10. Mazda 323 GTX
An icon to some, to many more it’s an utter unknown. The Mazda 323 GTX is an homologation car, built in limited quantities in order for Mazda to compete in Group A rallying.
It’s not a romantic story, but the car that was offered to the public could make car fans swoon thanks to its all-wheel drive setup and turbocharged 1.6L engine which made 132 hp, and could put the little hatch into 60 mph territory in about 8 seconds – not bad for a car from the 1980s.
Due to its rarity and turbocharged engine, the GTX became an underground icon amongst tuners.
Perhaps Mazda will some day repeat this wild package, delivering a more traction-friendly version of its popular Mazdaspeed3 in honor of the rally special 323 GTX. There’s always hope!