Past Masters: Even After 30 Years, The Peugeot 205 GTi Is Still A Blast

Along with the original Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Peugeot 205 GTi caused a giant stir among driving enthusiasts. In fact, it was so good that people still rate it highly, more than 30 years later.

The simpleness of the design, combined with a lower ground clearance than the regular 205s, stiffer suspension and a peppy (for the time) engine are all key ingredients of the 205 GTi.

By today’s standards, having a 105 horsepower, 1.6-liter mill in a car is considered as not enough. However, the French hot hatch tipped the scales at under 2,000 lbs (900 kg), and this made it very agile: 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.7 seconds and a 116 mph (187 km/h) top speed.

Also Watch: Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 Is The Iconic Retro Hot Hatch

Officially, the 205 GTi never made to the U.S. market; a fewwere, however, imported from Europe by enthusiasts. Some chose to swap the engine for something more modern and powerful, which had the downside of making the car loose a part of its special character. Others decided that the original XU5J is more than enough and everything it really needs, aside from putting the throttle down, is TLC and some polishing every now and then, And they’re not wrong.

But what good is to talk about a classic hot hatch when we cannot see it in action? Luckily, we can, with the video review, filled with facts and a video game-like entry, coming from RegularCars. So, if you’re a petrolhead, you know you want to scroll down and click the play button.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    …which had the downside of making the car loose a part of its special character.

    Oh ffs people. It’s L-O-S-E.
    It takes a special kind of looser to keep trying to change the dictionary to suit their own inability to spell correctly.

  • 2PacOfCarscoop

    why are we going back in time… Future..SQ8§

    • Adam

      This is definitely more interesting than a bloody run of the mill Audi.

    • Bash

      Stop it already at once young man!

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    You would of too, if I let you.

  • XtremWize

    The Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 was much faster and more powerful than the 1.6.

    • dufonrafal .

      But the 1.6 has more character.

  • Regular Car Reviews are usually a hit or miss thing, and this one is a big hit. Very cool.

    The only complaint would be, as XtremWize pointed out, 1.9 GTI should have been mentioned. But, then again, maybe the Rally edition should have been mentioned… Oh, well. Great review, madness to the minimum, quirky and much love for the 205…

  • PlonPlon

    My dad had two, and they were fun and trendy to drive back then! I was a teenager! Good times 🙂

  • Thegunof42 88’s

    I have a big suspicion that people here really don’t have any idea what Regular Car Reviews is about huh…

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