Thursday, 16 August 2012

170mph Laser Green 205 GTI

I have a deep and enduring infatuation with the Peugeot 205 GTI. I've owned four of them and would love another one day - if you haven't driven one, you really should; the handling is scalpel-sharp and incredibly precise, the power-to-weight ratio is frankly obscene, there's simply nothing to dislike. Phenomenal little cars.
I'd never really been a fan of the Laser Green colour though. Until now...
This GTI runs a 306 GTI-6 setup, with the 2.0-litre engine bored, stroked and extensively fettled by noted Peugeot tuners Pug1Off. The interior is largely stripped, leaving just buckets, harnesses and a rollcage, and the 205 is something of a featherweight to begin with; combine this with some improbably high-revving power - how does 284bhp @ 9,600rpm grab you? - and you've entered a whole other dimension of performance. Somewhat astonishingly, this naturally-aspirated GTI has hit an indicated 170mph, and can despatch the quarter-mile in 12.4s. It's not just about thrust either, with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs and sticky Toyo R888 tyres keeping it more planted than ever in the twisties.
This is pretty much my dream 205 GTI... and it's Laser Green. Swap out those tacky headlights and return the alloys to standard silver, it'd be pretty much perfect.
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