The Peugeot 205 GTI wasn’t quite dead when Peugeot retired it in 1993, but the French car manufacturing giant knew what it was doing. The 205 was replaced, right in 1994, with the Peugeot 106 Rallye, which it turns out was quite the car. Designed with simplicity and aggressivity in mind, the 106 Rallye was a simple, hard-driving little car that begged to be brutalised and driven to the edge. It’s racing-inspired suspension gave it the go-kart feel that its drivers craved, and the interior was simple, as much to save weight as to make a statement. It wasn’t perfect, of course; it was plenty noisy and rather unpleasant to drive on long trips, but the 106 Rallye wasn’t really designed for ones who seek comfort!
The Peugeot 106 Rallye was powered by a specially-tuned version of Peugeot’s 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, which produced an even 100 horsepower. This feat was accomplished through a special camshaft and a significantly increased compression ratio. This meant that to be effective, the 106 Rallye had to be driven at the limit: the engine redlined at 7200 rpm! Coupled with a close-ratio gearbox, it was really a hard driver’s budget dreams come true!
The 106 could reach a top speed of 118 miles per hour, and accelerated to 60 in 9.5 seconds, numbers which belie its incredible pick-up and driving excitement. Like I said before, the 1994 Peugeot 106 Rallye had its faults, but for drivers who wanted excitement and fun on a budget, it was perfect.