As an owner of a R5T2 I can say it is most certainly NOT the hottest hot hatch ever made simply because there are some bizarre one-off’s such as home built, twin gas engine hot hatch creations as well as hatches like BMW’s 4 motor, 4WD Electric Mini’s sitting on the planet somewhere. But the R5T2 does something better then almost any car ever made. It gives good backside. It makes Lambo’s look like a minivan. You bring one of these to a cars and coffee and watch the other cars get ignored. I don’t care what you bring out of the garage, a R5T in the wild is like bringing a gun to a knife fight. They are both shocking in their dimensions as well as oddly appealing to all genders and age groups. As approachable in vibe as cute 60’s micro cars and yet pumped up on steroids like some puppy that got into it’s owners private stash. These cars do not turn off the general public the way many doorstop shaped exotic cars do. And only the most hard core of “car people” know what they are so when someone approaches you announcing “I know what this is!” you KNOW they are true enthusiasts. R5T’s are the filter that separates the hardcore from the pretender. I cannot think of another car at even 3 times the price, new or old, that can elicit such a response when in the public. It takes me 30 minutes the fuel up at the gas station just because of all the questions that inevitably arise… I have to plan ahead accordingly. Surprisingly parts, ALL PARTS, are readily available. Granted you need to figure out a bit of French… but it’s worth it when you turn the key. The “Little Box of French Hate” got it’s nickname for a reason.