6. Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro
It was like a breath of fresh air when Audi unveiled its A1 Clubsport Quattro to some unsuspecting fanboys at Worthersee back in 2011. The all-wheel-drive, 500-hp concept came equipped with classic Quattro lines complete with a set of high-spoke racing wheels, a two-tone persona and a rear wing that seemed to go on for days. It get’s us all hot just talking about it.
5. Fiat 500 Nuovo
In 1957 when Fiat launched the original 500 Nuovo, it was the darnedest, most adorable little hatch anyone ever did see. Beady little headlights, tiny little mirrors, a shiny mustache grille- what’s not to love?
Now we won’t say the current generation of 500 is really a bad looking car, per se, but can you really compare it to the original? I think not.
4. Volkswagen GTI MK1
The one that started it all; the GTI MK1. For seven generations, the Volkswagen Golf /GTI has been one of the most highly-praised cars on the planet, and for good reason. But VW never would have been where they are today if it weren’t for this handsome little box of goodness.
That’s right, a Volvo, and a damn fine looking one at that. The C30 Polestar was Volvo’s 250-horsepower response to the haters of the world. Shaking off its safe and boring personality, the Swedes went for something a little more brash- and brash it was.
The 250-hp, hotted-up hatch came to us from across the Swedish pond with all-wheel-drive and an insane full-suede dash, but only for a short while. Also, baby blue is standard, which is pretty gnarly.
2. Vauxhall/Opel Astra VXR
Easily, the Astra VXR is one of the most underrated hot hatches we’ve seen in recent history. Granted, if this were a list of the “12 most performance-driven hot hatches ever built,” then maybe it might not have made the cut (although it’s no slouch).
Based on looks alone, someone at Vauxhall/Opel deserves a raise. Smooth sweeping lines, a handsome set of wheels, and a rear-end that makes the Kardashians jealous. The thing is a supermodel of the hatchback world.
1. Lancia Delta HF Integrale
If you didn’t think this hot hatch was going to be at the top of our list, you’re a fool. This is the best hatchback ever made, bar none. Aside from performance, there was just something so stunning about the Delta HF Integrale (more specifically the Evo II pictured here), and in reality, most of the Lancia lineup at the time.
That signature shape paved the way for a European Car of the Year award in 1980 and world-renowned notoriety from then on. Looking back on the Lancia lineup today, we find mostly disappointment with the current Delta. We should be thankful then that there are a few good folks out there who have preserved this classic hatch for us to continue to gawk over.
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