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Having driven the Honda Civic Type R and Renault Megane R.S. 300 Trophy extensively, we can confidently say that these are two of the finest hot hatches currently on sale. However, which is quickest in a straight-line?

To answer that question, Cars.co.za lined up a Civic Type R and Megane R.S. 300 Trophy for a drag race. Unsurprisingly, it is exceptionally close.

First, the stats. Powering the Renault is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine muscling out 296 hp and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. Customers have a choice between a six-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual; the example tested here had the latter.

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By comparison, the Honda features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 306 hp (or 316 hp in European and Japanese guise), as well as 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Like the Megane, it is front-wheel drive, although it is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission

During the race, the driver of the Honda gets a slightly better launch and is able to keep the advantage down the rest of the runway, ultimately crossing the finish line slightly ahead of the Renault.

Of course, the Civic Type R and Megane R.S. Trophy are about much more than straight-line performance and really shine in the corners, as our reviews of the two hot hatches reveal. In the coming weeks, we’ll be jumping behind the wheel of another R.S. Trophy, albeit this time one equipped with the dual-clutch transmission. Be sure to stay tuned to read the full review.

 


Last year, sales of the Tesla Model 3 reached a fever pitch in the Netherlands and Norway. Fast forward 12 months and sales have taken a nosedive, while the VW ID.3 takes over as the latest must-have EV.

In September 2019, Tesla sold 5,768 Model 3s in the Netherlands, making it the best-selling car in the country for that month. Monthly sales also reached into the thousands in Norway last year, but new registration data for the two countries has revealed that, in October 2020, just 35 Tesla Model 3s were sold in the Netherlands and 74 in Norway.

By comparison, a grand total of 2,789 VW ID.3s found new homes in the Netherlands in October while 2,475 were sold in Norway. In Norway, that made the ID.3 easily the best-selling car, beating the Toyota RAV4 that secured 706 sales in October.

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As noted by Forbes, Model 3 sales have dwindled even further in the first half of November, with only 2 examples sold in the Netherlands and 5 units registered in Norway, compared to 717 and 560 ID.3s respectively.

Tesla has managed to sell a total of 3,271 Model 3s in Norway so far this year. While that’s more than some other EVs, like the Renault Zoe (2,140 units), the Mercedes-Benz EQC (2,755) and the BMW i3 (2,257), it trails the ID.3 (4,465) that’s only been on sale for a few months and the Audi e-tron that’s registered an impressive 8,203 sales. In 2019, a total of 13,980 Model 3s were sold in Norway.

The ID.3 could be considered as the first bonafide rival to the Model 3 from a legacy automaker and it shows that, while VW is a little late to the party, Tesla is finally facing some stiff competition.

Norway vehicle registration data via ‘Information Council for the Road Traffic’ (OFV)

Skoda’s all-new Octavia RS, or vRS as it’s called in Great Britain, is now available to UK police fleets.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder good for 242 HP (245 PS), with everything going to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. As a result, the new Octavia RS needs 6.7 seconds to go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h).

The police conversion adds powerful LED signal lights built into the front screen, grille, tailgate and number plate, as well as a three-tone siren.

Related: Skoda Prices New 242 HP Octavia vRS 2.0 TSI From £31,495 In The UK

Officers will also benefit from heated front seats and a new multifunction three spoke leather sports steering wheel with DSG paddles and chrome knurled wheels. Skoda’s team of specialists can also further modify the car to meet the exact requirements of individual police services and units.

Examples include the integration of ANPR cameras used to combat anti-social driving and identify uninsured drivers within the vehicle and the addition of air-conditioned dog kennels for specialist dog handling teams.

As the flagship variant of the Octavia range, the RS also comes with a wide range of tech and connectivity systems, such as a 10-inch central display, Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, full LED Matrix headlights with adaptive front light system (AFS), wireless smartphone integration, Adaptive Cruise Control, and front and rear parking sensors with Maneuver Assist.

While the version currently available to the authorities is the 2.0 TSI 242 HP DSG spec, this is just the first model in a range of Octavia RS variants set to debut in the coming months. We also expect a manual version of the 2.0 TSI, a 2.0 TDI diesel DSG with 197 HP and the option of four wheel drive, as well as the brand’s first electrified RS model, the Octavia RS iV DSG.

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