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Mazda3 MPS gains more visual appeal

There’s little doubt about the 256bhp Mazda3 MPS’ main appeal in a sector awash with super-hatches. At £23,995 the MPS scores well in the value-for-money stakes against the £23,495 246bhp Ford Focus ST – itself something of a bargain, the £26,995 276bhp Vauxhall Astra GTC VXR and the £25,560 207bhp Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Gymkhana FIVE. The Teaser. Part Deux.

Last Friday, more than 300 of Ken Block’s closest friends, family, and VIPs got together at his X Games crib and watched Gymkhana FIVE. In the absence of any pirated copies hitting YouTube (yet), we have to applaud DC Shoes on their choice of attendees

Gymkhana Five launches on July 9th – Full details here..

I gleaned a few hints about Gymkhana Five, when I interviewed Ken Block for our feature – ‘The Accidental Hero’, last December. Block, you’ll remember, is Chief Brand Officer of DC Shoes and the insanely talented driver in each of the four previous Gymkhana videos.

Ford previews the new Focus ST at Paris

So this is the new Ford Focus ST then. The new Ford Focus range will be the star attraction in Ford’s display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30th, and Ford have also chosen to use the event as the world premiere for the exciting flagship of the range, the muscular 246 bhp Focus ST. The all-new Ford Focus ST will be Ford’s first high-performance model developed under its new global Performance Vehicles strategy.

Hot Hatch supertest – new videos

Following our supertest feature ‘Fierce Creatures’, we can now bring you our two-part video of the quickest and most characterful hot hatchbacks on sale today.

Hot hatch Supertest – New Feature

Hot hatches have always been the mainstay of affordable high-performance driving. Chris Harris tests six of the quickest and most characterful examples on road and track.