TopGear On Ice - Subaru WRX STi takes on the Audi RS3

It's not that the Audi and Subaru undermine the traditional hot-hatch idiom - they just stretch it in a different direction. Both still do what these sorts of cars should - add a shot of nitrous fun to every journey - and both do it in their own way (my ego sends its thanks to Subaru, my mother sends hers to Audi). But there's a real feeling of added value here - they will keep you safer. They're a lot better for massive great big skids on ice lakes, too.

(Words: Matt Jones, Photos: Justin Leighton and Lee Brimble)