While in the past hatchbacks were the choice of school run mums and town-based driving, things have changed over the last decade or so. Car manufacturers are producing hatchbacks that are more powerful and muscular and ultimately faster than previous models. In the following post we look at 5 of the most powerful hatches available at the moment.
Renault Megane RS – 265 BHP
Although it does not quite make the 300 BHP mark, 265 BHP in a front wheel drive hatchback is still very powerful. Particularly when you consider that it can hit 158 MPH and can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in just 6 seconds.
Vauxhall Astra VXR– 276 BHP
Vauxhall really unleashed a demon of a hatch with the updated model of the VXR. This is all thanks to the 2 litre turbo-charged engine that produces a whopping 276 BHP with 295 lb ft. of torque. That power enables the new VXR to accelerate from 0 to 62 in just 6 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 MPH.
BMW M135i -320 BHP
This is a beautiful and deceptively powerful little car and the first on our list that breaks into the 300 + BHP club. The M135i has a turbo-charged 3 litre 6 pot engine that produces 450 lb ft. of torque and 320 BHP. Although it looks dainty and cute, don’t be fooled as it takes just 5.1 seconds to reach 62 MPH!
Ford Focus RS500 – 350 BHP
Although this is not a new model, it is still an amazing achievement in terms of showing what a small and compact car can really do. One of our close friends has this bad boy and looks as much like a mini-batmobile in the flesh as it does in the pictures and you have to trust us on that it definitely drives like Batman’s car. The powerful engine under the hood produces 340 lb ft. of torque and 350 BHP.
The only downside to this one is that as it was only released as a limited edition, you can no longer get your hands on the keys to one of these little monsters.
Subaru Impreza CS400 – 400 BHP
Hold onto your hats boys because this one’s a bit of a speed demon. The Impreza CS400 by Subaru has a 4 pot turbo-charged 2.5 litre engine that produces a nerve-jangling 400 BHP. That fact alone makes it worth mentioning, even if it is not the newest car on the list.
As a result of that BHP, it only takes 3.7 seconds to reach 62 MPH and has a top speed of 155 MPH. Impressively it will cover a quarter of a mile in around 12.75 seconds and has full four wheel drive. Along with the impressively high BHP, powerful turbo engine and ability to reach breakneck speeds in no time at all, it also looks good when you are out and about in town or taking a long drive in the countryside.