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Top 10: 4x4 performance cars

It began in the ’60s, became widespread in the ’80s and is still a major part of the performance car market. Yes, we’re talking about the all-wheel drive road car, the machine that combines strong performance with the kind of tenacious grip that leaves two-wheel drive rivals struggling to keep up.

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Subaru Impreza Turbo

When the first turbocharged Impreza arrived in 1994, it marked a major turning point for Subaru. With four-wheel drive grip combined with a mighty 208bhp from its flat-four engine, the Impreza Turbo generated headlines. And at £17,500 it was a whole £5k cheaper than the Escort Cosworth, making this super saloon (or hatch) an absolute bargain at the time.

Top speed was 137mph, while the Impreza’s 0-60 time of 5.8 seconds was described by Autocar as “one that tops the Escort Cosworth, Integrale and, just to shut the snide boys up, the Porsche 968 as well”.


peter hughes    on 23 April 2018

and the Porsche 959 .............????

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