Hot Hatchbacks with rear-wheel-drive configuration are just wow things. BMW recently released the news that their production of the F20 1 series is coming to an end. Feeling sad for the rear-wheel-drive hot hatch fan club.
BMW Group of Australia CEO Vikram Pawah said “To celebrate the last six-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive 1 series hot hatch, we are excited to present customers with the BMW M140i Finale Edition”. Yes, the Finale edition you read that right. In the future, we might see the 1 series model with a Four-cylinder engine powering only the front wheels or all four wheels.
So, as this 1 series rear-wheel-drive model will be the part of history. Here are the five best hot Hatchback from the history that takes our heart.
BMW M140i PE
This BMW M140i was so special that it was only limited to 60 models, each costing $71,000. It comes with factory fitted turbocharged 3.0-liter engine which produces 340hp. This engine is very smooth and responsive which takes this hot hatch from 0-100 in just 4.8 sec. M140i PE runs on 19 -inch rims. This hot hatchback comes with a standard proper limited-slip differential to make the most out of its rear-wheel-drive system.
Holden LX Torana A9X
LX Torana is a hot hatch but when it got fitted with an optional A9X pack, it became hotter. The A9X pack added a rear-facing bonnet scoop, rear disc brakes, heavy-duty axles, and a ‘10 blot’ differential. This hot hatch produces power of 215hp and 400Nm with its 5.0-liter V8. It is not much but at that time it was something else.
Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
Talbot first launched the Hot hatchback version of Sunbeam named “Sunbeam Ti”. At the same time, Talbot also introduced Sunbeam Lotus which got a stiffer suspension, a larger anti-roll bar, and a larger transmission tunnel. It also gets a larger 2172cc version of the Lotus 1973 cc ‘907’ engine. Lotus produced 150 hp and 203Nm of torque in a model made for streets and 249hp specially made for racing and rally too.
Renault Clio V6 Renault Sport
This Clio V6 is the Hot hatchback version of its standard version of Clio 172 Cup. It got some major changes from its normal model. Clio V6 has got fitted with 226hp ES9 3.0-liter 60-degree V6. Front-engine, front-wheel drive was changed to mid-engine, rear-wheel drive and due to that weight of more than 300kg was added to it over the Standard Clio 172 Cup.
It gets form 0-100 in claimed time of 6.2 sec which was only 0.5 sec quicker than standard version.
Toyota AE86 got most of its fame, from a movie called ‘Initial D’. This Toyota comes with a 1.6-liter 4A-GE DOHC four-cylinder. This beautiful machine gets 50:50 weight distribution and sublime chassis tuning. Its engine redlines at 7800rpm and also gets a limited-slip differential as an optional kit from the Toyota factory. It is among the highly tunable Japanese cars.
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