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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

Peugeot had a lot of racing history and many titles on its shelf when it decided to build one of the last naturally aspirated, manual gearbox, light, and nimble cars from its lineup: the 206 RC.

The hot-hatch war was partly moved from the compact-segment to the super-mini. The Renault Clio Renault Sport opened the appetite for it and the next in line that followed was the Peugeot. About the same time, the Honda Civic Type R brought the EP3 version, with its 8000 rpm screaming engine and 200 hp. But that was too expensive, so the Europeans were left to chose between the French brands for naturally aspirated engines. All of the others were turbocharged.

On the outside, the little 206 RC (or GTI 180 as it was named in the U.K.) featured a longer roof-spoiler then the regular 138 hp GTI. In the front, the lower apron was slightly modified to look more aggressive. A new set of 17” light-alloy wheels completed the sporty package. It was available only on the 3-doors bodywork, like its famous ancestor, the 205 GTI.

The interior was more race-inspired than other Peugeot vehicles. The Recaro sport-bucket seats featured a non-adjustable headrest and a hole for a harness, even though there was no race harness installed. But it looked good. The aluminum pedals and gear-stick knob enhanced the “racy” look of the vehicle. The car-maker installed a short-shifter for the 206 RC.

The car's heart was a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with variable valve timing and modified inlet and exhaust manifolds. It was mated to a standard 5-speed gearbox. The four-wheel brake-discs were fitted as standard.

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PEUGEOT 206 RC 2003 - 2006
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 5MT (177 HP)
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PEUGEOT 206 RC Brochure

PEUGEOT 206 RC 2.0L 5MT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (177 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1997 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 6000 RPM
177 HP @ 6000 RPM
174 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
149 lb-ft @ 4750 RPM
202 Nm @ 4750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
139.8 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/40R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
151.2 in (3840 mm)
Width
65.7 in (1669 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.7/56.3 in (1,440/1,430 mm)
Wheelbase
96.1 in (2441 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.7 cuFT (246 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2334.7 lbs (1059 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3417.2 lbs (1550 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
Highway
35.1 mpg US (6.7 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
204 g/km
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