As we wind down our tribute for front wheel drive cars this week, it’s only right that we finish up with FWD-themed reader poll.
We’ve gathered up some of the most important, popular, and exciting front-driven vehicles in automotive history and now it’s time for you guys to pick the best.
Which models made the cut? Read below to find out and make your pick.
Mini Cooper S (Original)
The original Mini redefined what was possible in a small car and instantly became one of the world’s most iconic vehicles. The performance-bred S model quickly became a favorite among rally and club racers across the world.
MINI Cooper S (Modern)
Decades later, the new BMW-built MINI took the character of the original Mini and adapted it to the 21st century. The S models once again won over enthusiasts with their supercharged and later turbocharged powerplants and responsive handling.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.I
When Volkswagen launched the GTI in 1976 it changed the image of FWD cars and helped create the “hot hatch” market. It’s simply one of the most important enthusiast cars in history.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.II
VW followed up the groundbreaking Mk.I GTI with the Mk. II – made even more enticing with its available 16 valve and even supercharged powerplants.
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk.I
Just as the Karmann Ghia was to the Beetle, the Scirocco served as a stylish, more exotic counterpart to the basic Golf. Giugiaro styling helped make the original Scirocco a classic.
Volkswagen Corrado VR6
As the 1990s approached, the new VW Corrado arrived to take the Scirocco’s place. In addition to very distinct styling, the Corrado would be paired with Volkswagen’s unique and potent VR6 engine.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk.7
The latest seventh generation Golf GTI is a symbol of how much the GTI has advanced over the last few decades. It’s the same formula as the original, but updated for modern times.
Volkswagen Scirocco R
Beginning in 2008, VW brought the Scirocco back to its lineup. It shares underpinnings with the Golf, but once again brings very distinct styling to the mix. The 265 horsepower R Model is the hottest of the bunch.
Renault Sport Mégane
One of the things makes a great FF car is being able to compete directly with its AWD and RWD rivals. Many would say that’s been the case for the Renault Sport Mégane.
Ford Focus RS Mk.1
In the late 1990s Ford introduced the Focus – a replacement for the beloved Escort. Like the Escort before it, the Focus soon found its way to enthusiasts’ hearts with hot models like the RS.
Ford Focus RS500
With production to limited to just 500 units, the RS500 is the ultimate Focus. It has 345 horsepower on tap, making it one of the most the hard core FWD performance cars of all time.
Peugeot 205 GTI
One of Peugeot’s entries into the FWD enthusiast market, the stylish 205 GTI soon established itself as one of Europe’s great affordable performance machines.
Honda CR-X SiR
It’s doubtful that any company has contributed as much to the world of exciting FWD cars as Honda. The B16A-powered EF CR-X SiR is just one of their great FF machines.
Honda Civic SiR EG6
The EG6 took the proven underpinnings and DOHC VTEC powerplant from the EF series and brought things into the ’90s. Now more than 20 years old, the EG will forever be a favorite among Honda fans.
Honda/Acura Integra Type R DC2
But when it comes to great Hondas, there may be no topping the almighty Type R badge. More than a decade and a half after it came out the DC2 Integra Type R is still one of the most sought after and respected FF cars in the world.
Honda Civic Type R EK9
Everything said about the Integra Type R can also be applied to its cousin the EK9 Civic Type R. It’s a car that’s still considered by many to be the greatest Civic of all time.
Honda Civic Type R FD2
An extra set of doors did nothing to hurt the Civic Type R’s credentials when the FD2 was released in 2007. The FD2 was capable of lap times that would put many traditional performance cars to shame.
Nissan Sentra SE-R B13
Nissan may not be have quite the same FF reputation as Honda, but the company has made some very good front-drive cars over the years. One of them is the B13 Sentra SE-R. With simple styling and SR20DE power under the hood, many saw the SE-R as a reincarnation of the Datsun 510.
Dodge Shelby Omni GLH
When Carroll Shelby’s name began appearing on FWD Chrysler products in the ’80s, people were a bit confused. Once they saw what cars like the Omni GLH and even hotter GLH-S were capable of, they got it. The GLH-S made 175 horsepower – insane numbers for a FWD car in 1986.
Ford Taurus SHO (1st Generation)
Also representing the USA is the original Ford Taurus SHO. With a 220 horsepower Yamaha-tuned V6 under the hood, the SHO was not only one of the quickest sedans of its era, but also one of the best sleepers of all time.
Alfa Romeo GTV
Among Italy’s contributions to the world of exciting FWD motoring is the Alfa Romeo GTV. The unique Alfa styling should go without mention, but the GTV Cup version also won over serious weekend racers when it was released.
Vauxhall Astra VXR
Hot Hatches make up a large portion of this list, and Vauxhall’s take on the genre is the Astra VXR – one of the most powerful cars in the segment and another one that redefines FWD performance.
Renault Clio Williams
When speaking of hot hatches, Renault’s Clio Williams is another one of the greats. It’s 147ps may not be a lot by today’s standards, but it in 1993 it helped make the Clio Williams an instant winner.
Renault Sport Clio Trophy
Like it’s predecessor the Clio Williams, the RS Clio Trophy is another car that could be in the hot hatch hall of fame (HHHOF as I like to call it). Very limited production numbers have also secured the Trophy’s place in history.
Fiat 500 Abarth
Last but not least. we have the Abarth version of the Fiat 500. Retro looks, go kart handling, and boost? What’s not to like.
Now comes the hardest part. Choosing one of these cars! Good luck.
I'm surprised they didn't put the Juke on here. It may not be pretty, but the fwd turbo version is a TON of fun.
No Nissan Pulsar JN15 VZ-R N1???? SR16VE one of the most powerful naturally aspirated cars. Disappointed. Even beat a Civc Type R Stock vs Stock.
FWD DSM? Anything FWD 4g63 has my vote. I know most DSM's of note are of the AWD persuasion, but there are PLENTY of FWD's running big hp. And with the 2g being dual a-arm, it has loads of grip when equipped properly. I mean, I think we all know A.Brilliant's car.
The Honda Integra Type R is for me the best, fastest, and one of the most beautiful fwd cars ever. Glad a lot of you share my oppinioun.
Voted for the clio williams, My second has got to be the original mini cooper s. Yes the Honda's have an intoxictaing v-tec but the Clio williams is just so simple and just a fun if not more fun. Tough choice though
Voted for Clio Williams (yeah yeah yeah, I'm french...) even if I love the 205 (un sacré numéro) and the Honda Integra.
But, you've forgotten a real legend in France the R5 Alpine Turbo (http://fr.academic.ru/pictures/frwiki/82/R5_Alpine_Turbo_2009-05-21.jpg)
Another question, what is the fastest?
On a strip? Focus RS500.
On a track Mégane RS.
I've owned two B13 SE-Rs over the years but I don't know if I would call it legendary. Definitely a great car and I loved mine but my vote went to the DC2. I would love to have one in my garage.
My favourite is an EP3 but since you guys seem to have accidentally missed it had to go with the MK1 golf
this is a really too hard selectoon of front wheel drive but how the hondas are my favorites and the EK its my sweety in coupe but its the same i give my vote to her, even when her cousing the integra is winning they are hondas and hondas rules! of course..
Top 3 IMO1. DC2 Type R - My favorite FWD, not a huge fan of hatch backs 2. EK9 Type R - GTI Mk II is that you? 3. GTI Mk I - God father of FWD cars
Not a huge fan of the Méganes, performs great from what i hear. But It's just not a pretty sight
Current GTIs fall short of my expectations but are excellent daily drives, good all roundersLate 90s Type R Civic/Integras? Amazing, Current generation of Civics? Rubbish
Little known fact: The Mercury version of the Taurus SHO, The Mercury Sable AIV was much faster and much more of a sleeper.
google it, youll smile.
too bad its a unicorn these days.
Should have had more Mopars, Neon ACR and SRT-4 deserve a mention. Props though, I expected you guys to overlook Chrysler's innovations in front-drive performance completely.
Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.6 HF Variante 1016 Yes, it was FWD.
Saab 96 This goes right up with the first mini
The mighty Citroen DS wasn't all beauty.
Mégane RS. Maybe the next CTR will have the potential, to beat it.
The choice wold've been harder for me, if the sporty version of the "most practical Golf" (Octavia RS) was on the list.
DC2 check, Golf II GTI 16v check. Too bad my other two cars that I own (owned) didnt make in this list - Honda Civic Type-R EP3 and Toyota Corolla GT AE82
Yes, I voted for the DC2 Integra, but I can't believe the original mini doesn't have more votes, I weep for this generation =P
The FD2R is not that well known in the west since the west had the inferior FN2. Thus the low % voted here but in the east, it's easily the weapon of choice on the track for FF drive and NA fans. It's better than all previous type R barring NSX-R aside in terms of handling and power plant, with the best K20A engine (different engine compared to the DC5R and CL7R), very aggressive caster that makes it behave like a RWD. It was Honda going all out and being recognized for their efforts.
Over here at the Sepang International Circuit, seeing the FD2R beating Evos, STI and even the S2K is a common occurrence.
Ah yes, I am a fan..I bought mine 3 years ago and intend to keep it for life. :)
I voted DC2, however I have owned a mk1 golf, mk2 golf, mk2 jetta vr6, and pretty much every small sporty car renault make is brilliant in my eyes (bar the wind), for me its all about the cars I saw winning races, none more than the integra DC5 in the BTCC. Hence my choice of its ancestor. That and I want one so bad compared to my MGF VVC
Sorry guys, you know i loves you, and would never normally say anything this trollish, but this is a retarded list. No Lancia Fulvia? No Saab 96? No Volvo 850 t5r? No Traction Avant? 2CV? In fact no Citroens at all???
...but not as retarded as the voting. The Mini - the REAL Mini - in 4th place? Shame on you. Come on now.
Sorry, you seriously lost my respect with this. You missed a car that was among the top 5 handling FF cars for every single year it was produced after 1988, and that's the HONDA PRELUDE. Mechanical 4WS, helical LSD, 2.2l VTEC engine with more hp and torque than any Civic SI/Type R ever made. Sure it was a little heavier but that only lowered its 1/4mi time not its handling.
Why is it you name 5 different versions of the generic Civic but neglect this? Doesn't anyone on SH remember BMI's Roaring VTEC? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEplS0gs7jc - 44:00 in. Then they have it again, beating an S2K on a touge - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7JjvHqEEM8 - JUN PRELUDE VS the MCR S2K.
C'mon SH, you know cars better than this!
I feel one car is missing here! What about the Renault 5 gt turbo?? you have the clio williams and the peougot 205 so i dont understand how the 5 got missed out?
"...DC2 Integra Type R is still one of the most sought after and respected FF cars in the world."
If not the only "sought after and respected FF car in the world". But it would exist if it wasn't for the EG6 chassis on which it is based on, which in turn wouldn't exist without the EF-chassis Civic...and like always, the EF-chassis Civic is nowhere to be found, whether it's an SH poll or a video game, and that's a shame. How can something be so "sought after and respected" in one variation is so underrated in another? But maybe it's a good thing. It will always remain in the shadow of the CRX, which is probably the only OTHER contender for the "most sought after and respected FF car in the world".
"The FD2 was capable of lap times that would put many traditional performance cars to shame."
FD2 lapped Suzuka Circuit faster than Lancer Evo VI, Skyline GT-R (BNR34), RX-7 (FD3S), NSX (NA1, '91), and Ferrari 550 Maranello, and that's a testament not only in the handling department (with Honda ditching the double-wishbone suspension up front for generic MacPherson struts), but in flat-out speed as well.
Why did you miss the fact, that Peugeot 205 is 30 years old this year !!
I'd like to see more french cars here
Must be the original mini.
Before that, fwd was a mere curiosity used by citroen and widely disregarded for handling purposes..
I would've liked it if cars from the year 2000 and above were excluded but well..Voted voor de VW Golf mk1, like the 205 gti and also like the Vauxhall Nova/Opel Corsa A (not included here)
tough poll. i love those old Type Rs, and the first Focus RS, but in the end I went with the Clio Williams
So there is not a single automobile expert anywhere in the website staff or viewer pool?
Where is the Lotus Elan M100?
.4 seconds quicker to 60 MPH than the Integra Type R.
.2 seconds quicker in the quarter mile than the Integra Type R.
Universally acclaimed by every single automotive magazine as THE BEST HANDLING FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CAR IN HISTORY.
Wow, I can't believe the DC2 is winning but such as large margin. I own Hondas and I still can guarantee that if you drove an RS500 and an ITR back to back on the street and on the track, all but the hardcore fanbois would choose the RS500. But, given that we don't get that car in the U.S., I guess I understand.
Without a doubt the Type R Integra tops my list. I still lust after them. But I would love to take that Fiat 500 Abarth on. Just build a razors edge street/track car out of it.