What should be the next retro hit?
In the last decade, big name manufacturers have looked through their history books and recreated classics, such as the Fiat 500, VW Beetle and Mini Cooper. These cars could all be criticised for straying too far from their roots, and are labelled by people who care about cars as rather cynical. However, the fact is that these cars instantly become mainstream models, and provide the companies who make them with billions. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could think of what should be the next classic icon to make a modern comeback, and how you think it should be executed. So far, I've come up with just two. First is a modern day Fiat X1/9, which can pick up from where the LHD only Barchetta left off, using that fantastic little Twinair unit. Secondly is a BMW M1, a light mid-engined supercar with heritage and, vitally, a revvy straight-six. I can hear the 911 quaking in its boots just at the thought of it. So, what classic motor(s) do you guys think should be given a fresh new lease of life? There's only one rule: the manufacturer must still be around. Which counts MG back in!
I would like to suggest Hot-Hatches. Epitomised by VW's Golf GTi in the seventies, and copied ever since. It was a triumph in packaging practicality, affordability, relatively good comfort and performance into a small car. To this day automotive manufacturers continue to include a 'hot-hatch' in their range to satisfy the needs of the younger performance car minded.
Cast your minds back to the 80's and 90's when these cars really came into their own - the XR3i, XR2, RS Turbos from Ford, Peugeot's brilliant 205 GTi, Renault's 5 GT Turbo (the early Alpine turbo being one of my personal favourites) and Fiat's often underrated Uno Turbo . All great cars that neatly complimented their bigger, saloon brothers further up the model range.