Iconic hot hatchbacks

Hatchbacks are really practical when you think about it. A small family car that’s dependable, reliable, economic… Isn’t that something we all want? Someone likes huge SUVs or sedans, but the hatch is really something. As time goes by, there are more and more hatchbacks on the roads, but not every hatch can be called iconic. Here is a list from a hot hatch enthusiast about the iconic hatchbacks that left a mark on the car industry.

Volkswagen Golf mk2 GTI

There are a lot of GTIs from Volkswagen, but the mk2 Golf was really before its time. The golf mk1 GTI was also great, don’t get me wrong, but this was the newer and improved car that the world deserved. Production lasted from 1985-1987 and from 1990-1992. It was a bit bigger than the mk1, but it was a fast, reliable and all around fun car to drive. Although 25 years have passed since the last mk2 GTI left the Volkswagen factory, many mk2 GTIs still roam the earth. This is a really iconic car, and it definitely deserves the number one spot on this list!

VW Golf

Ford Focus RS mk1

This hot hatch was introduced to the world in 2002 and the production lasted only one year. For that time only 4501 units were made. From that number, more than 2000 Focus mk1 RS were sold in the UK. This little speedster had a 2.0-litre engine with an astonishing 212bhp. Although the RS looked like a regular focus, more than 70% of parts were different. Exterior was changed with wider front and back bumpers, and the original RS was available only in imperial blue.

Mini John Cooper Works GP

How can we not mention the almighty MINI? This car is a great hatch, no matter what engine or kit it has. It is known all around the world and it’s a genuinely great looking, great driving car. Now, the Mini John Cooper Works GP model, which was made only in 2006 is worth writing about separately. In essence, it’s a race car, period. Production of this model was limited to 2000 units and 444 of those were intended to be sold in the UK. It was such a success that 15 extra were sold in the UK. It was lighter compared to a Cooper S for about 40kg in total. There were no rear seats and the supercharged Tritec engine made this car track-ready.

BMW M140i

It may look unusual to put a BMW in a hot hatch list, especially because it’s a new model and rear-wheel drive but this is a hatch that will definitely leave a mark and become one of the greats. Its powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine develops 335bhp. It is available with a six-speed manual and an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. 0-60 with an auto is 4.6 seconds while getting the same speed takes 0.2 seconds longer with the manual.

What You Need To Know When Upgrading Your Car Sound System

Upgrading the sound system is one of the essential things people do when they start customizing their car. Even though it seems unnecessary in some cars, it can make a huge difference when upgraded properly. Factory sound systems are usually the last thing manufacturers think about and they usually suck. When you buy a second hand car, there’s a chance you will need to change the speakers immediately, especially if they are still factory speakers. There are thousand speakers to choose from, but it really depends on how much you want to spend. Upgrading the head unit is something you should think about as well.

The first step

The first step to upgrading your cars sound system isn’t to go out and buy some branded speakers for as much money as you intended. The first step is to plan on what you want, and what needs upgrading the most. If your speakers are blown, you sure won’t go out to buy a new head unit, right?

Just sit in the car and play some music. Listen carefully and try to determine what part needs upgrading first. Maybe the front left speaker doesn’t work at all, maybe there isn’t enough bass, the quality of reproduction can be lousy or your factory head unit can’t read mp3 format. Just sit there, listen, turn up the volume to hear the thing you would like to change and go from there.

Upgrading the speakers

You can go two ways when upgrading the speakers. If you are new to all of this, you need to know that you can buy coaxial or component speakers. The difference between them is that the coaxial speakers are full range speakers while the component speakers are divided by range – bass, mid-range and tweeters. If you don’t want too much work when upgrading, your budget isn’t huge and you don’t plan on competing with them, the coaxial speakers are a better choice for you. On the other hand, if you plan on seriously upgrading the complete sound system, go with the component speakers. You will have more flexibility, more power, but you should look into a new head unit and amplifier as well so you would get the best results.

Upgrading the Head Unit and amplifier

If you are ok with your OEM head unit, installing an amplifier can do the trick when it comes to upgrading sound quality in your car. Many enthusiasts actually like how their factory head unit looks and sounds, so if you are one of them, installing an amplifier can really improve sound quality in your car. Upgrading your sound system with a new aftermarket head unit and amplifier, especially if you already upgraded your speakers, will make a difference you won’t believe.  You will ask yourself why you didn’t upgrade your sound system sooner.

Rear Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive – Which is better?

This question will always be the starter of an argument between car enthusiasts. Some say that FWD is better, some say that RWD is better, but who is right? There is no right or wrong here, it’s a matter of personal preference.

RWD advantages

Most car enthusiasts prefer RWD for better acceleration and cornering. This is because the car tends to push its weight back and the weight makes the grip better. Also, the front wheels don’t have any other function except for steering… And maybe drifting, but that’s not important right now. RWD is actually good for performance cars, because acceleration and cornering are important for good track times.

Disadvantages of RWD

There are people who believe that RWD is extremely dangerous, especially if you live in a place where it snows a lot. No matter what kind of space technology a car has that prevents oversteer and sliding into a ditch, people will always think that RWD is dangerous. Actually, driving on a snowy day can be dangerous for both RWD and FWD cars if you don’t drive safely and pay attention.

FWD advantages

Now it’s time to go over some things FWD is good for. If you actually do live in a place where it snows a lot, it would maybe be better to own a FWD car. The engine weight helps FWD cars have better traction when driving on a snowy road. Also, there is more space in the car and the fuel efficiency is better in comparison to RWD cars. FWD cars are usually cheaper as well.

Safety

Regarding safety, well, FWD is probably better. With RWD oversteer is very common especially when inexperienced drivers want to show off. Sideway crashes are far more dangerous and sliding sideways can make the car roll over or even flip. The top and sides of a car have far less space that protects the passengers. That’s something to think about.

Depending on what you use your car for, you can choose FWD or RWD. If you’re a race-type of enthusiast and speed, cornering and general performance are important to you, you should think about a RWD car. If on the other hand you use your daily driver for car meet-ups and events, without racing and burning rubber, FWD is the way to go.

So there you have it, FWD and RWD shortly explained and there is no conclusion on which is better. Personal preference and usage determine which is better.