TFL Today: Civc Si vs. VW GTI, 186-mph Jag, and new Hyundai Kona spotted?

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Recently revealed as The Stig on Top Gear U.S., TFL’s resident racecar driver Paul Gerrard puts the all-new Honda Civic Si up against a 2016 VW GTI at our mile-high racetrack in a Hot or Not showdown. Here’s how the two hot hatches stack up.

2018 Honda Civic Si 2016 VW GTI
Price (as tested) $24,975 ~$30,000
Engine 1.5-liter, 4 cyl. turbo 2.0-liter, 4-cyl turbo
HP/Torque 205 hp / 192 lb-ft. 220-hp / 258 lb-ft.
Wheels / Rubber  235/40-18 225/40R18
Curb Weight 2,906 lbs. 3,031 lbs.


To see who wins and whether Paul thinks the Civic is Hot or Not, you’ll have to watch the video.

Jaguar’s new 186-mph XJR 575 sedan

2018 Jaguar XJR575
[photo: JLR]
Jaguar announced their latest super sedan via a crazy interview from the backseat with Jaguar SVO director Wayne Burgess conducted as the luxury sedan accelerates to a top speed of 186-mph in 44 seconds. That’s with three people aboard: the driver, the interviewer, and Burgess. And you can watch it here. The 2018 Jaguar XJR 575 is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 575 horsepower and 517 lb-ft. torque. Jaguar claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds. No word on pricing yet, but we can say with confidence that it won’t be cheap.

New Hyundai Kona Spotted? [Spy Shot]

2019 Kia Forte5 spy shot
Is this the new Hyundai Kona? [photo: John Romea]

TFLcar reader John Romea from out in Santa Clarita, California forward his shot of what looks to be the newest iteration of the spritely Hyundai Kona. For a comparison, check out this press shot below:

Take a close look and tell us if you think differently.

Hyundai plans to release the mini-crossover Kona here in the U.S. with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder that pumps out 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque. A turbo 1.6-liter four with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. torque married to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be an option. Hyundai’s offering AWD with either engine in the Kona.