We have seen hot hatches coming up since the late 1970s and early 1980s, cars such as the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Escort XR3 among others. Providing thrills for the price of a meal, hot hatches have evolved over the years, growing not only in size but also power and price. Today we have what some call hyper hatches, those that produce around 300kW of power.
For a long time I have been of the opinion that Porsche should be in this market segment. I am still of that opinion. Such a car would obviously share its underpinnings with the Audi RS 3 Sportback, a company cousin. Whether Audi would allow Porsche their indomitable, multi award-winning 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder turbo engine, is another question.
Regardless, there would be more than option to go with, including the company 2.9-litre turbo V6 and the 2.0-litre turbo. Porsche does not necessarily need those sales by the way. The main reason for this move would be the attraction of younger buyers who seem to be shying away from the 718 range. They still want performance, but appear to be deterred by the lack of practicality offered by this said range. Two extra doors, boot space and four seats would go a long way in catching these types.