We drive a brand new old Peugeot 205
It was the Eighties’ finest hot hatch. Now it’s back, and it’s even better
Posted: 24 May 2013
And that's why we're still getting excited about it, 23 years after this one first set 15-inch alloy to tarmac. That, and the fact it remains a devastatingly pretty little car. Now, as a rule, driving a 23-year-old hatchback is to put yourself on the fast track to disappointment. Zero to 60mph in 7.8 seconds is positively tepid these days, and isn't it funny how so much of the fondly remembered precision has gone missing? How wayward the steering feels after all these years? How the chassis flexes and creaks in such an unfamiliar way?
Well, not this one. This GTI feels and drives exactly like you imagine a mint 205 would. Better, in fact. But then it did cost its proud owner £20,000. And it does have 195bhp...