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The Ford Focus RS was my favorite new track car — but now I like it on the road (F)

Ah, the "hot hatch." It has a history that dates to the early 1970s, according to "Top Gear." But for most auto enthusiasts, the original smoldering hatchback was the VW GTI. It showed up in the US during the Reagan administration and knocked everybody's Chuck Taylors off, with a whopping 90 horsepower. The era of the hot hatch had begun. Dozens of these peppy little savages, in many cases raced in competition as rally cars, hit the scene.
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