Over a decade
after twice winning the world rally championship, Peugeot is returning to the sport with
its dramatic looking 206 WRC (World Rally Car).
Developed alongside the successful range of Peugeot 206 passenger cars, the 206 WRC
will be tested for the first time in this years Corsican rally (Tour de Corse)
starting on the 7 May 1999.
The 206 WRC uses many components derived from the road car including the main
structure, front chassis and suspension, engine block and cylinder head.
Power output from the 2.0 litre 16 valve engine is increased to 300 bhp with maximum
torque of 500 Nm. All four wheels are driven through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
A rally sport heritage
The 206 WRCs debut in the Tour de Corse marks Peugeots return to a sport in
which it has excelled.
In the 80s the 205 T16 dominated, scoring world rally championship victories in
1985 and 1986 and was twice winner of the Paris-Dakar endurance rally in 1987 and 1988.
Success continued in the early 90s for the 405 T16 and more recently the 306 Maxi
carried off two French rally championships and achieved second place on the famous Monte
The 206 GT (Grand Tourisme)
To comply with international rallying regulations Peugeot will be building a total of
4,000 (minimum required 2,500) road going cars to the same overall dimensions of the 206
WRC. The 206 WRC is 4 metres in length compared to the standard passenger cars
These dramatic looking metallic silver cars will be badged 206 Grand Tourisme and will
be powered by Peugeots new 137bhp 2.0 litre 16 valve petrol engine soon to be
introduced in the 206 GTi.
Driving through a 5-speed manual gearbox and dedicated 9-spoke, sixteen inch alloy
wheels, the 206 GT can accelerate from 0 62mph in 8.9 secs. and is capable of 129
Body coloured wheel arch extensions, new bigger fibreglass reinforced bumpers and a
machined aluminium fuel filler cap emphasise the cars sporting character.
The aesthetics inside the car continue the competition theme with leather trimmed
sports seats, a three spoke sports steering wheel, aluminium accelerator pedal and a
unique metal finish instrument cluster.
Despite its sporty looks, the 206 GT is a comfortable car and has been equipped to
satisfy even the most demanding clientele. Standard features include automatic air
conditioning, rain sensing windscreen wipers, RDS radio and CD player with remote digital
display, side airbags and four head restraints.
Only six hundred right hand drive cars will be built from the total of four thousand.
Each car will be authenticated with an aluminium plate bearing a serial number from 1 to
4,000 located on the door pillar.
The 206 GT will go into production at Peugeots UK plant near Coventry in June and
will be available to buy at a price of £15,695 on the road.