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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Underestimated at first, turns out the cutie car is able to win the world title

Not many people expected, when the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 was introduced in 1984 would become part of the world's automotive history. However, turn out the lion-logoed car manufacturer of French is quite serious while getting involved in the Group-B world's rally then they built this fierce cutie monster.
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 street version built as a limited production that is only made as many as 200 units at that time. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xtpqRA)
In fact, from the 26 rally series that it participated in over the two years (1985 and 1986), the 205 T16 were able to climb to the victory podium of 16 times. So it is not surprising that the championship title for drivers and manufacturers is safe in the Peugeot's hand.

But there is an interesting thing, namely the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 as a limited production that is only made as many as 200 units at that time. No wonder if the car later became fought over among the racing fans at the time, due to its production version besides carrying the racing specifications, it was legal for road use (with a few restrictions on the features according to traffic regulations).
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, the Group-B Rally legend with tremendous achievements was 16 times grab the victory podium during 1985 and 1986. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xtpqRA)
However, do not expect too much if the car will be exactly the same as the 205 mass-production versions because the manufacturer when working on the car also involves the racing division apparently only uses a few components of the 205.
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 utilized a wide footprint to improve control and thanks to the large air scoops behind its doors and a fairly wide back hips. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xtpqRA)
In appearance, we can still find many similarities, but only limited to the windshield, doors, and lights. When viewed from its dimensions, this special edition car is not too thin, because the 205 T16 utilizes a wide footprint to improve control and thanks to the large air scoops behind its doors and a fairly wide back hips.
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 special white colored with production number 000/200. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VfdAnc)
The rest for the mid-engine mechanism and four-wheel motion are special components. And it is believed that the placement of the gearbox mechanism behind the cockpit makes the power distribution ratio of 45:55 forward and backward.

This car gets power from a 1,775cc twin-cam turbo engine that reaches 200 hp and 255 Nm of torque. Then there is something that makes it even more classy, ​​the four-wheel motion system is the result of a special design from the Ferguson Formula (FF).
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, one of the most successful Group-B Rally car with a 1,775cc twin-cam turbo engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2VgLuaQ)
Then there is an unusual position placement for its some components, thus making the 205 T16 observed by many world's racing modification specialists. One of them is the placement of the fuel tank behind the cockpit is also a consideration. But again, do not hope for practicality, because the front trunk is used to store spare tires.

Don't compare this car with the 205 GTI either, because the 205 T16 is designed to be very impressive when supporting the legs that use the 215/55 R15 tires. The tiny car with Bilstein attenuation and high ground clearance so it is very comfortable while driving and running fast in the corner.
When it comes to performance, the 205 T16 can be said to be the weakest when compared to its rivals, where acceleration from 0 to 100 kph can only be achieved in 6 seconds. Then the highest speed is also limited to 210 kph, even though the wind resistance is 0.35 Cd.

Not to mention there's the Turbo lag that always occurs when the engine speed is below 3,000 rpm, and ideally, the car engine spinning at 4,000 rpm, plus a 5-speed transmission lever that feels very short when operated and soft clutch stepped on. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | SNAPLAP]
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