Peugeot 206 GTi Specifications

eHow Automotive, December 2010

In 1999, French automaker Peugeot jumped into the “hot hatch” segment with the 206 GTi. With some engine and suspension modifications, Peugeot transformed a workaday economy hatchback into a stunning performer that drew raves from auto enthusiasts.

Peugeot converted the basic 206 into the 206 GTi by dropping a 2.0L, double overhead cam (DOHC), four-valve-per-cylinder, all-alloy engine under the hood. Its output was a relatively modest 137 horsepower, but in a car that weighed only 2,315 pounds, this powerplant delivered a 0 to 62 mph run of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. A rear torsion bar trailing arm suspension gave the 206 GTi handling to go with the extra power.

Peugeot boosted horsepower to 180 in the 2003 206 GTi 180. Delivering power through a five-speed manual gearbox, the 180 reached 62 mph in 7.4 seconds. Its top speed clocked at 140 mph. The 180’s suspension featured anti-roll bars in the front and rear, MacPherson struts and coil springs in the front, and transverse torsion bars, coil springs, and trailing arms in the rear.

Sadly for us, the 206 GTi has never been sold in the United States, where Peugeot has lacked a dealer presence since the 1980s. However, right- and left-hand drive models sold in many other countries.