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.
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
The DC Shoes marketing machine is now in full swing. The date – July 9th 2012 – has been announced. The location – San Francisco – is known. And the first of many teaser videos has hit the web.
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.
Audi has confirmed the pricing and specification of its third generation Audi RS 4 Avant, which at £54,925 will cost £200 more than BMW’s M3 Coupe, £2,800 less than Mercedes’ C63 AMG Estate and even undercuts Audi’s RS 5 Coupe by £3,800.
When we interviewed Ken Block last December, he was keen to point out that although known for his wild antics on track or stage (Gymkhana, X-Games and WRC), he drives like Miss Daisy on the road.
A Ford Focus? In The Sweeney? Nah, leave it aht! Really? Too right Tinkerbell. I could go on, after all the rhyming slang from the original 1970s TV series is legendary.
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.
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 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.