The Volkswagen GTI is widely considered the first (well, there were some before it) really popular modern hot hatch as we know them: an economy car tweaked by the factory to be a sports car, of sorts. Interestingly, VW actually played with the idea of turning a cheap car into a sports car the year before the GTI, with what is likely the only factory-built truly performance-enhanced variant of the Beetle: the 1974-1975 1600S Bizorrão.

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