You want a classic hot hatch, but without the fuss, hassle, rust or other analogous irritation. The answer – assuming you have deep pockets – is in front of you. This is the world of Hot Hatch Restomod: 1980s classics that have been more than just polished, tuned, and vacuumed. Restomods are originals redesigned from the ground up using the latest technology and high quality materials. They are handcrafted inside and out to a standard that even Rolls-Royce would admire, with prices that luxury vehicle suppliers would recognize. The choice now is what to go. It’s easy for lottery winners: both please.
Automobili Amos Lancia Delta Futurista | Price: Â£ 270,000 | Year: 2021 | Engine: 1,995 cc inline four-cylinder, 330 b
Lancia’s Delta Integrale has been a multiple world rally champion, with road vehicles sporting the same shopping hatch-on-steroid look as competition machines and a similar turbocharged four-wheel drive setup. His enemy was rust. That and the agonizing memory of the shopping flap underneath. In return for more than a quarter of a million pounds, Automobili Amos will correct all of this and more. The door count went down by two. The body is now wider and is made of hand-formed aluminum with the front section made of carbon fiber. This makes the Futurista a whopping 90 kg lighter.
The interior is drooling, with more than a hint of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Recaro seats have been completely reupholstered. Switchgear, controls and instruments keep the 80s look and are completely redesigned in true Restomod style. There are fingertip controls on the bespoke steering wheel. We can’t tell you whether there is a secret switch for the enlarged rear wing. Maybe try to press the one with the rocket logo on it. That’s high-end Ferrari money, so of course it’s a bit much for a hot hatch. But just look at it and then say you don’t want any.
Legend Automobiles R5 Turbo 3 | Price: on request | Year: 2021 | Engine: 1,432 cc inline four-cylinder, 400 hp
French name, Californian base: Legende Automobiles are the new guys on the Restomod block. First job: an update of Renault’s gloriously ridiculous 5 Turbo 2, a mid-engined rear-wheel drive beast of a rally car on the street, based on the best-selling Renault 5. And what an update that is. Your first look will recognize the original car. The second will realize that every part of the R5 Turbo 3 is bespoke. Large amounts of carbon fiber are used in the hand-molding of both the Turbo 3 and its characteristic body kit with an additional rear diffuser. The lights are now LED in the front and back so they’ll see you coming and see you quickly disappearing.
According to its makers, the Turbo 3 is the result of a simple question: “What if there were no compromises?” The interior offers a splendid answer by reinterpreting the lush design of Marcello Gandini’s original Turbo for Bertone. Ultra-thin racing seats are of course bespoke and there is an exposed roll cage. The instrumentation is now digital, with transmission via a sequential gearbox. Since it was designed and built in Los Angeles, there is also two-zone air conditioning. Legend doesn’t tell how much they charge for each Turbo 3, but expect little, if any, change of Â£ 250,000. Brilliantly absurd.
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