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Recently revealed as The Stig on Top Gear U.S., TFL’s resident racecar driver Paul Gerrard puts the all-new Honda Civic Si up against a 2016 VW GTI at our mile-high racetrack in a Hot or Not showdown. Here’s how the two hot hatches stack up.
|2018 Honda Civic Si||2016 VW GTI|
|Price (as tested)||$24,975||~$30,000|
|Engine||1.5-liter, 4 cyl. turbo||2.0-liter, 4-cyl turbo|
|HP/Torque||205 hp / 192 lb-ft.||220-hp / 258 lb-ft.|
|Wheels / Rubber||235/40-18||225/40R18|
|Curb Weight||2,906 lbs.||3,031 lbs.|
To see who wins and whether Paul thinks the Civic is Hot or Not, you’ll have to watch the video.
Jaguar’s new 186-mph XJR 575 sedan
Jaguar announced their latest super sedan via a crazy interview from the backseat with Jaguar SVO director Wayne Burgess conducted as the luxury sedan accelerates to a top speed of 186-mph in 44 seconds. That’s with three people aboard: the driver, the interviewer, and Burgess. And you can watch it here. The 2018 Jaguar XJR 575 is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 575 horsepower and 517 lb-ft. torque. Jaguar claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. No word on pricing yet, but we can say with confidence that it won’t be cheap.
New Hyundai Kona Spotted? [Spy Shot]
TFLcar reader John Romea from out in Santa Clarita, California forward his shot of what looks to be the newest iteration of the spritely Hyundai Kona. For a comparison, check out this press shot below:
Take a close look and tell us if you think differently.
Hyundai plans to release the mini-crossover Kona here in the U.S. with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder that pumps out 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque. A turbo 1.6-liter four with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. torque married to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be an option. Hyundai’s offering AWD with either engine in the Kona.