Back in 1973, 82bhp was enough to give the humble little Simca 1100TI the title of the world’s first ever hot hatch.
How the world has changed. Do you yearn for the days when Donny Osmond topped the charts, and a hotted up 1.3-litre family hatch with less outright power than your own lungs was considered fast?
Yeah, us neither. But this goggle-eyed, entirely implausible fast hatch was the original all-weather car. It even featured such things as stiffer shocks, a reinforced clutch, bigger brakes and some special paint.
The world - perhaps mercifully - has moved on from the days of the Simca. No longer is humanity content with a 0-60mph time somewhere not very far below 12 seconds. No longer will we sit in silence for a top speed of just 105mph from a small five-door family car.
No, today’s buyers demand more. Much, much more. Witness the new Ford Focus RS (not the lovely RS500 pictured), which churns out 345bhp. Or indeed, the new Audi RS3, with a whopping 362bhp and the ability to hit 60mph in just over four seconds. Supercar pace, that.
So, where do the major players stack up today? Click on for our roundup of the most powerful hot hatches… in the world*.
*Production hot hatches, of course.