Undoubtedly, the emergence of Peugeot 205 T16 represented a new generation of Group B cars which could eat the old generation (headed by Audi Quattro Sport) for breakfast. While Quattro Sport was still front-engined, with a heavy monocoque chassis, Peugeot redefined the rules as mid-engined, space frame chassis and at least 100 lb lighter.
The 1.8-litre 16 valves turbocharged four generated up to 440 hp in race form but only 195 hp in road trim - in fact, unlike Audi and Ford, Peugeot (as well as Lancia S4) had no intention to fulfill the customers' expectation. All it wanted was to win the WRC and spend as little to the road car development as possible.
(excerpts from autozine.com)
This Peugeot 205 driven by Timo Salonen with co driver Seppo Harjanne took 2nd place overall in the 1986 Rally De Monte Carlo with a total time of 10:15.28 and was only 00:4.04 behind the winner Henri Tiovonen and Sergio Cresto in the Lancia Delta S4 Team Martini. The race distance was 3984 km including 867 km over 36 special stages which was on asphalt occasionally covered with snow and ice.
Diecast in 1:18 scale by Solido