History of Hot Hatches in ten cars
Ten fast, diminutive hatchbacks that chart the hot hatch genome
Posted: 14 Jun 2013
1997 Daihatsu Cuore TR-XX Avanzato R
Meanwhile in Japan, a unique translation for hot hatch was developing. As well as building hot versions of normal-sized hatches, several manufacturers turned their attention to their 'kei' cars - baby-engined minicars designed to comply with Japanese government tax and insurance regs to help mobilise the masses. When the TR-XX was released, there was a 660cc displacement limit, and 3.3-meter by 1.4-meter size limit. Which is worth remembering when you take into account it's slightly miserable-sounding 63bhp.
Anyone that's played Gran Turismo will know that the combination turbocharged engine, permanent four-wheel drive, and sub-Elise kerb weight made it a hilariously addictive - if not out and out fast - driver.