Mention the Peugeot 205 amongst a list of modern hatchbacks and you will most likely be laughed out of the building by the majority of today’s youth. The fact of the matter remains that despite the 205 being shunned by the majority of teen drivers, the very name itself will spark feelings of joy, enthusiasm and excitement in the hearts of a small number of nostalgic middle aged adults, not to mention the more car enthusiastic kids of the 80’s. However this is no ordinary Peugeot we are talking about, this is the infamous Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9.
The precision in the aesthetic qualities of the car were reflected in its technical specifications. The 1.9 GTI model boasted around 130 bhp, but with a weight of only 875kg the car packed more of a punch than Mike Tyson, giving a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds. This combined with hard track-style suspension and brakes meant that the car handled like it was on rails and gave a taste of supercar-esque performance to the less affluent car enthusiast. This was no ordinary driving experience, the interior was plasticky and sported half-leather bucket seats. The ride comfort was somewhat compromised by the bigger potholes when driving through the town centre, however out on the open road it was in its element. Ducking and diving through country lanes gave an experience that can only be likened to your first time riding Nemesis at Alton Towers! It was no frills motor-sport, it was raw un-harnessed energy, and for these reasons deserves an eternal place in the hot hatch hall of fame.
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