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Click above to start Top 10 Best Mid-Engine Hatchbacks

There are few concoctions in the automotive industry as bonkers as the mid-engine hatchback. The concept takes the most exotic layout and wraps it in the bodywork of the most mundane and commonplace, creating a paradoxical sub-segment that makes you wonder what their designers were smoking. (Turns out it was rubber, incidentally.) And while incarnations of the mid-engined hatch are a bit of a rarity, the years have produced a considerable number of these most insane of auto types. We're celebrating the holidays with our ten favorites, and invite you to come along in our gallery by clicking on the image below.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Echoing KAveh--
      Renault 5 Turbo is the mother/daddy of all these wannabes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's unfortunate that this list has tons of cars that were made only for racing or only as one-offs.

        And yet it ignores the Renault R 5 Turbo and the Peugeot 205 T16, both of which were actually sold as road-going versions (in small numbers).

        Weird.
        • 6 Years Ago
        FOR SHAME, AUTOBLOG! FOR SHAME!

        Not having the R5 Turbo top this list within a hair's breath of motor journalism malpractice.

        OK. Go back to applying your ProActive!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm slightly disappointed that the real mid-engined hatchbacks - the Renaults, mainly, but also the Group B homologation models - were mixed with mere concepts like the Volkswagen and the Aygo, or tuner specials like the Sbarro or Festiva.

      Also note that the Renaultsport team isn't responsible for the titles - that's what the squad up there in Enstone, UK is responsible for - and that the Megane Trophy is only the latest in a series... The Clio V6 you have here has another one before it, and the legendary Renault 5 Turbo homologation model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2 Engines ??? !!! 245pmh !! 2 Six speeds?? to all wheel drive !!??

      How the Hell does this all work....and who even thought this up??


      why have i not heard of this car?..most extreme car there
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about the twin engine CRX that I think Car & Driver built.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My first cartard moment of 2009. Is the motor for these bad boys in the back WITH the driver? Or is the engine compartment separated within the hatch?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where's the Ford SHOgun Festiva?
      • 6 Years Ago
      If, after conversion, it's no longer possible to actually open the hatch, is it still a hatchback? :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        well, i guess, right? The hatchback is a shape, not just a door...

        which leaves me thinking... does the Cayman S qualify? It is a MR and is definately has a hatch on the back, but...hmm
      • 6 Years Ago
      Only one of them is a modern production car. Not surprising I guess, it's kind of an answer to a question nobody asked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Egads, can you guys PLEASE stop using a higher res pic and resizing it in the gallery, they always look so screwed up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great post, but I think you forgot one of the grand daddies of crazy cars, the Renualt LeCar Turbo 1 and 2 .
      • 6 Years Ago
      What about all the Smart Fortwo's I see on Youtube with the Hayabusa engines?
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