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European Car October 2015 Issue Preview

On newsstands now: The Hot Hatch issue, featuring ’16 Mini John Cooper Works first drive, FSWerks’ ’12 Focus ST vs. ’14 Fiesta ST shootout, Mk7 GTI coilover guide, and more

Sep 24, 2015

Preview – DRIVE: ’16 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR
Engineers have taken the Range Rover Sport and given it what BMW would call the M treatment. Or what Mercedes-Benz would call the AMG treatment.

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Preview – DRIVE: ’16 MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS HARDTOP
The Mini John Cooper Works is still a hilariously entertaining drive, thanks to a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that’s seen its power boosted to 231 hp.

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Preview – WATERFEST 2015
As has been tradition for most of its existence, Waterfest once again took over the facilities at Raceway Park for a weekend filled with autocrossing, drag races, car show, and general jackassery with friends in German cars.

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Preview – $28K ROUND OF GOLF
The choice between a 2015 GTI and a 2012 Golf R would cause any enthusiast a month of sleepless nights going back and forth between a newer architecture, engine, and tech compared to the AWD, higher power, and exclusivity of the best Golf Wolfsburg had to offer just a few years ago.

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Preview – 2015 SPORT AUTO HIGH-PERFORMANCE DAYS
Detroit iron crashes the 23rd edition of Germany’s biggest tuner party.

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Preview – FORD FIGHT
We set out with FSWerks’ ’12 Focus ST and ’14 Fiesta ST, traversing city streets, freeways, and eventually on some of our favorite canyon roads, to try and determine which of these hot hatches we’d recommend to our readers.

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Preview – GET OUT AND DRIVE
For Track Night in America, the SCCA wants enthusiasts to stop staring at their cars and start driving them

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Preview – PROJECT GTI
We sourced some H&R Sport Springs and H&R antiroll bars front and rear and brought those down to our friends at AU Tuning in Huntington Beach for an install and alignment.

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Preview – PROJECT MK4 GOLF 1.8T
Selecting a performance clutch, pressure plate and flywheel combination for a street car isn’t simply about clamping force; one also must consider pedal pressure, hub construction and clutch material, along with flywheel material and weight, and many other considerations.

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Preview – GET DOWN – MK7 GTI COILOVER GUIDE
For those who can’t leave well enough alone, here are some suggestions to make your Mk7 – GTI or otherwise – ride, rebound, corner, crouch, inform, and steer exactly as you wish.

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Preview – THROWBACK: VW MK4 GOLF R32
Although the MK4 platform was in its final days by the time the R32 came along, the car restored everyone’s faith in the idea of a VW hot hatch.

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