I’m not sure Warwickshire contains 10,000 corners, and even if it does, I’m glad I haven’t got to deal with every one of them. Don’t get me wrong - driving this 205 GTI in Corsica would have been one of those things you tell your grandkids about, but, right now, with forearms pulsating and shoulders glowing, I’m merely content that this corner of England majors more in the fast sweeper than the tight hairpin.
No power steering. Remember those days? If you do, there’s a fair chance you hold the Peugeot 205 GTI in as high regard as I do. Even if you never drove one, I bet you know the basics: a reputation for lift-off oversteer, a choice of fizzy 1.6 or meaty 1.9-litre engines, 105 or 126bhp (in the early days), 0-60mph in 8.7 or 7.8secs (those stats were plucked straight from their comfortable nesting spot in my head, no Wikipedia intervention necessary). Above all, there was the perfect steering and the way the little Peugeot was meant to rip and flow down a country road. That was what created the 205 legend.
Words: Ollie Marriage
Pics: Matt Howell
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine