The ‘Greatest Ever Hot Hatch’ was recently unveiled by triple BTCC Champion Matt Neal at the Performance Car Show following a comprehensive selection and reader voting contest, revealing the overwhelming winner as… the giant-beating Peugeot 205 GTi.
Hot Hatch Nirvana curator Richard Bremner said of the winner: “The Peugeot 205 GTi was unbeatable for its sheer rev-happy, go-hard verve and subtly perfect styling. Lightning-quick gearshifts, urgent power delivery, blade-sharp steering and deliciously driftable handling made the 205 an overnight hot hatch king. And it was practical, too. For many it has never been bettered as its victory in this PistonHeads and Autocar readers’ vote confirms.”
Mark Pickles, Peugeot UK Marketing Director, commented: “Peugeot is blessed to have a rich and extensive history, with a portfolio of iconic cars. They remain accessible and true to our values of motion and emotion. The 205 GTi was launched in 1985 and the enthusiastic following it has enjoyed ever since still influences the affection for the brand, most notably with the GT and GTi models we offer in our current line-up. The selection and reader survey to find the ‘Greatest Ever Hot Hatch’, announced at the Performance Car Show has showed the Peugeot 205 GTi to be the overwhelming winner, and we couldn’t be more delighted.”
The 205 GTi helped to make the PEUGEOT brand synonymous with the hot hatch movement of the mid-1980s. Produced in both 1.6 and 1.9-litre versions, the 205 GTi road car drew plenty of critical acclaim for its driving experience, engaging handling and affordable smiles-per-mile.
As well as being a monumental sales success, the 205 GTi was also highly credited in the motor sport world, in the guise of the awesome and accomplished 205 T16 – the first mid-engined hatchback, which convincingly won the 1985 and 1986 World Rally Championship and then the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1987 and 1988.
In the current Peugeot line-up, the 208 GTi is the closest hot hatch to the iconic poll-winning 205 GTi.
The top-ten finalists are being displayed as part of new ‘Hot Hatch Nirvana’ display at the Performance Car Show which is part of Autosport International, held at the NEC (National Exhibition Centre) in Birmingham between the 14th and 17th January. A must-see display called ‘Evolution of the Hot Hatch’ features an unrivalled collection of iconic cars that have come to define and evolve the genre over decades.
If you would like to find out more about the iconic Peugeot 205 GTi, just get in touch with griffin Mill Peugeot on 01443 531076.