Torque (Singapore) - - CONTENTS -

Hot hatches get me ex­cited, be­cause they’re red-hot run­abouts for blue-col­lar petrol­heads like my­self. My che­quered his­tory of per­sonal hot-hatches has sev­eral fast flags – Italy (one Fiat), Ja­pan (two Hon­das and one Suzuki) and Ger­many (one Volk­swa­gen). When the time comes to re­place my Ger­man go-faster hatch­back, I may have to con­sider the Kore­anGer­man new­comer on the cover of this is­sue – the i30 N (pg 64).

The promis­ing 2-litre pock­etrocket makes this hot-hatch fan­boy feel the need for speed, heart and Seoul. The Hyundai also makes me feel the urge to eat at Chicken Up and down a bot­tle of Hite beer, while lis­ten­ing to catchy K-pop songs and play­ing with a clever Sam­sung smart­phone.

ED­I­TOR DAVID TING davidt@sph.com.sg

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