Cars that need a Reboot

By jaytee, 26 May 2021

There are a great deal of cars that have warmed the hearts and minds of petrolheads in the good old days.

Despite their success back in their heyday, there have been no further iterations of such vehicles.

While there may be a number of reasons why some manufacturers chose not to continue the production of these cars, we feel that their namesakes should continue living on.

Here are some of these cars that we think deserve a new lease on life.

Volkswagen Corrado (VR6)

The VW Corrado’s styling is peak eighties flair, with its fastback-style hatchback body.

Unlike the Scirocco and Golf that overshadowed the Corrado, it was a great performer in all regards.

And especially so in the VR6 models, which shared underpinnings with the newer Mark 3 Golf hatchbacks.

Unfortunately, it's been 26 years since the world saw it, and we miss it dearly.

Renault 5 Turbo

An RWD mid-engined hatchback, who would’ve thought it eh? The eighties were a crazy time. And in the height of the crazy fest, this is Renault’s version of a hot hatchback.

The concept of a mid-engined hatchback may not seem as obscure then as it is now, but the Renault 5 Turbo is proof that sometimes the worst ideas are actually the best.

Beneath the rear hatch is a turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder that produces 160hp. And of course, those massive rear wheel arches makes the car look fantastic. Renault, we want a new one.

Renault Sport Clio V6

Ok technically, the Renault Clio V6 is the successor of the iconic Renault 5. Like the bonkers eighties car, it has a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive.

But this time, the boffins at Renault have fitted a 3.0-litre V6 engine sourced from the PSA Group.

The Phase 1 cars weren’t all that well sorted at the time of their launch, but the Phase 2 cars were brilliant.

Those cars produced 255hp, making it the most powerful hatchback of its time. And we're ready for a new one.

Audi Quattro

Yes, we have some fantastic cars from Audi today. The stellar R8, the magnificent RS6 Avant, but all these are overshadowed by one of Audi’s truly special vehicles that hasn’t seen a successor... as yet!

Nothing as potent as the original Audi Quattro was. As the name implies, the Quattro was a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and the first of Audi’s vehicles to bear the "quattro" name.

(Click HERE to read our drive of the Audi Ur-Quattro)

The Audi Quattro dominated rally stages in the early eighties, claiming victory after victory. It was a force to be reckoned with back then, and it is in dire need of a modern production-ready equivalent.

(Ur-Quattro not hardcore enough? Click HERE to read our drive of the Audi Sport Quattro down some fabulously winding alpine roads)

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