I never got a chance to do a Throwback Thursdays post yesterday, so even though it’s a day late, I’m keeping with the routine.
This week I wanted to post up something a little bit different. The hot hatch may be something the Japanese do well, but its roots are in Europe. The continent’s narrow winding roads and crowded Medieval cities, provide the perfect play ground for the hot hatch. While companies from Renault to Volkswagen have brought the car into the modern era, my favorite without a doubt, is the Lancia Delta Integrale. The Delta came in multiple variations during it’s first generation of production (1979-1994), but the one you want is the Evoluzione II, which came out in 1993. The Evo II is probably most comparable to the Subaru WRX, with it’s 215hp turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine and AWD layout.
The unfortunate thing is the Impreza didn’t come with that body and a tan interior. This is the classic Italian color combo, for a sports car and it’s beautiful. With a set of Speedline Type 2015 Monte Carlos, it’s ready for a thrash down the coast to Portofino.
The Evoluzione II is a beautiful car and another, added to the list of ones we don’t get in the states. It was one of Lancia’s best cars, throughout their rocky history and won the World Rally Championship 6 times.
With the cars of today being designed for safety, rather than style, most current hot hatch offerings look like eggs with wheels. They just don’t build them like this anymore.