Among the purely utilitarian and brutal Turbo 16 Group B versions he exploded sportiness Peugeot 205 with high performance these pumps: the GTi Rally.
In the early eighties the technical and marketing departments Sochaux were accelerated. the Peugeot 205 enter the scene in 1983 and you would with unusual force. French conservative brand He had a utilitarian She coming through the eyes: modern, cool, self-assured, reliable, practical and economical. It had everything to put a stop to veterans Renault 5 and Ford Fiesta, to the new Opel Corsa and Fiat Uno and he was ahead of the Seat Ibiza and Citroen AX. The segment B referred market wore red hot.
That same year, on February 23, Jean Todt, maximum team leader competition, sports unveiled plans brand. Neither more nor less, raised attack the World Rally Championship and the todopoderas brands Audi, Lancia and Renault with derivative Peugeot 205. He sees the light 16 and the Turbo engine prototype central rear supercharged four drive wheels.
Meanwhile, in the commercial arena, and the expectations were fulfilled: the multipurpose small Peugeot 205 was a success. The basic versions were sold like hotcakes and robustness of the frame incited to exploit further. Those were the years in which an acronym revolutionized the automotive market. GTI began to be synonymous with high performance and strong emotions. Starting from a core model, the VW Golf had led to the current driver the essence of sport coupes inaccessible. The GTI worked formula and each manufacturer developed it from different perspectives. Renault and Fiat resorted to effect turbo; then Volkswagen would pull itself also compressor for Polo model, and Peugeot continued injection although they had not forgotten carburetors lifetime.
Peugeot 205 GTi arrives
And so, 1984, he Ari Vatanen year he swept in rallies with Turbo 16, Peugeot launched the 205 GTi. initially provided the 1600 engine (XU-5J type) with inyección Bosch L-Jetronic and 105 CV, brought lacked the verve that common variants. The "sexapil" it gave both aletines of the wheel arches, the bumper with integrated fog lights pilots, subtle rear aleroncito and alloy wheels, as 190 km / h top announcing. Nimble and a amazing motor skills, I enjoyed a cheerful engine and a reinforced frame, provided with firmer suspensions, widened roads (4 mm in front and 3 rear) stabilizer and a larger diameter effective ventilated discs on the front.
A deciduous Renault 5 Turbo Cup and Ford Fiesta XR2, 1600 of the Peugeot 205 GTi put them into question, but lacked bite in front of the new generation Renault R5 GT Turbo (115 hp) 1985 and VW Golf II GTi 1.8 16 valves (139 hp) 1986. In late 1986, the French company was removed from the hat the 205 1.9 GTi 130 hp.
Beyond marketing, the renewed Peugeot 205 had already sportiness expected of him and allowed his excellent frame. It was no longer nervous fast utilitarian, but a authentic matagigantes able to exceed 200 km / h at a high pace and more docile if possible manner. Under almost the same appearance of 1600, had a front suspension with new set-ups, one thicker rear stabilizer, larger wheels (6 x 15 inches) and disc brakes on all four wheels.
Eugenio Fernandez and his daughter Andrea know them by heart. For her Madrid workshop (Eficar) Have spent a few and in addition to this perfect example of "Efi" you know like the atmosphere of the Carreras, Andrea has her own for everyday use. As if that were not enough, father and daughter participate in rallies with 205 'Maxi' of running in France and now rub shoulders with the past Mitsubishi Evo, BMW and even Porsche. But back to drunken behavior and 205 GTi brilliant performance. With only 908 kg of weight and fine tuning of the frame, the effectiveness remains fascinating. On expressways, stable, fast and secure. He engine pushes hard almost from the 2,000 laps and has pull to 6,000. A tourist pace, it goes just dip into the gear selector. Frena well, it is reasonably comfortable, sports seats in posture is irreproachable and offers the utmost confidence when it comes to ride fast.
It is in mousetraps areas brings out its many virtues, and their defectillos small, as the hardness of the direction (Until 1990 has no power assistance and optionally from series 1992). In this area, it shows nerve and takes advantage of the close-ratio change, the elasticity of its 130 hp and their ability to drive. The pace can be endiablado with this Peugeot 205 GTi. Hence its success in rallying. Short battle, playing with light and inertia, provides strong reactions ideal for driving "pilot". thus going which is what pide- easy to reverse any hint of understeer in a progressive and effective oversteer in tight corners. The precise steering and power brakes put the icing to take on the right track, especially enjoying the wheel.
Comes the Peugeot 205 Rallye
But alas !, old age, smallpox; Y booming injection, Peugeot returned to dip into the hat and pulled out another white rabbit (sic) ... of ... carburetion! Yes, the old way, with two Weber "fat" and surname clear and direct: Rally. The goal was reach audiences younger and mettlesome. A 1987 205 1.9 GTi cost 2,035,000 pesetas, a bit budget amount for a twenty. 205 Rallye went on sale for 1,365,000 pesetas, cheaper even than a Citroen AX Sport (1,611,000), a Fiat Uno Turbo (1,550,000), an Opel Corsa GSi (1,483,000) Seat Ibiza or SXi (1,505,000).
He Peugeot 205 Rallye He was stripped of all ballast dispensable, like electric windows, central locking, air conditioning and even rear view mirror right. His older brother inherited the contrasted front axle, rear torsion bars, the ventilated disc brakes front and excellent sports seats. As for the engine, it was enough to block the Citroen AX Sport Cup, a pair of horizontal Weber 40, a diagram of distribution and very crossover valves for larger diameter out of 1,294 cc 103 hp. What wheels shod with 5,5''x 13 '' and 165/70 tires with short, closed developments. And voilà ... they had a small bomb, a hare, one area that twisty shingles must be many flats and horses to follow behind.
East Peugeot 205 Rallye was the first racing car Jaime Castán and Eugenio "Efi" at that rally co-driver on the roads where we have now returned to our report. Without being soothsayer intuits the behavior of this featherweight. With a tuned to the maximum frame after years of racing experience, no wonder nothing verve and nerve you have. In fact, It took over from the GTi rally, and despite the mechanical difference, he did not escape except plain and clear roads. In the comparison MOTORWAY took our magazine in 1989, the GTi only outstripped the Rallye in 42 hundredths of a second in acceleration 1,000 meters. Then the Short developments limited the maximum speed: 203 km / h compared to 188.2 of toddler.
But in sections, the Peugeot 205 Rallye lives up to its name, enters more easy curve, slows and recovers more vividly, and It retains the excellent traction of its congener. With short and closed development, it is a game maintaining 1,300 cargo area, between 4,000 and 6,500 laps. Under that regime, as cross-distribution makes it quite lazy. In short, He had and still has that spark and balance that makes it extremely effective and, above all, fun to drive highly.
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