboard can be overwhelming. This is everything you need to know about them.
A total write-off?
Insurance categories for written-off cars changed in 2017. We have a guide to what the categories mean, and their implications.
Self-driving trial is go
Jaguar Land Rover is set to release a fleet of self-driving cars onto the roads of Milton Keynes, as part of a major public trial.
Retro MR – Barn finds at the 2018 NEC Classic Car & Restoration Show
Can there be many barns left still harbouring undiscovered cars? Given the sheer number on show at the NEC this weekend, the barns must surely all be empty now.
Retro MR – Fast Fords on display at the NEC
Performance Fords are more popular than ever at the moment, which should make the sheer number of them on display at the NEC Classic Car Show no surprise.