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.