#1 of 25 Are there any/many out there?
Apr 09, 2001 (9:08 pm)
Please share what you know. Thanks.
#2 of 25 Well that depends on what you consider a hatchback...
Apr 10, 2001 (5:32 am)
Alot of people consider cars with a very sculpted look to be a fastback and not a hatchback. That being said there is currently one undisputed hatchback that aims at those shopping performance and that is the VW GTI. In the fastback category the range extends somewhat to the Toyota Celica GT-S and the Acura Integra Type-R. Mercury was suppose to bring out a souped up edition of the Cougar but killed that.
Fortunately things are looking up for those who want performance and a Hatchback. VW is going to update the GTI so that all versions get a healthy boost in HP (around 30HP both for the 1.8T (officially 20 but that is only so the Audi people don't whine) and the VR6. Ford is bringing out the Focus SVT which will scream with 170 HP and its light weight. Honda is rumored to be bringing back both the Hatchback and the Si variant of the Civic in one stroke this summer. Oh and I am not sure if you consider it a hatchback, but the Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon is available in WRX trim, good for more than 220 HP...
#3 of 25 Here's one to add to the list: BMW Z3 2-door coupe...
Apr 11, 2001 (9:40 pm)
which is referred to in Edmunds.com's review as being a 2-door coupe and a hatchback. A hatchback is basically a subset of a coupe or a sedan: a 3 door coupe, or a five door sedan. I've also heard fastback, liftback, and so on so forth. Regardless of what we call it, it's still the same vehicle....
For those interested, here's our dirct link to the BMW Z3 discussion on this message board.
The coolest hatch back in the world has got to be the Honda Civic Type R. Introduced in Japan in 1998, the Civic Type R has remained at the TOP of its game. Pumping out an amazing 185HP from a mere 1.6L VTEC engine! Now that Honda has introduced the i-VTEC system, the 2002 Civic Type R produces 200HP from a 2Liter engine. I guess "Amazing but true" is correct. Sadly, the U.S. and Canada will NOT be seeing the Civic Type R so we can only dream of it's sheer power...
#7 of 25 What exactly is the big deal about the Type R?
Apr 27, 2001 (6:11 am)
I mean I think it is great that Honda can deliver enthusiast oriented versions of its products (The SI and the Type R) but if power is what you lust for, then why limit yourself to Honda? There are plenty of alternatives out there. Heck I bet the Type R would have cost as much as the 2002 GTI VR6 would be anyway and that car will give you tons of torque on top of the 201 HP it will deliver.
Anybody know what the ford SHOgun was? It was a festiva souped up with a mid mounted sho engine with rear wheel drive and a special body kit. It was capable of 0-60 in 4.6 and a 1/4 mile in under 13. There were only 9 produced.