Craziest hot-hatches money can buy.
Petrolheads love Hot-Hatches, partly because it represents what we all secretly want to do, squeeze ever more power into the everyday people carriers we see on our roads. These are some of the finest examples of this fantasy coming to live thanks to some mad engineers getting their way with the accountants…
Alfa Romeo 147 Autodelta GTA 3.7 Supercharged 400bhp
This ‘Mega-Hatch’ is the combination of Italian style and a bit of lunacy and well…more lunacy in the English form. The standard 147 GTA was pretty mad, with it is 3.2 liter V6, but then the London based tuning firm ‘Autodelta’ stepped in thinking, that the 3.2 liters is clearly not enough in a hatch barely bigger than the Renault Clio, so they re-bored it to 3.7 liters and then added a supercharger for a good measure this gave it a nice output of 400 bhp in FWD hatch.
Despite this unholy amount of power for a FWD car the tricked out Diff allowed the ‘weak’ un-supercharged 3.7 version of this car to beat things such as the BMW M3 or Aston Martin DB7GT around the the top gear track in the hands of the Stig.
Renault Clio 3.0 V6
This is usually one of the most popular crazy hot hatches out there, it was designed by Renault for their own racing Series the ‘Clio Cup’, based on the 2nd generation Clio it was completely re-worked for racing purposes. The modifications began quite radically, as the rear bench was thrown out in favour of a 3.0 litre V6 engine, making the V6 clio the only mid-engine rear wheel drive superhatch.
Fiat Stilo 2.4 20 valve schumacher GP
Fiat certainly is not a brand that comes to mind when you think of performance or cars that are ‘mad’ but once upon a time Fiat people from turin look out the window at the Ferrari plant and get jealous. That is when they built stuff like this, a 2.4 litre 5 cylinder hatchback with 170bhp as well as Eibach and Bilstein tweaked suspension.
Well tbf they built it mainly to cash in on the Shumacher name who at that time just won his 5th consecutive World Title in F1, and the 170 horsepower is not really mad at all. But I love it for the name and for the fact that it is a hot Fiat, oh and the sound, the sweet sweet sound of the 5 cylinder playing the song of their people.
BMW M140I 3.0 Turbo
A BMW RWD hatchback is already a quite mad combination for a Hatchback, something thats build for practicality rather than fun, when you add a 3.0 litre straight six and a turbo to the mix you are left with something truly magnificent, and reportedly terrifying to drive in the rain, but oh well that is a small price to pay.
Because what you get is package that will bring a smile to you every time you drive it, as well as keeping your family happy. It can do anything, from embarrassing nearly all other hot-hatches and sports car at the lights or the track, to going on a family getaway trip.
Ferrari FF V12
So this is a bit of a stretch… since this is a shooting-brake but technically a shooting-brake is a type of a hatchback.. and technically correct is the best kind of correct.
With a 3-door configuration and a boot space to rival a Ford Focus, 4 wheel drive and a 6.3 litre V12 with 651bhp this is essentially the ultimate hatchback money can buy. And since we are at the the buying part, it is also a relative bargain, since 2nd hand you can pick these up for under the 100k mark.
Which one would you pick and why is the ferrari ? Let us know in the comments !
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