The Peugeot 206 2.0 GTi 180 bhp was released in 2003 as an alternative to the slightly underpowered 138 bhp GTi. There are many second hand versions of this model which can be found online on motors.co.uk.
As well as a reworked engine, the 2.0 GTi 180 has undergone some significant changes to the suspension. There relate mainly to the torsion beam and the anti-roll bar both of which have been beefed up somewhat. The suspension springs are also considerably stiffer. Dampers have been upgraded and there have been steering modifications which include a refined steering geometry and modified power steering. Brakes have been upgraded and outside the rear wing has been modified. Larger alloy wheels were also fitted. That is quite a bagful of upgrades.
The basic performance of this model is a significant improvement over the previous one. The 0 to 62 mph acceleration time has been reduced to 7.4 seconds and to reach 100 mph takes just 20 seconds. Certainly you can find hot hatches that will beat this but in terms of improvements over the previous model it is significant.
The car does handle beautifully and the steering is very positive. Brake response is excellent too. It is also very stable even when somewhat abused. The 205 GTi behaved notoriously badly if the throttle was lifted when turning into a corner or mid-corner. The result would be for the tail to swing out quite alarmingly. Fortunately this characteristic has now been eliminated and although the tail comes round it does so in a manner that can be easily controlled with a touch of reverse lock.
Just like all 206 models the driving position is a little suspect and many drivers, especially taller ones, find it difficult to get comfortable.
Overall this is a good and fun car and the various upgrades appear to have made a real difference to its performance. This car can be a great buy on the used car market particularly if you can find on that has not been overly thrashed. Perfect service history is essential.
Article courtesy of motors.co.uk