evo Magazine May 2014 - best hot hatchbacks ever

Hot hatch! Five decades of affordable speed - driving the best ever, from mk1 Golf GTI to BMW M135i

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NEWSAn all-new TT heads up Audi’s sports car future, there’s a new Maserati, and someone finally names a car ‘Explosion’. Geneva motor show highlights are here

COLUMNSMeaden’s talking speed limits. We’ve prepped the postie for extra bags of angry letters next month…

LETTERS…speaking of which, moans aplenty sparked by Dickie’s column last month, in which he worried about the youth of today

FIRST DRIVESThe Jaguar F-type Coupe, Tesla Model S, BMW 435d xDrive and Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition are among the cars reviewed this month

GREATEST EVER HOT HATCHESThe hot hatchback is as important to us as the supercar. It’s not merely the accepted entry point into performance car ownership, the genre also contains some true automotive icons. Here, the 15 greatest hatches of the past 40 years three-wheel and lift-off oversteer their way around the evo Triangle in one of our biggest and most fun group tests ever

VW GOLF R v RIVALSIf that isn’t enough hot hatches for you, the new kids on the block – the 297bhp, four-wheel-drive Golf R and Ring-conquering Leon Cupra 280 – tackle the class best from BMW, Renault, Vauxhall and VW EXTREME HATCHESDoesn’t a hot hatch need back seats and a parcel shelf? What the heck… Here’s a battle between three of the most hardcore offerings – Mégane R26.R, Civic Mugen and Mini GP KOENIGSEGG ONE:1Meet the world’s first ‘megacar’ – the 1000kW (or 1341bhp) Swede with a smörgåsbord of tech

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LAMBORGHINI HURACÁNAfter ten years in production, the Gallardo accounted for very nearly half of all Lamborghinis ever built. Needless to say, its Huracán successor has some pretty big suede driving moccasins to fill…

LAMBO BAMBINOSA potted history of baby Lamborghinis, from Urraco through to Gallardo

EAGLE E-TYPE LOW DRAG GTThe most beautiful car ever to appear in evo magazine? LONG-TERM TESTSThe most hard-worked car on our fleet – the group test veteran Mini GP – finally torque-steers into the sunset. Cue a sombre office

EVO KNOWLEDGEPromised yourself a new sports car just in time for the summer? Go hardcore – get a Vauxhall VX220

ART OF SPEEDThe greatest car design flourishes celebrated. This month, the double-bubble roof featured on the Aston Martin V12 Zagato

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