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Hot Hatches – Old and New

The hot hatch is an iconic paradigm of motoring history, combining looks practically and speed in one affordable package, pocket rockets have been hugely popular since the introduction of the Renault 5 turbo and VW Golf GTi in the earlt 1980’s. This genre of vehicle is still going strong today with new innovations from manufactures that are being lapped up by petrol heads. Of course today’s hot hatches are a far cry from the veritable go-karts of yester-year, safety requirements have changed the shape and increased the weight of the models, but they still retain that feisty, off-the-chain hot hatch demeanor loved by so many.


Nissan Pulsar:
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Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

Nissan Pulsar GTI-R


I think some of the appeal behind the hot hatch lies in the oxymoronic notion of the concept, a small family car designed for pootling around town and picking up the shopping, but with a rev-happy turbo-charged engine, large-diameter alloy wheels and some choice body work modifications. It almost feels kike it shouldn’t be. But it is, and it’s here today, a new have of critically acclaimed models have recently sparked debate about the best hot hatches of all time.

2011 Citroen DS3 R3:
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2011 Citroen DS3 R3

2011 Citroen DS3 R3

2011 Citroen DS3 R3


It is widely accepted that the design boundaries placed on today’s motors have redefined what the hot hatch is about, inevitably making them heavier. This problem is easily solved however, whack a bigger engine in! Renault have done this with the new Clio 200 Cup, a powerful 2 litre unit kicks out almost 200bhp making it one of the quickest hatches over a lap of all time. Citroen have gone mad in the styling stakes with their off-the-wall DS3 giving it distinctive b-pillars and an outlandish colour scheme, Meanwhile the new Skoda Fabia VRS is the first ever hot hatch to feature paddle shift DSG transmission and a whole seven gears!

2010 Renault Clio RS, 1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo, 1979 Renault 5 GT Turbo :
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2010 Renault Clio RS

2010 Renault Clio RS

1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo


1979 Renault 5 GT Turbo

Time will tell if these new comers to the fray will ever be as fondly cherished as the greats, the Clio Williams for example will go down in history as one the most rapid small cars ever to grace these shores, as will underground classics such as the Nissan Pulsar and Toyota Starlet turbo. These cars were a lot lighter however and lacked all the mod-cons. Today’s hot hatches combine performance, exhilaration and practicality providing a great option for the speed demon without the budget for a Ferrari!

Bio

Joe is a SEO copywriter and keen motoring blogger, he doesn’t like all the unnecessary gadgets found in modern cars!

Toyota Starlet turbo

Toyota Starlet turbo

Toyota Starlet turbo


Toyota Starlet GT

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Comments

  1. 2011 Citroen DS3 R3 is a cars which has got all ….its a choice of youth ..
    hope the day is not long when i ill have one.

  2. Very interesting. Informative article. Thanks for share.