Just to quickly put things into perspective, the current Audi RS3 is faster around the Nurburgring than a Pagani Zonda, The Honda Civic Type R is faster around the Nurburgring than a Nissan R35 GT-R and the current Renault Megan R.S. is quicker around the Nurburgring the lot and even quicker than a Lamborghini Murcielago and even Bugatti Veyron!
But why exactly is this?
A lot of it has to do with demand in the market and where in the lineup these hot-hatches are placed. Hot-Hatches of today are usually the racing and performance-orientated variants of the standard road-going car and they have been updated each year with new models offering even more power, clever performance features than the last and each automotive manufacturer is competing with their competitors as well which means that over time these little hot-hatches essentially become really competitive performance cars.
Furthermore, they have an advantage as well: Yes, they do not have a V12 under the hood and can't do 0-60MPH in sub 3 second times but they are significantly lighter which makes them far quicker around a circuit!
Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel: Driven Media on Why Hot-Hatches Are Now Faster Than Old Supercars...
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