The 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 is a true icon of the hot hatch genre. This lightweight and agile car was designed to provide an exciting driving experience, and it quickly gained a cult following among car enthusiasts around the world. It was declared "car of the decade" by CAR Magazine in 1990. It also won What Car?'s Car of the Year for 1984.
The GTI 1.6 was powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produced 117 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque. This engine was paired with a four-speed manual transmission, which provided precise shifts and allowed drivers to make the most of the engine's power. The GTI 1.6 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds and had a top speed of 196 kmh. The shorter stroke 1.6 litre engine is famed for being revvy and eager.
The exterior of the 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 was designed with classic hot hatch styling cues, with a small and aerodynamic profile that exudes sportiness. It featured a unique front grille, side skirts, and a rear spoiler, which helped to improve the car's aerodynamics. The GTI 1.6 also featured a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and lightweight alloy wheels.
The interior of the GTI 1.6 was designed to be functional and driver-focused, with a simple yet sporty design. It featured sport seats upholstered in cloth, a small sport steering wheel, and a basic sound system. The GTI 1.6 did not come with air conditioning or power windows, which helped to keep the car's weight down.
The 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 was a joy to drive, with precise handling and excellent feedback that allowed drivers to feel connected to the road. The suspension was well-tuned and provided a firm yet comfortable ride, even on rough roads. The brakes were also powerful and provided excellent stopping power.
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. 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.
Today, the 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 is highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts. Its classic styling, excellent performance, and affordability make it a true icon of the hot hatch world. Prices for a well-maintained example can range from 20.000 EUR to 30.000 EUR depending on its condition and mileage. If you have the opportunity to drive one, you will not be disappointed. The 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 is a true masterpiece of automotive engineering that will always hold a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts.
The car was bought by the current owner in 2018. The car was first registered in May 1988 in Italy. It comes with the original Italian manuals and the original Italian service book. In a superb state of preservation, both from the point of view of the bodywork and the interior which shows no great traces of wear, one can immediately see that this car has always been in careful hands. Its current mileage of 90.701 kilometres corresponds to the condition of the car. Well preserved specimens like this with low mileage have become rare. Car for sale due to selling off private collection.
This car comes for the second time to our platform because the first deal was not completed. This was not due to any fault of the car or the Seller so we decided to offer it again on our platform.
|First registration date
|1.580 ccm, 117 PS, I4
|Left Hand Drive
|Front Wheel Drive
|Color - exterior
|Color - interior
|Grey / Red
|Chassis / VIN
|Location - Country
|Location - City
|Jablonec nad Nisou
3-door hatchback body type; FWD (front-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1580 cm3, advertised power: 86 kW / 115 hp / 117 PS, torque: 134 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 3705 mm, width: 1589 mm, wheelbase: 2420 mm; reference weights: base curb weight: 850 kg; top speed: 196 km/h (122 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 8.6 s, 0-100 km/h 9.1 s (declared by factory)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechia