ProductionThe Peugeot was manufactured from 1983 to 1994. In 1990, it received the honorable distinction of being named the "Car of the Decade" by CAR magazine. In 1985, the VW GTI was named Car of the Year by "Motor Trend" magazine.
EnginesWhen the VW GTI was introduced in 1975, it was powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 that produced 110 horsepower. Over the years, the powerplant evolved into ever larger and larger engines, first a 1.8-liter in 1984, when the MKII version was launched. This car reached the U.S. in 1985, and is more commonly referred to here as the A2 GTI. The motor produced 112 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. In 1991 (1993 in North America), the MKIII GTI was introduced and was powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve hp motor that put out 150 horsepower. There was also a 2.8-liter narrow angle VR6 motor that made 174 horsepower.
Like the VW, the 205 GTi relied on an inline-4. Displacement was a 1.6-liter that initially produced 105 horsepower, though later versions produced 115 horsepower. In 1987, the 1.9 GTi was added to the range, which produced 130 horsepower when a larger, 1.9-liter was introduced. The two motors are based on the same architecture, and so are very similar. The 1.9 gained the added displacement by increasing the stroke of the piston. It also added an oil cooler and other minor differences.