Thursday, 23 January 2014

205 Mi16

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

I was at Pug1Off recently - the Northants-based Peugeot specialists - having some work done on my 205 GTI. While there I had a wander around the yard behind the workshop, and there was all kinds of interesting stuff to pore over; a rallycross 106, a 205 that was clearly a fibreglass refugee from the nineties, and this rather special Mi16 trackday special. For the uninitiated, the Mi16 is the 16-valve engine that could be found in period under the bonnets of the Citro├źn BX 16v and Peugeot 405 Mi16. It's effectively a 16v variant of the 1.9-litre 8v XU engine in the 205 1.9 GTI, benefitting also from having double overhead cams and offering 160bhp instead of the 8v's 130. So it drops in pretty easily, and adds a slug of extra power as standard as well as opening up endless tuning potential.
The jazzy engine upgrade is complemented in this Miami Blue example by the lightweight Speedlines with sticky tyres, buckets, rollcage, and general angry demeanour. If I had the funds, this is pretty much what my GTI would be like. Marvellous.

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