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10 hot hatchbacks that failed
The hot hatch is back! This week alone we've driven two big name new arrivals into the world of family cars that can give Ferraris and Porsches a run for their money. Vauxhall's Astra VXR and Ford's Focus ST have put the cat well and trully among the pigeons in this much-hyped sector of the car market and boy and girl racers everywhere are frothing at the mouth with excitment.
At a time like this though, it's worth sounding a note of caution and pointing out that not all hot hatchbacks have set the world alight. Lots of manufacturers have tried to recreate the affordable performance magic of classics such as the Peugeot 205 GTi and the original VW Golf GTi and lots have failed. Here we remember some of the hot hatches that are probably better forgotten.
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Sorry but Maestro Turbo was a bloody good hot hatch, better handling and going than many of the rivals at the time. It was the lack of looks and marketing why it failed.
The ZR was also not a failed hot hatch. I can remember many car mags at the time praising it against younger opposition. And by the number on the roads in Essex, I say they did sell so it can't have failed.
What should have been on the list was Rover 200 BRM, Toyota Corolla and 3 Series Compact.
I'm neither an owner, nor even a fan, but any of the above would have been more interesting. Though not relevant: since it was only a limited-edition job costing peanuts to develop, but did wonders for the manufacturer's image, it can hardly be said to have failed.
The MG ZR was not a failure. I am a Rover fan and can say the 1.8vvc 160bhp ZR was, and is, a great hot hatch.
They also benefit from having the same front end as the Rover Coupes, so the 2.0Turbo engine fits straight in, making it a 0-60 in 6 seconds hatch. Not even the Corsa VXR does that.
skim read the replies and it's all about MG's? lol
MK4??? Who wrote this crap? RS2000 great cars, 4x4 not as good as the 2WD, but they stud there ground well for there day.
Weight of drive train? 4x4 Escort weighs not a fat lot more than the 2WD, think whoever wrote this needs to go and get some education on RS's.
Nonsense, only 505 MG Maestro Turbo's were ever made and sold out!... Even today it is a head turner and will soon draw a crowd when parked up, even on filling station forecourts (which is a pain when you are in a hurry)...
Still sought after, it has it's own owner and supporter clubs...
Being a grumpy old git 2 yrs ago I bought a new VW Golf GTD, it cured my constipation overnight and ever since, having had loads of cars in the past to me this is the finest car on the market, its like driving on rails, bends mean nothing and even at 120mph its pulling like a racehorse,
Terry Bird, an elated customer.
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