Peugeot 205

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Peugeot 205
3-door (facelift)
DesignerGerard Welter
Body and chassis
ClassSupermini (B-segment)
Body style
RelatedPeugeot 309
Wheelbase2,420 mm (95 in)[2]
2,540 mm (100.0 in) (205 T16)[3]
Length3,705 mm (145.9 in)[2]
3,820 mm (150.4 in) (205 T16)[3]
Width1,562–1,572 mm (61.5–61.9 in)
1,589 mm (62.6 in) (GTI/CTI)[2]
1,700 mm (66.9 in) (205 T16)[3]
Height1,350–1,376 mm (53.1–54.2 in)[2]
1,354 mm (53.3 in) (GTI/205 T16)[2][3]
1,381 mm (54.4 in) (Cabriolet)[2]
Curb weight740–935 kg (1,631.4–2,061.3 lb)[2] (excluding 205 T16)

The Peugeot 205 is a supermini (B-segment) car produced by the French manufacturer Peugeot from 1983 to 1999.

It was declared "car of the decade" by CAR Magazine in 1990.[4] It also won What Car?'s Car of the Year for 1984.

The 205 was developed from 1977 as Projet M24, and introduced on 25 February 1983 as a replacement for the Peugeot 104 and Talbot Samba.[4] It ended production in 1998, to be replaced by the Peugeot 206.


5-door (pre-facelift)
3-door (pre-facelift)
Cabriolet (pre-facelift)

Before the 205, Peugeot was considered the most conservative of France's "big three" car manufacturers, producing large saloons such as the 504 and 505, although it had entered the modern supermini market in 1973 with the Peugeot 104. The genesis of the 205 lay within Peugeot's takeover in 1978 of Chrysler's European divisions Simca and the former Rootes Group, which had the necessary expertise in making small cars including the Simca 1100 in France and Hillman Imp in Britain. It was around this time that Peugeot began to work on the development of a new supermini for the 1980s.

It was launched on 24 February 1983, and was launched in right-hand drive form for the UK market in September that year.[5] Shortly after its launch, it was narrowly pipped to the European Car of the Year award by the similar sized Fiat Uno, but ultimately (according to the award organizers) it would enjoy a better image and a longer high market demand than its Italian competitor.[6] It was one of five important small cars to be launched onto the European market within a year of each other: the other four were the Uno, the second generation Ford Fiesta, the original Opel Corsa (sold as the Vauxhall Nova on the British market) and the original Nissan Micra. Its launch also closely followed that of the Austin Metro and Volkswagen Polo Mk2.

The styling of the 205 is often thought to be a Pininfarina design, although Gerard Welter claims that it is an in-house design; Pininfarina only styled the Cabriolet.[7] It is often credited as the car that turned Peugeot's fortunes around.

The fully independent suspension used the now standard PSA Peugeot Citroën layout that had debuted in the Peugeot 305 estate. A key ingredient of the success of the 205, it had MacPherson struts at the front and trailing arms with torsion bars at the rear. The rear suspension was very compact, designed to minimise suspension intrusion into the boot, giving a wide flat loadspace, while providing excellent ride and handling.

Early 205s used the X petrol engine[n 1] from the older Peugeot 104, although these were later (1987–1988) replaced with the newer XU and TU-series engines, which were of PSA design. Engines ranged in displacement from 954 cc to 1905 cc, in carburettor or fuel injected versions.

The diesel models employed the PSA XUD engine, lifted from the Citroën BX which was introduced in September 1982. These engines had a capacity of 1769 cc (XUD7) and 1905 cc (XUD9) and are closely related to the XU5 and XU9 petrol engines in the BX16 and BX19 of the time. The diesel engines were world-beating and so petrol-like that many buyers were won over by petrol car performance combined with diesel economy. For instance, the 205 GRD (1.8 Diesel, 59 bhp (44 kW), 78 lb⋅ft (105.8 N⋅m)) was as fast as, yet smoother than, the 205 GR (1.4 Petrol, 59 bhp (44 kW), 78 lb⋅ft (105.8 N⋅m)), due to the engine developing peak torque at much lower rpm, while using much less fuel.

205 XAD (facelift)
205 XAD panel van (facelift)
Gruau-bodied 205 Multi XA ("VU", two-seater)
205 Terberg

There were various versions intended for commercial use, such as the two-seater XA-series. There was also the "205 Multi", a tall-bodied special version on XA or XE-basis built by independent coachbuilders like Gruau and Durisotti. Gruau called their XA-based two-seater version the "VU", while the five-seat XE-based version was called the "VP". Durisotti began building the 205 Multi in 1986; it was called the "205 Multi New Look".[8]

1990 and onwards[edit]

5-door (facelift)
3-door (facelift)
Cabriolet (facelift)

The 205 was an instant hit, and its styling was echoed in every Peugeot model that was to follow, as well as markedly changing the company's perception with buyers - having long been regarded as the most conservative of France's major manufacturers, and had long been associated with large saloon and station wagon type cars. Such was the success of the 205, its exterior styling was never facelifted or significantly altered in its 15-year production run apart from details. There was a dashboard redesign for the 1988 model year, and in late 1990 the 205 received new door design and cards, clear front indicators, new 'smoked' rear light clusters, single point petrol injection and catalytic converters were introduced, to meet the new 1992 pollution limits. These updates came at a crucial time, as 1990 also saw the arrival of a completely new French competitor, the Renault Clio, while the Rover Metro and Volkswagen Polo were also heavily updated, and Ford had already replaced its Fiesta with a third generation model. Still, the 205 was still widely regarded in the motoring press as the benchmark car in this sector by 1990. Indeed, Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson described the 1990 edition as "an instant modern Classic."[citation needed]

At the beginning of 1993, Peugeot launched the 306, which officially replaced the 309; the arrival of this car also diminished the 205's role (and its sales figures) in the Peugeot range, as had the arrival of the smaller 106 in September 1991 – although the final demise of the 205 was still some years away.

The engines were continuously updated, with the new TU engines introduced in 1988.[9] In 1991, the 205 dTurbo was launched with a powerful turbocharged version of the 1,769 cc xud diesel engine.

After several years of gradually declining sales, the Peugeot 205 was discontinued in the United Kingdom in 1996. The Peugeot 205 was still offered in the "Sacré Numéro" and "Génération" models until the end of the production in 1998. The last models were GLD 1.8 configuration and were sold in Argentina. Most of the later European versions were only sold in France.[10] Due to the pressure from the market, with buyers wanting a Peugeot supermini in the mould of the 205 again, the company finally built a direct replacement in the 206, which was launched in 1998. 5,278,050 Peugeot 205s have been sold, and a significant percentage of them were still in circulation as of 2009. By 2014, there were still as many as 14,000 on the road in the United Kingdom, compared to the peak high of 374,773 in 1994. With potentially as many 400,000 sales in the UK, it became the best selling car ever sold by Peugeot in the UK – although its success was emulated a few years later by the larger 306 and later by the 206. It also helped boost the popularity of the Peugeot brand there, and was at least a factor in Peugeot's decision to phase out the Talbot brand in the mid 1980s when launching new models to be built at the former Rootes Group plant near Coventry and the former Simca plant at Poissy.[11]

The 205 was first available as a GTI in 1984 (the same year that the three-door bodystyle debuted) and was initially powered by a fuel injected 1.6 petrol engine. The 1.9 GTI was launched in 1986 and the 1.9-litre engine was also used in the GTI version of the larger 309. The 205 GTI was discontinued in 1994, by which time Peugeot was producing high performance versions of the 106 and 306.


Type Body style Produced Engine type Fuel Transmission
205 Junior 3/5-door Hatchback 1986–1993 4-cyl 954 cc or 1124cc Petrol Manual
205 Base 5-door Hatchback 1983–1984 4-cyl 954 cc Petrol Manual
205 XE 3-door Hatchback 1985–1992 4-cyl 954 cc or 1124cc Petrol Manual
205 GE 5-door Hatchback 1984–1988 4-cyl 954 cc Petrol Manual
205 Look 3-door Hatchback 1989–1994 4-cyl 1124 cc Petrol Manual
205 Style 3-door Hatchback 1990–1995 4-cyl 1124 cc Petrol Manual
205 Style 5-door Hatchback 1990–1996 4-cyl 1124 cc Petrol Manual
205 XL 3-door Hatchback 1985–1989
4-cyl 954 cc
4-cyl 1124 cc
Petrol Manual
205 XL Automatic 3-door Hatchback 1990–1993 4-cyl 1580 cc Petrol Automatic
205 GL 5-door Hatchback 1983–1993 4-cyl 1124 cc Petrol Manual
205 Rallye 3-door Hatchback 1987–1992 4-cyl 1294 cc Petrol Manual
205 XR 3-door Hatchback 1984–1988
4-cyl 1124 cc
4-cyl 1360 cc
Petrol Manual
205 GR 5-door Hatchback 1983–1992
4-cyl 1360 cc
4-cyl 1124 cc
Petrol Manual
205 SR 5-door Hatchback 1983–1990 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 Automatic 5-door Hatchback 1986–1994
4-cyl 1580 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Petrol Automatic
205 Sunset 5-door Hatchback 1993–1997 4-cyl 1124 cc Petrol Manual
205 XT 3-door Hatchback 1990–1994 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 XS 3-door Hatchback 1986–1992 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 GT 5-door Hatchback 1983–1987
4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 GTX 3-door Hatchback 1986–1991 4-cyl 1592 cc Petrol Manual
205 Roland Garros 3-door Hatchback & 2-door Convertible 1989–1992 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 CJ 2-door Convertible 1986–1994 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 GTi 3-door Hatchback 1984–1994
4-cyl 1580 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Petrol Manual
205 CTi 2-door Convertible 1985–1992
4-cyl 1580 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Petrol Manual
205 Style Diesel 3-door Hatchback 1990–1995 4-cyl 1769 cc Diesel Manual
205 Style Diesel 5-door Hatchback 1990–1996 4-cyl 1769 cc Diesel Manual
205 Green[12] 3/5-door Hatchback 1989–1991 4-cyl 1360 cc Petrol Manual
205 XRD/XSD 3-door Hatchback 1987–1994 4-cyl 1905 cc Diesel Manual
205 XLD 3-door Hatchback 1984–1994 4-cyl 1769 cc Diesel Manual
205 GLD 5-door Hatchback 1983–1994
4-cyl 1769 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Diesel Manual
205 GRD 5-door Hatchback 1983–1994
4-cyl 1769 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Diesel Manual
205 SRD 5-door Hatchback 1987–1990
4-cyl 1769 cc
4-cyl 1905 cc
Diesel Manual
205 DTurbo 3-door Hatchback 1991–1995 4-cyl turbocharged 1769 cc Diesel Manual
205 STDT 3-door Hatchback 1993/1994 4-cyl turbocharged 1769 cc Diesel Manual
205 Gentry 3-door Hatchback 1991–1994 4-cyl 1905 cc Petrol Manual/Automatic
205 XRAD 3-door Commercial Van ?? 4-cyl 1769 cc Diesel Manual


Most of the versions had manual transmission.[2] The 205 had a rather unusual trim level scheme for its models; three-door models (apart from the GTI) were badged 'X' and five-door models were badged 'G'.

Trim levels were:

  • XA and XAD, two-seater commercial versions. There was also the "Multi", tall-bodied special versions built by independents such as Gruau and Durisotti.[8]
  • 1.1 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 54 PS (40 kW; 53 hp), 1124 cc
  • 1.8 litre diesel, 4-cylinder – 59 PS (43 kW; 58 hp), 1769 cc
  • XE/GE, available with:
  • 1.0 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 44 PS (32 kW; 43 hp), 954 cc
  • 1.1 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 54 PS (40 kW; 53 hp), 1124 cc

Five-door versions were badged GE

  • XL/GL, available with:
  • 1.0 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 44 PS (32 kW; 43 hp), 954 cc
  • 1.1 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp), 1124 cc
  • 1.1 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 54–60 PS (40–44 kW; 53–59 hp), 1124 cc (in Spain, 1118 cc Simca/Talbot engine)
  • 1.8 litre diesel, 4-cylinder – 59 PS (43 kW; 58 hp), 1769 cc
  • 1.6 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp), 1580 cc Automatic

Five-door versions were badged GL (Note: The 1.0 litre GL was not offered in the UK). The 1.8 litre GLD diesel model was popular, and What Car? magazine recommended it as a Used Car Buy in August 1992. It was also a Which? magazine best buy for five years running in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was, (and is as a used buy), a better car than the 106 diesel that replaced it.

  • XR/GR, available with:
  • 1.1 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 54–60 PS (40–44 kW; 53–59 hp), 1124 cc (higher output for fuel injected and catalyzed version)
  • 1.2 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 63 PS (46 kW; 62 hp), 1204 cc (GR only, Spain only, Simca/Talbot engine)
  • 1.3 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp), 1294 cc (In Spain, Simca/Talbot engine)
  • 1.4 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 69 PS (51 kW; 68 hp), 1360 cc
  • 1.6 litre petrol, 4-cylinder
  • 1.9 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp), 1905 cc Automatic
  • 1.8 litre diesel – 59 PS (43 kW; 58 hp), 1769 cc

Five-door versions were badged GR. The 1.4 litre GR was a five-door version only, launched in 1986. A 1.4 litre XR three-door was also available, 1991–92.

  • XT, available with:
  • 1.4 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp), 1360 cc (catalyzed)
  • 1.4 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 84 PS (62 kW; 83 hp), 1360 cc (In Spain, Simca/Talbot engine)
  • 1.4 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 83 PS (61 kW; 82 hp), 1442 cc (Spain only, Simca/Talbot engine)
  • XS/GT, available with:
  • 1.3 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp), 1294 cc (Spain only, Simca/Talbot engine)
  • 1.4 litre petrol I4 – 85 bhp 1360 cc TU3S engine.
  • 1.6 litre (1580 cc) petrol

The 5 door model was called the GT, and used the same 1360 cc TU3s engine as the XS (UK)

  • GTX, only available in Spain with:
  • 1.6 litre petrol, 4-cylinder – 94 PS (69 kW; 93 hp), 1592 cc (Simca/Talbot engine)
  • GTX (UK Version), 1993–94.
  • 1,360 cc TU3M/Z PSA engine with Bosch Mono-jetronic injection system with Catalytic converter.
  • Power output (75 bhp) 0–62 mph in 10.6 sec.
  • Fuel consumption (MPG) constant speed driving: 56 mph (90 km/h) = 50.4 mpg‑imp (5.60 L/100 km; 42.0 mpg‑US) & 75 mph (121 km/h) = 38.2 mpg‑imp (7.39 L/100 km; 31.8 mpg‑US).
  • 3 and 5-door versions were available with sliding sunroof, remote central locking, 5 speed MA gearbox.

From 1994, the X/G trim scheme was replaced by Mardi Gras, Colorline, Forever and Accent. 'GT' versions were now offered only in Continental Europe with a 1.6-litre engine; the UK models were badged Mardi Gras. However, GTI versions continued unchanged.

  • SI,
205 SI Automatic

There is also an SI version believed to have been released in Australia and Japan, featuring a 65 kW 1.6 engine with max torque of 132 Nm offered in either 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission, it had styling from the GTI inside and out, were quoted as saying:

"Although the 205 graced Australian shores with the GTi model in 1988, It wasn't until 1992 (with the Japanese Yen rising and memories of the Rainbow Warrior fading) that it made fiscal sense for Peugeot to start selling a version that could compete on price with the Toyota Corolla, which at the time was Australia's biggest selling small car. The SI model, with its 1.6 litre motor, was introduced to do this. Although the 1.6 in the SI was larger than most of the motors in its European siblings, it was regarded as a bit of an escargot in Australia."[13]

High performance variants[edit]

205 GTI/CTI[edit]

Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6
Peugeot 205 CTI

The 1.6 litre GTI was launched in 1984, and came with a XU5J engine, producing 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp), for the 1987 model year the XU5J received the cylinder head with larger valves thus becoming XU5JA. The new engine was quoted for 115 bhp (86 kW; 117 PS). The 1.9 litre GTI came with an XU9JA engine producing 128 PS (94 kW; 126 hp), although later models with a catalytic converter produce 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp). Internally these engines are very similar, the main differences on 1.9 litre versions being the longer stroke, oil cooler, and some parts of the fuel injection system. The shorter stroke 1.6 litre engine is famed for being revvy and eager, while the 1.9 litre feels lazier and torquier. Outside the engine bay the main differences between the 1.6 GTI and the 1.9 GTI are half-leather seats (1.9 GTI) vs. cloth seats (1.6 GTI); and disc brakes all-round (1.9 GTI) vs. discs at the front and drum brakes at the back (1.6 GTI); as well as the 14" alloy (Speedline SL201) wheels (1.6 GTI) vs. 15" (Speedline SL299) alloys (1.9 GTI).

The 205 is still often treated as a benchmark in group car tests of the newest GTI models or equivalent. Peugeot itself has never truly recreated this success in future GTI models, although they came very close with the highly regarded GTI-6 variant of the Peugeot 306. A cabriolet version of the 205, known as the CJ/CT/CTI, was designed and partially assembled by Pininfarina of Italy. The CTI version offered the same plastic arches and wheels as the 1.6 GTI. Some later models incorporated the catalysed 1.9-litre engine.

Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9

The main aesthetic difference between the GTI/CTi versions and other 205 models were the plastic wheel arches and trim, beefier front and rear bumper valances. The shell also underwent some minor changes, including larger wheel arches (to suit the larger wheels on the GTI and CTi), and the suspension was redesigned and sat lower on the GTI with stiffer springs, different wishbones and a drop-linked anti-roll bar.

With the early success of the 205 GTI in Europe, Motor Trend reported in 1984 that Peugeot was seriously considering adding it to its US lineup, even though Peugeot had a more upmarket image in the United States.[citation needed] Nothing ever came of such rumours, however, and any talk of Peugeot expanding its presence in US became moot when the company was forced to pull out in 1991.

Sales of the GTI in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s were badly hit by soaring insurance premiums, brought about by high theft and 'joyriding' of cars of this sort. Increasingly stringent emissions regulations meant the 1.6 GTI went out of production in 1992, while the 1.9-litre was sold for a couple more years thanks to re-engineering of the engine to enable it to work properly with a catalytic converter, which dropped power to 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp).

In October 2020 Peugeot announced that their heritage brand "l'Aventure Peugeot" would make a factory restoration program for the 205 GTI available in 2021 as part of the company's 210th anniversary celebration.[14] This program is intended to be expanded to other Peugeot (and possibly Citroën) models later, but will begin with the 205 GTI as it is one of the most desirable Peugeot built that is also available in large numbers. The cars will be restored to as-new condition, with certain no longer available parts being made on 3D-printers.[14]

Special 205 GTI editions[edit]

Peugeot produced a number of limited edition 205 GTI models over the car's life:

Across 1989–1990, 1200 GTIs were made in the then new colours of Miami blue (bright metallic blue) and Sorrento Green (a very dark pearlescent green). The cars were made in an equal mix of 300 blue 1.6 litre, 300 green 1.6 litre, 300 blue 1.9 litre and 300 green 1.9 litre. The cars had a sliding sunroof, power steering and full grey leather interior as standard, together with grey carpets and doorcards. These paint colours were later added to the list of available colours for mainstream models.

Peugeot 205 1.9 Gentry

The Gentry was a limited edition version of the 205, it had 1.6 GTI suspension combined with a detuned 105 bhp (78 kW; 106 PS) 1.9 litre engine (as fitted to export market GTIs such as those for Australia and Switzerland) but with an automatic gearbox. Only 300 models were made in Sorrento Green and Aztec Gold (sometimes called Mayfair Beige). They came with full leather trim and real wood trim, power steering and heated mirrors in the UK, as well as the same body side trims as the GTI – which led to the Gentry often being mistaken for a GTI.

A production run of 200 limited edition 1.9 GTI cars was commenced in 1991 for the Japanese market. Due to a breakdown in trade negotiations the production run ceased at what was believed to be 33 units which were subsequently sold off to the European market. All the cars were in automatic transmission guise, having power steering sunroof and air conditioning as standard. The Japanese edition was easily identifiable by having the raised bonnet normally attributed to the diesel models. Pepperpot alloys and cloth trim were used, more reminiscent of the 1.6 GTI cars.[citation needed]

The Griffe was a special GTI edition for mainland Europe, and was sold in France, Germany and the Netherlands. It was bright green (called 'Laser' Green or 'Vert Fluorite'[15]), and came equipped with all available vendor options at that time except air-conditioning, but including full black leather interior, ABS, power steering and sunroof. 1652 Griffes were made, all in laser green and with grey alloy wheels with a silver rim.

The 1FM was produced for the UK market in 1992 to coincide with the 25th birthday of BBC Radio 1. Only 25 were made and each car was individually numbered with a small brass plate.[16] The car was black with 'Radio 1FM 25th' bodywork decals, grey Speedline alloy wheels and came with all options fitted as standard, including ABS, air conditioning, full leather interior, remote central locking, catalytic converter and power steering. A bespoke stereo system including a CD changer, CD head unit, amplifier, uprated door speakers and an acoustic rear shelf containing 200W 6x9 speakers was specified by Clarion. One was raffled at a Radio 1 event, and Radio 1 ran a competition on air to win one.[citation needed]

205 STDT[edit]

In 1993 Peugeot introduced the 205 and 405 STDT, higher performance diesel models that offered some of the GTI's sporting qualities in the diesel engined part of the range. The 205 STDT (special trim diesel turbo) was available only in the 3-door bodyshell with a 1,769 cc turbo diesel engine (XUD7 T/K) with the trim and luxuries of the 205 GTI. The car was initially marketed towards executives, with soft cloth bucket seats in Beige with matching carpet and dashboard, as also found in the Gentry models. The car featured PAS, central locking, electric windows and also electrically heated mirrors. Many were fitted with a large, vacuum-seal slide sunroof.

The brochure specification from 1993 on the STDT lists its equipment as:

  • 1769cc, 78 bhp turbo diesel engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels (different from the GTI models)
  • Bodyside mouldings, wheelarch finishers and bumper inserts (chrome inserts)
  • Long range driving lamps
  • Optional sliding sunroof
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Choice of body colours: Aztec Gold; Oberon Green; Steel Grey
  • Sports front seats, velour trim
  • 50/50 split rear seats
  • Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel
  • Remote control central locking (base models were not remote control, running off the key only)
  • Electric front windows
  • Tinted glass
  • Clarion 97001F digital stereo radio/stereo cassette with 4 speakers
  • Lockable glove box with lamp

Its performance data is defined in the brochure from 1993 as:

  • Maximum speed: 108 mph
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h: 12.2 s, 0–1000 m: 34.2 secs.
  • Fuel consumption – mpg (L/100 km): constant driving speed 56 mph (90 km/h) – 61.4 (4.6); 75 mph (120 km/h) – 40.9 (6.9); simulated urban driving – 42.8 (6.6)

The 205 STDT is only found in three colours; Oberon Green, Steel Grey and Aztec Gold. Production of the car was approximately one year between 1993 and 1994.[17]

As of the fourth quarter of 2019, there were only 24 STDTs left on the roads and 148 SORN in the UK.[18]

205 Rallye[edit]

1989 Peugeot 205 Rallye 1.3

From 1988 to 1992 Peugeot produced another variant of the 205, the 205 Rallye, which was engineered and produced by Peugeot–Talbot sport. This edition of the 205 was positioned as a cost-effective alternative to the 205 GTI, retaining its sporty character, but being less expensive to buy or maintain.

To achieve this, Peugeot used a derivative of the TU-series engine used in the post-1987 205s, which was designated TU24. The engine is essentially the same engine as was in the 1.1-litre 205 with the cylinders bored out to a total engine displacement of 1294 cc, a sports camshaft and twin Weber carburetors. The 1.3-litre engine produced 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) at 6,800 rpm. The car got the 1.6 GTI front suspension with ventilated brake discs, and the 1.6 GTI rear axle with drum brakes.

The 205 Rallye was completely stripped of almost all soundproofing, electrical systems or other luxury items, bringing down the weight to no more than 794 kg (1,750 lb). Its minimalistic equipment, together with the high revs needed to unleash all of the engine's horsepower, gives the 205 Rallye a very spartan character and makes it a difficult but rewarding car to drive hard, which is one of the reasons it is now very popular among 205 GTI enthusiasts. Peugeot expected to build around 5000 Rallyes. In the end 30,111 Rallyes were produced, even though they were only sold in certain mainland European markets (including France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands).

The distinctive aesthetic features of the 205 Rallye include the squarer wheel arches (which are different from GTI arches), the steel body-coloured wheels and the rainbow-coloured Peugeot-Talbot sport decals on the front grille and the tailgate. They were only available in white. The Rallye was sold with a reduced-weight interior with the Peugeot-Talbot sport logo embroidered in the front seats.

From 1990 to 1992 Peugeot also built a 1.9 litre version of the 205 Rallye. Only about 1000 of them were produced and they were only sold in Germany, because the 1.3 litre version did not meet German road regulations. The 1.9 Rallye is just a 105 bhp (78 kW) 1.9 GTI with the Rallye bodyshell and the new-style clear indicators and rear light units. Although they are even rarer than the 1.3 Rallye, they are less popular among Peugeot enthusiasts, because they lack the raw and spartan character of the 1.3 Rallye and are 150 kg (331 lb) heavier.

In 1992 Peugeot introduced the Rallye to the UK market, it was available in three colours (500 white, 250 yellow, 80 blue) and was essentially a re-badged XT. It came equipped with black cloth seats embroidered with the Peugeot-Talbot Sport logo, the Peugeot-Talbot sports colours behind the front arches and over the back arches, as well as the same markings on the grill and tailgate of its European brother. It was powered by an iron-blocked 1360 cc TU3.2 engine with the same twin-choke Solex carburettor found on the earlier XS engine. It produced 75 bhp (56 kW; 76 PS) and achieved 107 mph (172 km/h) with a 0–60 mph of 11.7 seconds.

After the 205 Rallye, Peugeot again used the 'Rallye' designation for some of its 106 and 306 models.

205 Turbo 16 (T16)[edit]

Peugeot 205 T16 Homologation car
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evo 2

To homologate the 205 T16 ("Turbo 16" in France) Group B rally car, Peugeot had to produce 200 road-going examples. According to the Group B regulations, these had to be based on a current production road car. Peugeot decided to base the Group B rally car on the two door version of the 205.

The body was built by Heuliez, where standard three door bodyshells from the production line were delivered and heavily modified. Heuliez cut off the complete rear of the car and welded in a transverse firewall between the B-posts. The rear frame was then built in a mixture of sheet steel profiles and tubes. The front was modified in a similar way with a tube frame carrying the front suspension. The completed bodies were delivered to Simca (Talbot) for the 200-series production cars and to Peugeot Talbot Sport for the competition versions.

The engine, based on the cast iron block of the diesel version of the then new XU engine family, albeit with a specially developed 16-valve head, was moved from the front of the vehicle to the rear, transforming it from a front-engine, front-wheel-drive to a rear-mid engine four-wheel-drive automobile. The gearbox came from the Citroën SM but was mounted transversely. The car had all wheel drive.

All street versions (VINs P1 to P200) were left hand drive and identically kitted out in dark grey colour, except the first (VIN P1) that was painted white and carried all the competition cars' decoration for demonstration purposes. The competition cars of the first evolution series (VIN C1 to C20) were built at the sport department Peugeot Talbot Sport and presented to the public at the same day as the standard street version. Later competition vehicles of the Evolution 2 series (VIN C201 to C220) were built differently as the rear spaceframe had no more sheet steel profiles in it but was composed entirely of tubes.

Apart from the appearance, the road variants had practically nothing in common with the regular production model. They shared the 1,775 cc (1.8 L; 108.3 cu in) with a bore × stroke of 83 mm × 82 mm (3.27 in × 3.23 in) transversely-mounted, mid-engine, four-wheel-drive layout of the rally car. It did, however, have less than half the power at around 200 PS (197 bhp; 147 kW) at 6,750 rpm and 255 N⋅m (188 lb⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm of torque. The T was for (KKK) Turbo, fuel fed by Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and a compression ratio of 6.5:1; the 16 stands for DOHC 16 valves.[19][20] Outwardly similar to a normal 205, the T16 had wider wheel arches, and the whole rear section lifted up to give access to the engine. Underneath, the complex drivetrain from the rally car was kept to abide by the Group B rules.

In addition to the Group B model, the lesser 205 GTI was also FIA approved for competition in the Group N and Group A categories.[21]

Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Dakar.

Peugeot Talbot Sport's factory 205 T16s under Jean Todt were the most successful cars to compete in the last two years of the World Rally Championship's Group B era, winning the 1985 and 1986 Constructors' and Drivers' titles with Timo Salonen and Juha Kankkunen respectively against such notable competition from Audi, Lancia and Ford, with an Evolution 2 model being introduced for the latter of those two seasons.

The chassis and engine from this model would later underpin the Peugeot Quasar concept car.

World Rally Championship victories[edit]

Peugeot 205s have won the following World Rally Championship rounds:

No. Event Season Driver Co-driver Car
1 Finland 34th 1000 Lakes Rally 1984 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman [fr] Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
2 Italy 26th Rallye Sanremo 1984 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman [fr] Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
3 United Kingdom 33rd Lombard RAC Rally 1984 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman [fr] Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
4 Monaco 53rd Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo 1985 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman [fr] Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
5 Sweden 35th International Swedish Rally 1985 Finland Ari Vatanen United Kingdom Terry Harryman [fr] Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
6 Portugal 19th Rallye de Portugal Vinho do Porto 1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
7 Greece 32nd Acropolis Rally 1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
8 New Zealand 15th AWA Clarion Rally of New Zealand 1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
9 Argentina 5th Marlboro Rally Argentina 1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
10 Finland 35th 1000 Lakes Rally 1985 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
11 Sweden 36th International Swedish Rally 1986 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Piironen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
12 France 30th Tour de Corse – Rallye de France 1986 France Bruno Saby France Jean-François Fauchille Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
13 Greece 33rd Acropolis Rally 1986 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Piironen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
14 New Zealand 16th AWA Clarion Rally of New Zealand 1986 Finland Juha Kankkunen Finland Juha Piironen Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
15 Finland 36th 1000 Lakes Rally 1986 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2
16 United Kingdom 35th Lombard RAC Rally 1986 Finland Timo Salonen Finland Seppo Harjanne Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2

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Works cited[edit]

  • Legg, A. K.; Mead, John S. (1996), Peugeot 205: Service and Repair Manual, Sparkford, Nr Yeovil, Somerset, UK: Haynes Publishing, ISBN 1-85960-189-8