PEUGEOT 205 T16​


Some heroes are really unsung and some achievements are under shadowed, but that should not stop us from telling you that the Peugeot was the king of the Group B rally. Based on the most popular hatchback of the world, the rally version and 205 T16 evolution simply annihilated the competition with over 10 victories. We only hear about the legend of Audi Quattro and Lancia Delta, but 205 T16 was the one marvel that won back-to-back championships and wore the badge of AWD with pride. The legend retired when Group B had to be disbanded in 1986 due to certain mishaps.

PEUGEOT 205 T16​


Gerard Weller designed the Peugeot 205 that went on to become so successful that 5 million units were sold in its total run. 205 T16 evolved over a range of models and versions before hitting the rally and the final evolution version became the king of Group B. The car had an all-new chassis design with a better engine and gearbox and overall structure to complement the all-wheel-drive system. Many drivers and analysts called it the most proportionate car to drive, although it was neither the most powerful nor the most well-equipped. The Evo 2 debuted in 1984 and won various international titles before retiring in 1986.


Peugeot 205 T16 had a 2 door coupe layout based on a Steel monocoque cabin supporting the Kevlar at both front and rear. The car was very lightweight and stiffer to support the heavy AWD system and weighed only 930 Kgs.


The 205 T16 Evo had a 1.8-liter XU8T DOHC 16-valve mid-mounted engine with KKK K26 turbo, that sent power to all four wheels via a TJ 5-speed manual transmission with 2-plate clutch. The engine produced 350 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. 205 T16 could fly from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, to a top speed of 130 mph.


Lancia 037 had a very short career in the Group B rally championship due to better competitors and short-lived competition, because of multiple accidents.

  • In 1985 and 86, Peugeot won the 32nd and 33rd Acropolis rallies.
  • Victorious in 15th and 16th AWA Clarion Rally, New Zealand.
  • 5th Marlboro Rally Argentina.
  • 35th and 36th1000 Lakes Rally competition in 1985 and 1986.
  • Won the 36th international Swedish Rally in 1986.
  • In 1986, also stood victorious in 30th Tour de Corse – Rallye de France.
  • 35th Lombard RAC Rally, 1986. Won the 1985 and 1986 Constructor’s and Driver’s titles.

Different Trims and Unique Versions of Peugeot 205 T16

It all started with the road-going version of Peugeot 205 that smoked the competition and sold 5 million units worldwide. It was a small hatch with all the amenities and features with reliability, so it got instant acceptance and love from the consumers.
There were more than a dozen variants in both gas and diesel engines with a manual or automatic transmission, but Peugeot never really revamped the 205 and gave just minor facelifts over the years.
205 Si, GTI and CTI were the sportier versions of the normal car and were produced in limited numbers over the span of years, for a select niche of enthusiasts. These trims had increased power and a few cosmetic changes to make them stand out in the crowd. One trim to be discussed specifically here is the 205 STDT edition that had major upgrades in equipment and features, along with the optional extras and cosmetics.

Rally had the modified version of 205 T16 which was later upgraded to EVO 2, which had all the bells and whistles and it rocked the Group B till it lasted. There is one-off Peugeot 205 T16 Dakar edition as well.