History of Hot Hatches in ten cars
Ten fast, diminutive hatchbacks that chart the hot hatch genome
Posted: 04 Feb 2014
1973 Simca 1100TI
Meet the world's first hot hatch - it has a 1.3-litre engine, breathes through two Weber carburettors and makes 82 horsepower. Not much by modern standards, but when it landed in 1973 its sub 12-second 0-60mph time and 105mph top speed was trouser-tightening stuff.
It also involved all the fripperies of future attempts to spice up a family hatch - reinforced clutch, stiffer shocks, bigger brakes and special paint (called ‘Sumatra Red', fact fans).
Alas, the 1100TI never made it to England, and it may look a bit depressing, but this, dear internet, was genesis...