Seat’s Ibiza hot hatches: gallery
The little Spanish supermini celebrates its 30th birthday – here are the fast ones
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Though slightly overshadowed by the quietly excellent Jim Diamond and his hit number one single I Should Have Known Better, Seat will remember 1984 for one big reason. It was the year of the Ibiza.
Yep, it was in 1984 that the company's best-selling model to date was born, drawing together some of the automotive industry's powerhouses. This first generation Ibiza was built on the old Seat Ronda (you must Google its boxy brilliance immediately), styled by design legend Giorgio Giugiaro and Italdesign, and with Karmann and Porsche on hand to help with industrialisation and technology for the engine.
We're told its introduction ‘revitalised' the Zona Franca production line in Barcelona, which is all very honourable, but it took four years for the company to build out a hot production Ibiza, which - because you're reading Top Gear - is where our journey through the Ibiza's hot hatch journey must begin...