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21 forgotten hot hatches of the 1980s

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Alan Taylor-Jones of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 41: We all remember the greats, don’t we? But hot-hatch favourites such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renault 5 GT Turbo had plenty of rivals back in the day that have long since slipped from our consciousness. Here, we’ll be casting our minds back to the dawn of the genre to remember the good, the bad and the slightly mad 1980s hot hatches that you might have forgotten about. With front-, rear- and four-wheel drive covered, and engines ranging from a dinky turbocharged three-cylinder to a hefty naturally aspirated V6, there should be something to tickle every fancy.

Forgotten hot hatches from the 1980s

We all remember the greats, don’t we? But hot-hatch favourites such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renault 5 GT Turbo had plenty of rivals back in the day that have long since slipped from our consciousness.

Here, we’ll be casting our minds back to the dawn of the genre to remember the good, the bad and the slightly mad 1980s hot hatches that you might have forgotten about.

With front-, rear- and four-wheel drive covered, and engines ranging from a dinky turbocharged three-cylinder to a hefty naturally aspirated V6, there should be something to tickle every fancy.

© Haymarket Automotive
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