There was a time when hot hatches weren’t as powerful as sports cars. But modern four-wheel-drive hot hatches can provide a power output just like a proper sports car. We decided to learn more about it and understand how they are able to deliver such a high performance.
If you explore the market and read the news stories related to the auto industry, you will notice that they are mostly focusing on electric vehicles and SUVs. It would seem like in 2021, only two types of vehicles are the best. But if you dig deeper, you will know that there is another option that can help the industry to up its game. That option is a hot hatch. The four-wheel-drive ones to be more specific.
These machines are now available with torque vectoring technology, which in the last five years have been used by many brands. The use of such technology for the vehicle of this genre is a very good development.
We decided to test the three vehicles that use this system as well as a Japanese model. We wanted to see how this system works and if the outcome is as convincing as it is being claimed.
Furthermore, we tested the vehicles on both wet roads and dry tracks, so we can get the best idea. If you are wondering why the makers of hot hatches are using the torque vectoring system in their vehicles, the answer is very simple.
About two decades ago the power war between the super saloons was at its peak. The horsepower levels became very high and emissions rules made it harder to extract high performance from the engines, so torque vectoring seemed like the perfect solution. The Industry wanted to shift the focus towards handling from speed, which we think was the right solution.
The use of this system allows every wheel to experience a different level of drive, which will mostly depend on the situation. It does so by manipulating the flow of torque.