The hot hatch has been around since the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI in 1975, and it's here to stay. Things have changed considerably, though. For one thing, there was once a choice between three or five-door variants, but you won't find many without five doors these days.
Another thing you won't find is a true Citroën hot hatch - the C3 range tops out with the PureTech 110 Flair which, with a 0-62mph time of 9.3sec, has all the sporting appeal of a pair of slippers. Perhaps that's why people liked looking back at our first drive of the 1989 AX GT5.
6 - 1984 Seat Ibiza first drive
Right now the Seat Ibiza sits right at the very top of the today's supermini hierarchy, but when it was first launched in 1984 the Spanish machine had a lot to prove.
What were Autocar's first impressions? “The engine starts easily and immediately feels willing," we said. "Selecting first gear, the clutch take-up is smooth and drive unit mountings have obviously been designed carefully.” Not a bad start in life, then.
5 - 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT road test
A 212mph top speed versus 275mph. A 3500cc quad-turbo V12 versus a 7993cc quad-turbo W16. Peak power of 553bhp versus 1479bhp. £285,500 versus £2,518,000. Bugatti’s progress since 1994 has certainly been easy to track, but there's no doubt the EB110 GT was as bonkers in its time as the Chiron is today.
We drove the EB110 GT back in 1994.
4 - 1983 Lonsdale 2.6 road test