- 130 kW engine featuring variable valve timing
- Close ratio gearbox
- 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds
- Unique interior featuring leather and alcantara trimmed sports seats
- Body-coloured bumpers and side rubbing strips
- An air intake with 'honeycomb' mesh grille and chrome-plated trim on either side of the number plate.
- 'Clear' rear light lenses emphasising the circular designs of the different lighting functions - as on the 307.
- Air-conditioning and CD player fitted as standard
- ABS, EBFD, ASR and ESP fitted as standard
- RRP $34,990
Following in the footsteps of the outstanding 206 WRC, three-times World Rally Champion, the 206 GTi 180 takes up pole position in the dynamic 206 range. The 206 GTi 180 represents a new era in Peugeot's rich GTi heritage, a heritage that includes such iconic models as the 205 GTi 1.9 and 306 GTi 6.
Designed with performance in mind
The two-litre four-cylinder engine develops 130 kW at 7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 202 Nm at 4750 rpm.
A development of the 2.0-litre, 16-valve, 100 kW engine fitted to the current 206 GTi, the engine has been significantly upgraded to increase both power and torque and provides the GTi 180 with the level of power and excitement synonymous with the Peugeot GTi brand.
The cylinder head, for example, is machined by former Formula One engine suppliers M?cachrome, while the quantity of air admitted into the engine has been optimised by means of a dual-mode intake situated upstream of the motorised throttle and a four-way aluminium manifold. The exhaust features a '4-into-1' manifold with a metal low pressure catalytic converter developed by EMITEC.
The engine is fitted to a cable-controlled close ratio gearbox with a short, and superbly precise gear change. First gear ratio has been lengthened to ensure dynamic acceleration, particularly on sharp bends, with maximum engine speed increased to 7300 rpm. With its carefully honed performance suspension set-up and 17" alloy wheels, the 206 GTi 180 offers excellent driving dynamics while maintaining the required level of passenger comfort.
The front suspension geometry has been modified with stiffer springs compared to the standard GTi (100 KW) and enhances both traction and road holding, while at the rear the latest generation rear axle includes two tie rods to maintain rear axle stability and improve road holding. The suspension is complemented by Pirelli P7000 205/40R17W tyres mounted on 17" alloy wheels. The 206 GTi 180 also features well-weighted and precise power steering which is modulated according to engine speed and which significantly contributes to the GTi 180's increased driving pleasure and superb directional control.
The 206 GTi 180 is equipped with ESP (electronic stability programme), the joint functions of which - traction control and directional control - can be switched-off at any time. Brake discs and calipers cater for the performance and endurance expected from this type of performance- orientated car.
206 GTi 180 performance figures (driver only):
Max. speed: 220 km/h
1000 m standing start: 28 seconds
0 - 100 km/h: 7.4 seconds
Acceleration 60-90 km/h in 4th: 5.7 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 km/h in 5th: 10.6 seconds
A sporting and purposeful exterior
The GTi 180 features a purposeful yet refined exterior styling. Large 17" alloy wheels, a wide rear spoiler and a twin chrome-plated tailpipe indicate the sporty temperament of the car, while its full body-coloured exterior fittings (bumpers and side rubbing strips) and exclusive carbon finish design features, reflect its top-of-the-range character.
A sporty and comfortable passenger compartment
A genuine four-seater vehicle, able to accommodate four adults in comfort, the GTi 180 features four racing-style leather and alcantara-trimmed seats, which are both luxurious yet functional providing outstanding security and support to the occupants. In the same vein, the instrumentation and controls, instrument panel, dual leather steering wheel, aluminium pedals and gear lever knob are meticulously finished, to compliment the new micro carbon look of certain interior features.
Like all 206 models, the fascia panel features an anti-reflective finish which is soft to the touch. In essence, the GTi 180 interior offers a clear sporting environment which is both safe and comfortable for day-to-day use.
For everyday driving in all conditions... a plethora of safety equipment
The 206 GTi 180 is equipped with an extremely comprehensive range of active safety equipment that includes high performance suspension and wheels, ESP and variable assisted power steering. The range of direct and indirect passive safety equipment is equally impressive and consists of 'smart' front air bags, with a 60 litre capacity for the driver and a 90 litre version for the passenger two double side air bags (head/chest), and seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters. At the rear, both seats have a 3-point seat belt and height adjustable head restraints. Another safety feature on this 206 is automatic hazard light activation in the event of sudden braking.
Comfort features... adding to the appeal
All 206 GTi 180 models are equipped with automatic air conditioning, a heat reflective athermic windscreen, automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor, automatic 'headlights on' and electrically heated and folding door mirrors.
An optional CD autochanger audio system can also accommodate 6 CDs located in the boot. The equipment is completed by a 2/3-1/3 foldable rear bench seat and carpet mats with a light grey border to match the metallic finish of the interior.
Complementary body colours and a luxurious interior trim
The 206 GTi 180 is available in a range of contemporary colours such as Aden Red and Aegean Blue and is also available in the more distinctive Aluminium or Onyx Black. The interior trim includes an aluminium and microcarbon finish on many items, with seat covers in luxurious, supple materials such as leather, alcantara and a monochrome grey/black honeycomb mesh.
Thoroughbred power for the enthusiasts
The 206 is a true leader. Europe's best selling car in 2001and 2002 and winner of the World Rally Championship three years running.
The 206 encapsulates the philosophy of the Peugeot marque, "Engineered to be Enjoyed". A philosophy borne out in two body styles - hatchback and coupe cabriolet
This continues to be refined with the sporting sensation offered by the 206 GTi 180.
Special features that make the difference..
The exterior appearance, with its twin exhaust pipes, 17" wheels and wide aerodynamic rear spoiler, catches the eye of enthusiasts and indicates the car's sporting nature.
This 3-door 206 also features totally colour coordinated bodywork (bumper strips and side protection, etc), and lacquered black-rimmed windows with a touch of carbon on the door mirrors giving it an elegant, refined look.
The 206 GTi 180 is a four-seater, able to have two occupants in the front and two in the rear.
The engine chosen to power the 206 GTi 180 is a 2 l 16-valve, four-cylinder EW10 J4S. It develops a maximum power of 130 kW at 7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 202 Nm at 4750 rpm.
This engine is derived from the 16-valve, 100 kW 2.0 l and has been modified in a number of ways to increase its power and torque and give it the required sporting temperament.
M?cachrome was commissioned to machine the cylinder head, while the quantity of air admitted to the engine and exhaust has been optimised with a dual-mode inlet upstream of the motorised throttle and a four-way aluminium manifold. The exhaust features a "4 in 1" manifold with a metal catalytic converter.
This engine incorporates a cable-controlled, short-travel gearbox designed for sporting use with short gear ratios except on 1st gear. The latter has been extended to facilitate a fast change down, and therefore acceleration, particularly in hairpin bends. It has a rev limiter placed at 7300 rpm.
The power of the 206 GTi 180 operates through a re-designed suspension system which, together with 17" diameter wheels, offers true driving pleasure, without sacrificing comfort.
The front axle has special settings to enhance engine performance and trajectory stability, while the latest-generation rear axle adapts to engine performance and optimises guidance and overall balance.
A particular feature of the rear axle is two braces that connect the arms to the cross-member and which are fitted on the 206 SW. This suspension is enhanced by 205/40R17W Pirelli P 7000 tyres mounted on 7'' aluminium wheels. This results in the 206 GTi 180 providing highly responsive power steering, which is modulated according to engine speed.
The 206 GTi 180 is equipped with ESP (electronic stability programme), the combined functions of which - anti-skid and yaw control - can be deactivated if required.
The dimensions of the brake discs and calipers accommodate the performance and endurance expected in this type of sporting version.
To prove the sporting credentials of the 206 GTi 180, the provisional performance levels are as follows (driver only in vehicle):
|1000 m from a standing
|0 - 100 km/h:
km/h in 5th:
The interior of the 206 GTi 180 - A top of the range sporting environment
The passenger compartment of the 206 GTi 180 has an 'upmarket' sporting feel which also makes its contribution to the vehicle's efficiency.
For example the front seats - which have moulded forms reminiscent of racing car "bucket seats" - provide continuous support for the whole body and include a head restraint. Both front seats are height-adjustable.
The rear seat, split 60/40, offers two highly sculpted seats ensuring the comfort of both passengers. Each seat has a retractable head restraint.
The instrumentation comprises of four chrome finished dials with a black background and white hands. It contains a rev counter and speedometer graduated respectively to 8000 rpm and 250 km/h, in addition to the fuel, oil temperature and water temperature gauges.
It is housed beneath a leather trimmed binnacle with grey saddle-stitching, lending a touch of class to this 206.
The short-travel gear lever features the aluminium gear knob of the 206 GTi; the assembly, which is 20 mm shorter than that of other 206 models, also enhances the sporty feel.
The interior is also enhanced by non-skid aluminium pedals and "microcarbon" and metal finish components, such as the door handles and ventilation controls, while the instrument panel surround has a "microcarbon" finish.
The interior light grey carpeting and the two-tone (smooth and perforated) leather steering wheel, stitched with a light grey thread, add the final touches to the personality of this 206 GTi 180.
Finally, the 206 GTi 180 is equipped with a two-tone horn.
The 206 GTi 180 is also comprehensively equipped to provide a high level of comfort.
For example, all 206 GTi 180s are equipped as standard with:
automatic air conditioning
single CD car radio
automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
automatic 'headlights on'
automatic activation of hazard lights in the event of sudden deceleration
luggage net in the boot
electrically retractable door mirrors.
In addition, the following safety components are also fitted as standard:
two 'Smart' front air bags
two dual side air bags (head/chest)
two front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiter
rear seats with a 3-point safety belt and a retractable head restraint
E S P (electronic stability programme)
variable power steering according to engine speed.
Colours and Trim
The 206 GTi 180 is available in five exterior colours:
The unique interior ambiance, predominantly black and monochrome grey, evokes a top-of-the-range sporty feel.
The seat trim incorporates leather and Alcantara with "honeycomb" stitching that personifies the world of performance motoring.
The lid of the glove box and the door armrest insets are covered with Alcantara.
EW10 J4S engine
The EW10 J4S petrol engine has been developed from the EW10 version that has equipped the 206, 307 and 406 models since 1999.This new 130 kW, 16-valve twin camshaft engine is distinguished by the top section of the cylinder head which incorporates the intake/exhaust - engine management system, making it the most powerful 4-cylinder engine of this generation.
This 1 997 cm3 engine with 85 mm bore and 88 mm stroke develops a maximum power of 130 kW at 7000 rpm and a maximum torque of 202 Nm at 4750 rpm. From an engine speed of 2000 rpm, this engine provides a torque of 160 Nm, representing nearly 80 % of the maximum torque available.
The intake camshaft is equipped with variable valve timing (VVT), the angular variation of which ranges from 0o to 40o in relation to the timing of the crankshaft. This variation takes place one degree at a time and allows the optimum intake of air into the combustion chambers regardless of engine speed. This feature makes the engine both flexible and powerful.
The compact aluminium-alloy engine block (AS5) has cast-iron liners. The spheroidal graphite iron crankshaft contains eight counterweights and is finely balanced to withstand engine speeds of up to 7300 rpm without vibration. At one end, on the timing side, the crankshaft drives a concentric oil pump which has internal gearing, and on the opposite side a light engine flywheel which reduces the inertia of all moving parts. The light-alloy pistons have flat heads with two dimples to avoid all contact with the intake valves. They incorporate oil-jets which facilitate cooling of the piston head.
The cylinder head is of the stabilised aluminium "cross flow" type with branched intake ducts to optimise flow. It also incorporates a V-shaped combustion chamber, a cooling chamber and valves.
On the intake camshaft equipped with the "VVT" system, variation of angular timing is controlled by the ECU according to engine oil temperature, engine load and engine speed.
Each combustion chamber (85 mm diameter) contains four valves, two intake (33.5 mm diameter) and two exhaust (28.7 mm diameter). The stems of these valves are 6 mm in diameter. Each valve is directly actuated by a hydraulic tappet (30 mm diameter) which has automatic adjustment.
The angle formed between the intake and exhaust valves is 47o and the single electrode plugs, 26.5 mm long, are in the centre of the combustion chamber. Their scheduled replacement interval is 120,000 km.
The intake consists of an aluminium manifold containing a chamber, with a Helmholtz bypass expansion chamber. Four pipes lead from the manifold to the cylinder head. The manifold contains a pressure sensor which provides engine load information to the ECU. Upstream, an electrically controlled throttle housing managed by the ECU ensures smoother operation.
The engine management system comprises of a Magneti Marelli 6 LP phased sequential injection unit and a BBC 4.1 monostatic ignition. The latter consists of four single coils placed vertically on the spark plugs and controlled directly by the ECU.
The exhaust manifold comprises a 4-in-1 type stainless-steel tube complete with an aluminium thermal protection panel. Behind the manifold, the exhaust connection is formed by a metallic hose that reduces noise generated by the engine and exhaust assembly.
The exhaust line comprises of a metal catalytic converter placed under the body which can absorb 120 g ft3 and has a capacity of 2 l, an intermediate silencer with a capacity of 7 l and lastly, across the car under the boot, a 25 l capacity silencer.
The exhaust finishes in a chrome-plated twin exhaust pipe with a diameter of
50 mm, emphasising the sporting nature of the 206 GTi 180.
The four-cylinder EW10 J4S engine is linked to a BE4 5-speed manual gearbox identical to that used on the 2.0 l EW10 J4 engine of the 206 GTi. However, to obtain a dynamic gear change in slow bends, such as a hairpin for example, first gear has a longer gear ratio to allow a speed of 66 km/h at 7000 rpm.
The clutch plate, with a cable-controlled mechanism, has an auto adjusting clutch cable and a diameter of 228 mm.
The RC version is equipped with 7J17 light-alloy wheels which are offset from the body by 28 mm and fitted with 205/40 R17 W tyres with a rolling circumference of 1.816 m.
Suspension and Wheels
The suspension and wheels of the 206 GTi 180 are designed to enhance the vehicle's performance and sporting temperament without sacrificing passenger comfort.
The suspension includes the following features:
A Mc Pherson type wishbone front axle with a detached 21 mm diameter antiroll bar and hydraulic shock absorbers set to a pressure of 3 bars. To obtain the best possible suspension efficiency, in difficult conditions, the use of Pirelli P7000 tyres, together with a modified design compared to the 206 GTi (toe out 5.5 mm ? 1 instead of 2.5 mm) and more rigid springs (40 mm/100 dan instead of 55 mm/100 dan), combine to offer good roadholding and handling with advanced engine performance.
A rear axle with trailing arms rigidly attached to a cross member, two 20 mm diameter torsion bars, a 22 mm diameter anti-roll bar and two hydraulic shock absorbers. To maintain rear axle stability and minimize changes in track caused by transverse loadings, two tie rods connect the suspension arms to a light alloy yoke which is rigidly attached to the cross member.
The front (21 mm diameter) and rear (22 mm diameter) anti-roll bars differ from the GTi version to compensate for the increased stiffness of the springs and to enhance road handling. The 206 GTi 180 is equipped with MK60 TEVES electronic stability programme (ESP). This makes it possible, in difficult situations, to improve driving safety in the event of evasive or sudden turning of the steering wheel, while retaining driving pleasure during brisk driving. The function is de-activated by a push-button located on the fascia panel to the left of the steering column. After the system has been de-activated, it can be reconnected by pressing the button again or switching off the engine.
The hydraulic power steering is adjusted according to engine speed. This assistance is progressively reduced, and, from an engine speed of 3800 rpm stabilises at its minimum value. Braking is by means of four discs - two ventilated at the front
(283 mm diameter, 26 mm thick) and two non-ventilated at the rear (247 mm diameter, 8 mm thick).
These have single-piston brake calipers with a diameter of 54 mm at the front and a diameter of 32 mm at the rear.
The 206 GTi 180 is equipped with MK 60 TEVES anti-lock braking (ABS) combining all braking functions, electronic stability programme (ESP), traction control (ASR) and the regulation of braking torque to each wheel.
Emergency braking assistance guarantees maximum deceleration when required, while retaining an appropriate level of force on the pedal during minor and moderate deceleration. In the event of sharp deceleration (8 m/s2) the vehicle's hazard lights are activated automatically.
307 CC 2-door
2.0 litre Twin Cam
|Cubic capacity (cm3)
|Maximum power kW at
@ 7000 (180 BHP @ 7000)
|Maximum torque Nm at
|ABS + Electronic
Brake Force Distribution (EBFD)
Brake Assist (EBA)
pinion with engine speed-variable power assistance
Independent with MacPherson-type struts
Independent trailing arms with transverse torsion bars
and passenger front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags
Stability Program (ESP)
bolstered front sport bucket seats
rear bucket seats
RD3 6 speaker radio/CD stereo
head up display separate from stereo unit
audio controls on steering column
rear fog lights
headlight illumination system
rain-sensing front wipers
on warning alarm
headlight beam adjustment
coded bumpers and side mouldings
code transponder immobiliser
coded in-car entertainment
fuel filler cap
control central locking
operated and heated door mirrors
leather sports steering wheel
light with delay