When it comes to hot hatchbacks, you can’t do better than the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy. Both drivers’ cars of this feeling come from a stellar hot hatchback line after generations of improvements. Both of these legendary vehicles have a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts, so it is difficult to choose the best one. That’s why nothing beats an old-fashioned drag race.
The Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy is equipped with a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 300 horsepower (221kW), combined with a 6-speed manual transmission. This front-wheel-drive hot hatch uses a Torsen slip-limited differential to ensure the most efficient transmission of force to the ground. This level of power in a front-wheel drive hatch is quite difficult to handle, which is why this difference is so important. There̵7;s also an intelligent four-wheel steering system that assists turns and makes the tiny hatch feel more agile but only adds to the detrimental weight in this drag race.
The Honda Civic Type R is one of the most impressive models of the modern era and was claimed to be a fast front-wheel drive car on the Nürburgring at its launch. Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 300 hp (221kW), the Honda Civic Type-R is one of the most powerful Honda ever built. Traditional Honda Civic Type Rs are equipped with high-revving naturally aspirated engines but due to higher power requirements and emissions, Honda chooses to pursue a turbocharged engine as the example on the Civic Type R.
In the drag race we might have a winner, but the real win is the incredible performance provided by modern hot hatches. These astonishing machines offer convenience and affordability while also adding to the level of performance commonly seen in sports cars.