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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 are typically based on family-oriented and are equipped with an uprated powerful internal combustion improved suspension. and may also additional ‘aerodynamic’ body Front-mounted petrol engines. with front-wheel drive. is the common powertrain layout, diesel-powered hot hatches are also

Development of the hot hatch

The design often considered to have the ‘hot hatch’ genre is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. some consider the first hot hatch to be the Alfa Romeo with others having point of view. The Renault 5 also pre-dated the Golf being launched in 1976.

The 1974 version of the Golf was in production at this point, and the of a higher performance 1.6 litre injected engine, sharper and sports-focussed marketing — the birth a huge market for practical cars that had excellent performance. The Golf GTI a short run of unparalleled success, but by the 1980s. car manufacturers worldwide racing to market with own alternatives. Notable big-sellers in the days were the Peugeot 205 Ford Escort XR3i. Vauxhall Astra GTE in United

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 successful advertising campaign. introduced its Mazdaspeed 3 in October a turbocharged version of their 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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