When it comes to hot hatches, Europe tends to take the cake. And while the Volkswagen Golf GTI has year-in-and-out been a benchmark performer, the minds from Ford and GM like to prove otherwise.
Enter the new Ford Focus ST — available in the United States — with its 247-horsepower EcoBoost engine and 3,150-pound curb weight. And the Vauxhall Astra VXR, a 276-horsepower, and a 3,245 curb weight. The Ford is lighter, the Vauxhall is stronger. But only one got the nod from EVO magazine, and that’s the VXR.
See the sideways action for yourself in the video below.
Hat tip to Vic!