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205 GTi

205 GTi (France, 1984)

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History, Development and General Characteristics

Peugeot developed a performance version of its conventional 205 model, the GTI, which came out in 1984. The earliest GTIs were available only with a 1.6-liter petrol engine, but a new alternative was given in 1986 when Peugeot added a 1.9-liter unit to the GTI’s engine options available.

Although the 205 GTI never reached the North American car market, its European popularity was so great that it eventually grew to be one of the most admired hot hatches of the 1980’s.
This GTI, however, is often considered to have a tricky handling that is most indicated for experienced and confident drivers.
Peugeot stopped producing and selling the 205 GTI in 1994 (although the standard form of the 205 remained until 1998) with nearly 333 thousand units built.



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Engine and Transmission

The earliest Peugeot 205 GTIs were built with a 1.6-liter engine that produced 103 hp, which was later increased to 114 hp, and could achieve a top speed of 118 mi/h (190 km/h).
From 1986, Peugeot began offering as well a 1.9-liter engine, made alongside with the 1.6 L unit, which reached its top speed at 128 mi/h (206 km/h). This stronger engine initially produced 130 hp, which was later reduced to 122 hp due to the use of the catalyser. However, later modifications in the 1.9-liter GTIs allowed them to actually deliver more then 200 hp, thanks to the use of turbo and superchargers.
The 205 GTI is driven by its front wheels and through a 5-speed manual transmission.



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Chassis

  Platform (no data)   Suspension suspension was redesigned and sat lower on the GTI with stiffer springs, different wishbones and a drop-linked arb (o resto ver na geração)   Steering Rack-and-pinion.   Brakes While the 1.9-liter-engined GTI has all-round disc brakes, the 1.6-liter version comes with front discs and rear drums.



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Body and Design

The Peugeot 205 GTI is a 3-door hatchback with very slight bodywork differences from the standard 205 model, such as wider wheel arches in order to accommodate the GTI’s larger wheels.
A cabriolet version of the 205 derived from the GTI by using most of its features – the CTi, which comes with a soft top.



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Peugeot launched its supermini model 205 in 1983 and it was an immediate hit in the European car markets. The car became so popular that it is currently considered a modern classic by many. The 205 is also largely recognized as the one model that saved the company’s finances in the 1980’s with its successful sales. Several variants of this modern classic have been made from the original car, with engine modifications, including the performance GTI version. When Peugeot stopped ...  more
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