Aston Martin DBF Is the Hot Hatch the British Company Needs to Compete with Mercedes

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Photo: X-Tomi Design
All three premium German manufacturers offer hot hatchbacks that more or less redefined the word "amazing" over the past three years. The Audi RS3 has the perfect 2.5-liter soundtrack; the BMW M135i performs RWD shenanigans and the Mercedes A45… well, it's very fast.
Out of these three companies, it's Mercedes-AMG that rewrote the book. Before models like the A45 and CLA45, there were no 4-cylinder engines made by the AMG division. Due to the insane launch control and Mitsubishi EVO-like power density, these became must-have toys for the people who could afford them.

Of course, a traditional RWD coupe like the Porsche Cayman is still going to be more enjoyable. But many customers just want the newest thing, the fad car. That could be the reason why Aston Martin's more traditional approach is failing.

To stay ahead of the curb, the British company should ask their old pals at Ford for one of their Focus RS hot hatchbacks. The latest generation doesn't have the 5-cylinder engine that the old one did, but it can still match the Audi in the aural department. Also, EcoBoost technology ensures oodles and oodles of power, though not as much as the A45.

There's still a connection going on between Ford and Aston Martin, even though their umbilical cord was severed a long time ago. While the American brand has been criticized for making grilles that look like they belong on a Vantage, the Brits have their V12 heirlooms.

It was probably very easy for X-Tomi to render the Ford Focus RS as the "Aston Martin DBF RS." A new grille and some wheels are all it took. Despite being a family hatchback on steroids, the Focus is probably faster than the early V8 Vantage models. Not only does it pack all-wheel-drive but it also has a drift mode for when you are feeling playful.

Although strange, the idea of taking a car from another company and selling it as an Aston Martin is feasible. They did it with the Toyota iQ, but that project wasn't met with much success. So what do you guys think: would Aston benefit from having a rival for the A45 AMG or RS3?
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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