Classic Hot Hatches of the 1980s – Part 3
In our last part of our look at boy racers’ cars of choice, we round it up, ending on the king of all hot hatches.
MG Metro Turbo
Unveiled in October 1982 the MG Metro was one of the first supermini hot hatches on the market. Using a turbocharged 1.3l engine from the Austin Mini Cooper, the MG Turbo could produce 93HP and reach 0-60 in 8.9 seconds. It also had a top speed of 115 mph. The Metro was the second biggest selling car of the 1980s in the UK and this version is a great hot hatch, but to find a low mileage version in mint condition expect to spend about £20k.
Ford Fiesta XR2
The hot version of Ford’s Fiesta was first launched in 1981 and had a 91 HP 1.6l engine, a top speed of 106 MPH. The facelift Mk 2 version which came out in 1984 was fitted with a tweaked version of the 96HP 1.6l engine that could reach 0-60 in 9.3 seconds. Though not the fastest, this was the boy racers’ car of choice and was doing laps in every town in the country.
Volkswagen Golf GTi
The Golf GTi is probably the most iconic hot hatch. The Mk2 version launched in 1983 and became a favourite of petrolheads. The original version was launched with an 8 valve 4 cylinder 1.8l engine that produced 105HP and could propel the car to 0-60 in 8.1 seconds. The 16v version of the 1.8l was released in 1986 and offered a power output of 137HP and a 0-60 time of 8.0 seconds.
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth
In the early 1980s, Ford had started losing its motor racing mojo. In the 70s it supplied engines to the F1 championship winning teams of Tyrell, Lotus and McLaren, the World Rally Championship in 1979 and had won four Le Mans in a row between 1966 and 1969. When Stuart Turner was appointed head of Ford Motorsport in Europe, he was intent on bringing back Ford as a marque that was associated with winning races. Long-time Ford collaborators, Cosworth supplied the engine for this new car which was to compete in the Touring Car Group A category. The three-door Sierra body was chosen and heavily modified to create a car suitable for the racetrack. The original model, which came out in 1986 had a 204 HP 2l 16v turbo-charged engine which could reach a top speed of 149 mph and 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. The RS500 model added an extra 20 HP, taking it up to 224 HP and cutting the 0-60 time to 6.1 seconds. Probably the king of all 80s hot hatches.