Compact hot hatchbacks are engineering miracles. It is not possible simply install a powerful engine under the hood of a standard model. It is necessary to carefully select the suspension, strengthen the body. The task is much more complicated when it comes to a small hatchback.
However, ‘hots’ are present in the model lineups of many brands, and there is a demand for them. An interesting race has recently taken place on one of the racing tracks. Here, in the battle for the speed at once 5 hot hatches competed.
Three European cars were presented in the test: the Volkswagen Polo GTI, Peugeot 208 GTi and the Mini John Cooper Works. The list also included a conditionally-American, and, in fact, an European Ford Fiesta ST. The Japanese Toyota Yaris GRMN also took the challenge.
It would seem the most powerful among these five Mini JCW with a 2.0-liter 234-hp BMW engine with 320 Nm of torque would have to outperform the rivals, but no! The first to pass a distance of a quarter of a mile (400 meters) was the Yaris GRMN.
It took 14.5 seconds for the Japanese hot hatch to win. This is unexpected, since there is a less powerful 1.8-liter 215-hp engine with the torque of 250 Nm in the performance Yaris. Apparently, the comparatively small weight of the car has played its part.
The Yaris GRMN started faster than all. At such a short distance such a spurt was a decisive advantage. However, the Mini JCW came second (14.8 seconds) and almost caught up with the Yaris at the end of the track.
The Fiesta ST took the third place – 15.1 seconds. The VW Polo GTI and Peugeot 208 GTi came almost simultaneously (15.5 and 15.6 seconds respectively).