We’ve all sort of gotten used to the idea that there isn’t such a thing as a fast supermini. But when you actually take a look at the market, you soon realise that that isn’t the case at all. Heck, we’ve got superminis that retail for over £40,000. For that price, they had better be fast.
Here we’re going to roundup some of the fastest superminis out there. Let’s take a look.
Renault Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo
For years manufacturers have been taking the lovability out of superminis. Where the joy in the constant one-upmanship we’ve seen in the market lately? That’s right; there is none. Renault has said “non, mercy” to all this competition. Instead, it’s tried to make something lovable.
But that’s not to say that the new Clio is a slouch. It’s not. The car comes equipped with a 2.0 litre naturally aspirated engine that blows the socks off a lot of the competition. It’s no surprise that this car has been showing up at Renault retail stores across the land. In effect, it’s become the new Fiesta ST.
Vauxhall Corsa VXR
Of course, we couldn’t have a discussion about fast superminis without including a Corsa. Corsas have been a staple for young petrol heads from Essex for donkey’s years. So what has Vauxhall been up to recently? Making their Corsas faster, of course.
The new VXR version comes with some quite impressive specs. For starters, the 1.6 turbocharged engine develops a considerable 202 bhp. The car does 0 to 62 in a nippy 6.5 seconds. And it will charge all the way to 143 mph, making it one of the fastest superminis out there.
Mini Hatchback John Cooper Works
There’s nothing stranger than seeing a mini-cooper make this list. But make this list it has. The car once renowned for its lack of performance has been given a makeover by the engineers at Mini. The John Cooper Works is a beast, packing a 231 bhp engine, enough to propel you to 60 in 6.1 seconds. The car is also faster even that the Corsa at the top end. It maxes out at a mind-boggling 153 mph. You’ll pay for all this performance, though. The John Cooper Works Version starts at £23,000.
Fiat 500 Abarth Biposto
Italy is the supercar capital of the world. And so it’s not surprising that Fiat decided to make its own supercar out of a supermini. The most important feature of this car is its low weight. The car only weighs 997 kg. And that means that you’d expect some fairly impressive acceleration. That’s precisely what you get. The 500 Abarth Biposto blasts you to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds. And on top of that, Fiat claim it will do 45 mpg in normal road conditions.
The Audi S1 is a favourite of the busy city boy. And it’s also a love of petrol heads the world over. Why? Because it’s fast. Perhaps the fastest car in its class, in fact. The S1 will rocket you to 62 mph in 5.8 seconds. And don’t think that Audi has skimped on the interiors to bring you that kind of performance. They haven’t.
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