Driven Web Series is back, powered by the new Petronas Primax 95 with Pro-Drive! In this latest episode, we bring three of the hottest hot hatches on sale in Malaysia head to head to head, all on the tight and twisty Dato’ Sagor Track in Perak.

The star of the show is the new Renault Megane RS 280 Cup, represented here in its glorious six-speed manual form (RM279,888 plus RM8,000 for the Orange Tonic paintjob). Under the hood is a 1.8 litre turbo four making 280 hp and 380 Nm of torque powering the front wheels, with 4Control all-wheel steering in tow.

Honda’s manual-only FK8 Civic Type R is the main challenger here, coming in at a hot RM330,002. That buys you a bewinged Civic with a 2.0 litre turbo motor pushing out 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque. No fancy four-wheel steer here, just a good old track-tuned Type R chassis with adjustable suspension to boot.

Keeping the two honest is the MK7.5 Volkswagen Golf R, here in five-door and seven-speed DSG guise (RM305,562). The venerable EA888 2.0 litre turbo engine offers 290 hp and 380 Nm here, but with a twist – all that goes to all four wheels, with fully-adjustable suspension too.

Which of the three will be crowned our winner? Watch as Hafriz Shah, Harve Singh and Matthew Tong put them to the test – drag race, hot laps included. Enjoy!

GALLERY: Renault Megane RS 280 Cup
GALLERY: FK8 Honda Civic Type R
GALLERY: MK7.5 Volkswagen Golf R