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Peugeot 205 GTi Driving Experiences

A car as synonymous with the 80s as you could hope to get, the Peugeot 205 GTi is a much loved classic ‘Hot Hatch’, with sporty good looks and an R4 engine powering it from 0 - 60 mph in 8.2 seconds, with achievable top speeds of over 120 mph. Take a look below now to book a Peugeot 205 GTI driving experience as part of our range of 80s Hot Hatch experience packages we have available to book through selected dates and gift vouchers here on TrackDays.

205 GTi Driving Experiences
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Drive a Peugeot 205 GTi near me

Just as the Ford Cortina is synonymous with the 70s, so too is Peugeot’s 205 GTi one of the most iconic cars of the 80s. First showcased in February 1983, and rolling off the production line the following year in 1984, this ‘Hot Hatch’ is commonly cited as the car which revived Peugeot’s fortunes after a difficult few years.

The 70s had seen them embattled by an image problem; to many, Peugeot were seen as a more ‘conservative’ manufacturer of saloon models, and though they had entered the ‘supermini’ market with their 104 car, it was being far overtaken by more popular rivals like the Hillman Imp.

What the 205 GTi undoubtedly did therefore, was repropostion them as a manufacturer of fun, sporty hatchbacks. The rebirth worked beyond all expectations, and it was to remain a solid favourite with motorists for the majority of the decade that followed.

It’s exterior design remained the same throughout its 15 year run of production (which ended in 1998), and powered on a R4 engine that offers out 144 bhp and cruises effortlessly to top speeds in excess of 127 mph, it remains one of the smallest but fastest such hatchbacks of this era.

Cool Facts About the Peugeot 205 GTi

On its launch in 1984, the Peugeot 205 GTi just missed out on winning the European Car of the Year award to the Fiat Uno. However, in the years since, the award organisers admitted they’d got it wrong, given the 205 GTi went onto enjoy a lengthier market demand and a stronger image overall!

It also went onto find great success being used as a rally car in the World Rally Championships. Between 1984 and 1986, rally modified versions of the 205 GTi clocked up a staggering 16 victories, including two wins at the 33rd and 35th Lombard RAC Rally events by Finnish drivers Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen.


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