fwd ****box, next.
It used to be that these small cars at least had a respectable drive train. Alfa Romeo GTV, Triumph TR6, MGB GT, Miata, original Mini, Renault 5 Turbo 2, etc. AWD would be better, too bad homologation was eliminated to take the fun out of motorsports. Street legal Fiesta RS please.
It's a 2600lb, FWD, affordable, fun hatch.... what 'merits' do you have for more horsepower, much less 50?
2500lb, rwd, affordable, fun sports car with an easily tuned v8. What we used to get with 180 hp, only because it was restricted.
2600lb is not light, so more power. Wake me when its 2200 or less. We had 180hp, or near that, 2600lb cars in the 80s, at least they had rwd and didn't look like ****.