Underrated Hot Hatches of the Late 1980s – Citroen BX 19 GTI 16V
The engine itself was based on that fitted to the Peugeot 205 GTi, and was also used in the Peugeot 405 Mi16. However, aside from the excellent engine, the BX 19 GTi 16V also featured firmer hydractive suspension and anti-roll bars, and it reportedly proved faster than 405 Mi16, during an ‘internal’ competition – it was also considerably more comfortable.
Later models got smoked rear lights and dark grey alloys, as well as different sideskirts and rear spoiler. To our eyes, at least, the BX 19 GTi 16V is one of the most iconic hot hatches in French car history, and we wish there were more of these great looking and driving cars on the road.
The excellent period ad
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