The hot hatch definition has changed a lot since the 80s, as there are now more options, other than the typical FWD hatches from France, Italy and England. Thanks to BMW, there’s a RWD hot hatch, called the M135i, boasting a bit over 300hp from a turbocharged 3.0l I6 engine. Then there’s Subaru’s approach to the hot-hatch idea with the AWD 2.5l turbocharged boxer engine of similar horsepower output.
These two are testdriven by AutoExpress in the above video. The tester experienced a small tendency to understeer while driving the a bit too soft M135i, yet he was amazed by the low end torque. Getting inside the WRX felt like stepping 10 years back, due to the materials and design of the interior, but the grip is enormous, despite the need for more corrections compared to the BMW. The tester also mentioned the the peak torque of the Subaru engine come only after 3000revs more than the BMW’s.
So, the Subaru is 50kg, has lighter steering, more grip and requires more effort from the drive in the track. Does this make the WRX faster or slower around the Blyton Park track? We won’t spoil it for you, but you can find out by watching the above video.
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