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Hot hatch was an informal automotive industry shortened from hot hatchback . coined by the European motoring for a high-performance derivative of a car body consisting of a three- or five-door automobile. However, ‘hot is now commonly and widely accepted as a if still informal term.

The is more popular in Europe. due to the of the hatchback configuration. Within the States . they are commonly sport compacts. however, deviates from the original of the ‘hot hatch’ terminology they do not adhere to the ‘hatchback’ style).

Vehicles of this class are based on family-oriented automobiles. and are with an uprated more internal combustion engine. suspension. and may also include ‘aerodynamic’ body parts. petrol engines. together front-wheel drive. is the most powertrain layout, although hot hatches are also available.

of the hot hatch

The design most considered to have started the hatch’ genre is the 1977 Golf GTI. although consider the first true hot to be the Alfa Romeo Alfasud. others having another of view. The Renault 5 Alpine pre-dated the Golf GTI, launched in 1976.

The original version of the Golf was in mass at this point, and the addition of a performance 1.6 litre fuel engine, sharper handling, and marketing — found the a huge market for small, cars that still had performance. The Golf GTI enjoyed a run of unparalleled success, but by the early car manufacturers worldwide were to market with their own Notable big-sellers in the early were the Peugeot 205 GTI, Escort XR3i. (and Astra GTE in United Kingdom).

By the end of the 1980s, the hot hatch had taken its across Europe. and was pushing other worldwide markets. The heyday of Group B rallying the hot hatch genre to its limits, and numbers of ultra-high performance were manufactured to comply the rally rules (often homologation specials). These vehicles represented a brief, branch of the hot hatch, and included notable vehicles as the Peugeot 205 and MG Metro 6R4.

The hot hatch in North America

the Volkswagen Rabbit (the American version of the Golf) was in GTI form in September 1982 as a model year. sports of family hatchbacks were more than cosmetic of the basic models, typified by wheels and body decals. The of the GTI in the U.S. and Canada quickly led the and Japanese manufacturers to produce worthy of competing with As in Europe, the GTI found several competitors in North America. offered the Escort GT. and its Lincoln-Mercury offered the identical Mercury XR3. Chrysler offered the Dodge Omni GLH in 1985 to (which the Dodge division stood for Goes Like ), and in 1986 to 1987 the intercooled (Goes Like Hell ). Both were prepared and by Carroll Shelby. General offered a few sports version of its hatchbacks, including the Chevrolet Z24. After 1995, the J-chassis Pontiac Sunfire GT and Z24 were offered only as coupés. Toyota offered the FX-16, and Honda introduced the S (later called the Si when model gained fuel Hot hatches maintained some in North America throughout the even as most small were designed with The Honda Civic was the benchmark for hot hatches in America, but when the line was redesigned for 2006, the Si in coupé form only; the hatchback was no longer available in the in any form. Volkswagen remained to the market segment in North though, releasing a turbocharged, Golf Mk5 GTI in early 2006

with a notably successful campaign. Mazda introduced its 3 in October 2006, a turbocharged of their popular 3, with .

Hot hatches and compacts before

Until 1980, the Volkswagen dominated the hot hatch market Competition was limited to non-hatchbacks, the and race-inspired enthusiasts’ vehicles as the Vauxhall Chevette HS. However, and superminis had adopted a two-box ever since the Mini, in spite of their small had been adopted by young enthusiasts with little because of their low weight. even though the Golf was one of the few with engines larger 1.4 litres and with more (75 kW), other hatches on their way to becoming hot. cars such as the Hillman Imp or the Rallye. while having bodies, were small to be considered direct ancestors of the hot

European-market pre-1980 hot hatches

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