Classic Hot Hatches of the 1980s

Hot hatches defined the 1980s for many motorists. The boy racer stereotype, probably driving about with “loadsamoney” and from Essex brings back a thousand memories for people of a certain vintage. In this blog we’re going to delve into boy racer culture are reminisce about the hot hatches of the 1980s.

Audi Quattro

Audi’s Quattro was a road going rally car that was famous for its performance, winning the WRC in 1982 and 1984. Its five-cylinder engine produced 500 HP through its four-wheel drive transmission. The later 1989 version 20v version produced 200 HP and could do 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.


Renault 5 GT

Launched in 1985, the Renault 5 GT was a hot hatch that only weighed 850kg and with its 1.4l turbocharged engine producing 113 HP, it could do 0-60 in 7.5 seconds. Later versions offered upgraded turbos and a slightly increased power output of 118 HP.


Peugeot 205 GTi

Hugely desirable and everything a hot hatch is about the 205 GTi offered a choice of two engines, a 1.6l that produced 105 (later 115 HP) and a 1.9l that produced 126 HP. There was even a convertible option. The 1.9 version did 0-60 in 7.6 seconds with the 16. 6 a touch slower at 7.9 seconds.


Vauxhall Astra GTE

The Mk2 Astra GTE was originally launched in 1984 and had two variants that were favourites. The 2l 124 HP version was quick and could reach 0-60 in 7.2 seconds but the 1988 version with the C20XE engine produced 156HP and could hit 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. Hugely powerful this was everything a hot hatch in the 80s was supposed to be, except don’t try to go too fast on country roads because the handling can best be described as “erratic.”

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