VW updates its zippy hot hatch with a power bump to 315 hp and 310 lb-ft. of torque. The 8th-gen Golf R can now hit 62 mph in just 4.7 sec, and has a new torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that can distribute power independently to either rear wheel, improving its already stellar cornering abilities.
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The Korean 3-door hot hatch we deserve. With former BMW “M” boss Albert Biermann leading the charge, the Veloster N gets a 2.0L turbo-4 with 275 hp, 260 lb-ft. of torque, high-flow dual exhaust, a 6-speed rev-match manual, sport suspension and brakes, and a limited-slip diff.