It’s attack of the turbos, as we drive our way on to the next level of the rankings.
80. Peugeot 505 Turbo Injektion
155 PS | 1330 kg | 117 PS/t
What you’re looking at is the last rear-wheel drive Peugeot road car. Funnily enough, it was also one of the few to make a dent in the US market. Yet, while honouring the rugged reputation of the outgoing 504, the 505 brought a new dynamic flair to the table; most indicative with this feisty Simca turbo engine.
79. Renault R11 Turbo
104 PS | 876 kg | 119 PS/t
Much like the Peugeot 505, the R11 was another French car to cross the Atlantic, albeit with help from American Motors. Unfortunately, Renault refused to offer this variant outside Europe: a brisk, yet comfort-oriented hot hatch. All the comfort in the world could not hide the turbo lag, but that was part of the fun.
78. Lancia H.P. Executive Volumex VX
135 PS | 1135 kg | 119 PS/t
Meet the single shooting brake on this list, a car which only Lancia would take the risk to make. Based on the Beta, a car violently destructive to the company (and itself), the glamour of this model soon fades upon realisation. Regardless, it is an Italian shooting brake; supercharged to boot, thus undeniably cool.
77. Citroën CX 25 GTI Turbo
166 PS | 1385 kg | 120 PS/t
No selection of cars would be complete without a hydropneumatic wonder like this. Described by many as the last true Citroën, the CX was the final car designed by the company without intervention from Peugeot. This was its swan song, a marriage of then-recent technology to the Kamm-tailed shell of old.
76. Buick Riviera 3.8 Turbo
203 PS | 1680 kg | 121 PS/t
While the American car industry were still enduring the hangover from the fuel crises of the 70s, Buick served as a shining beacon of sorts. In fact, as the key marque from the General Motors slammer to embrace forced induction, even the cruise ship Riviera could keep up with the pack of imported luxury cars.
75. Suzuki Cultus Turbo
80 PS | 660 kg | 121 PS/t
Diminutive, yet punching far beyond its weight class, Suzuki went all out for its take on the hot hatch recipe. Sporting a 1000cc displacement fit for a cola bottle rather than a car, it was more than enough to deliver thrills. Naturally, the secret was keeping weight low; the 0-60 time may depend on your lunch.
74. Volkswagen Golf GTI
112 PS | 920 kg | 122 PS/t
We all saw it coming, it was a question of when. The Golf GTI may have not been the first hot hatch, but it was certainly the codifier. Now on its second generation, it remained naturally-aspirated and just as accessible as before. Consider this to be a benchmark, also consider Escort XR3i fans to be angry.
73. Nissan Cedric/Gloria 3000
180 PS | 1475 kg | 122 PS/t
Infamous for being one of the worst collaborations in history, a Nissan-Alfa Romeo partnership led to the creation of the woeful Arna. However, there was one positive contribution: you’re looking right at it. Nissan learned how to make V6 engines from Alfa Romeo, powering beasts like this rear-driven rocket ship.
72. Alfa Romeo Spider 2000
127 PS | 1040 kg | 122 PS/t
Speaking of Alfa Romeo, the Spider was their icon. In fact, it was the final design by Battista Pininfarina himself, but that was 1966. Now it wore a visually ancient design, further toned down by safety regulations. Underneath, it utilised electronic fuel injection to keep the driving experience going strong though.
71. Chrysler E-Class 2.2 Turbo
144 PS | 1175 kg | 123 PS/t
Oh dear, this may take some explaining. First, note most Chryslers of this era used a derivative of the downsized K-platform, so they had to be lightweight. Secondly, this offered far more grunt than a Golf GTI or Alfa Spider could ever dream of. Sleep-inducing looks only fuelled what was a sleeper performance hit.
Get ready for next time, as we approach true sports coupé territory and more.
All photos sourced from WheelsAge.org.