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Mini GP vs Audi A1 quattro vs Focus RS500 vs Megane R26.R
Tiff Needell and Richard Meaden test the new Mini JCW GP on track against the Audi A1 quattro, Ford Focus RS500 and Renault Megane R26.R
Two hardcore hot hatchbacks - the new 215bhp Mini John Cooper Works GP and 253bhp Audi A1 quattro - have just made it to UK shores. Both are the hottest versions yet of their particular breed, and with tiny production runs (2000 GPs will be made and a scant 333 quattros, 19 of them getting British number plates), they'll always be in demand.
They face each other in a track battle, with Tiff Needell and Richard Meaden in charge of laptimes. But could they be outdone by two other extreme hot hatches of recent years, the 227bhp Renaultsport Megane R26.R and monster 345bhp Ford Focus RS500? Both also enjoy cult status and rarity, but which of our fast four proves quickest around Blyton Park circuit?