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Mazda3 Sport Black Special Edition

The popular Mazda3 range has been boosted with the launch of the Mazda3 Sport Black special edition. Delivering an appealing blend of increased specification and sporty styling enhancements, the Sport Black arrives in dealerships from the 1st April 2016.

Offered exclusively in hatchback body style, the £20,995 Sport Black is marked out by enhanced styling and unique 18-inch Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels. Designed to complement the dynamic lines and proportions of the Mazda3, the Brilliant Black Sports Styling Kit contrasts perfectly with both the free-of-charge Soul Red Metallic and Snowflake White Pearlescent paint choices.

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The Ford Focus RS is here, and it’s 4WD

Hot hatch sports ‘over 316bhp’ and rather less torque steer. Watch out, Golf R. Watch out EVERYTHING

In 1992, Ford released the Escort RS Cosworth, a turbocharged, four-wheel drive, big-winged hot hatch to scare the pants off pretty much everything on the road.

Fast-forward 23 years, and Ford has just released the Focus RS, a turbocharged, four-wheel drive, big-winged hot hatch to scare the pants off pretty much everything on the road.

Yes, the third-generation Focus RS is here, and yes, Ford’s hottest of hot hatches is four-wheel drive. And powerful.

How powerful? Though we don’t have precise figures yet, Ford puts projected output at ‘over 316bhp’ courtesy of a 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder, with as much as 330bhp possible. The similarly four-wheel drive VW Golf R makes 296bhp, the new Honda Civic Type R ‘over 276bhp’. In fact, in hot hatch world, only the 355bhp Merc A45 and 362bhp Audi RS3 boast greater punching power. [x]