For transparency purposes I’ll be entering my own cars into this, obviously the GBF-GG Bellua SR8e, but also two from my other two sports car companies that fit this bill better. The first I’ll present is from Armada Motors (GB):
2017 Armada Fore Gen.V Eagle GTi
In special “Danmark” livery, rooftop flag liveries available for extra 600GBP
And I snuck in the original “Brittania” livery because that was the original 5th Gen celebration paintjob.
Armada’s staple car, the Fore, in all its iterations, is the embodiment of the company’s prevalent philosophy: lightweight, high revving and fun. It’s also the company’s best seller since the 2nd Gen of 1991, and so has spawned dozens of trim levels with all kinds of options, from the no-frills commuter level, the Birdie, to the original sports staple, the Eagle, and more recently, the Touring trims with more premium aspirations in the Albatross, complete with extra cylinders (and more popular in Sedan form), and of course, the racing trophy version of that, the Condor, which has since gone on to be developed with its own unique chassis.
But we’re here to talk about the original trim, the GTi, the spec closest to the spirit of the original Fore GTi, unveiled in 1982. Since then, the hot hatch market has become extremely demanding, both in terms of performance and creature comforts. Not simply needing to be versatile to seat five and be chuckable, it now needs all the latest and greatest gear, Bluetooth, USB, all the airbags etc.
While all the time reticent to betray their budget roots, Armada have responded in kind, hence the Eagle GTi comes with a six-speaker system and all the standard issue that comes with a regular C-section/compact. But as usual, it is in the performance that the emphasis lies. With a slightly destroked 1.8L i4, it brings the best of both worlds, with turbo power and a screaming 9100rpm and produces 340bhp on 95RON, this is one of the most powerful FWD hatches for road use. True to form, Armada insisted on using a simpler suspension system, without controllable modes, so you get the one true feel for the car whether you’re on the road, highway or track. With a six speed manual, this one is for the real driver, with a committed, involved experience that pushes you as hard as you push it, all the way to sub-8 minutes on Green Hell. Yet at the same time, it’s designed to seat 5 adults with the same kind of comfort you’d expect with a regular road car, with decent fuel economy.
The Eagle GTi will be sold at around a 60% markup, for about 27k AMU. Being made in the UK, it will probably cost closer to 29k USD after importation costs in the US, and 43k AUD after taxation in Australia.