SOTW: Peugeot 306 GTI-6


We might have entered the brave new world of the seven-speed manual these days but, back in the 90s, having six gears was something to crow about. Especially in a humble (ish) hot hatch.


Hence the fast version of the Peugeot 306 - the first revival of the GTI badge after a couple of years in the wilderness following the demise of the 205 GTI - became the GTI-6 in 1996.

The 2.0-litre motor's 169hp provided brisk-enough pace, but its power output would soon be comfortably eclipsed by subsequent generations of 200hp-plus fast hatches. Automotive History records, however, that outright poke and gearbox gimmickery didn't matter, because the 306 GTI-6 was blessed with one of the most accomplished, enjoyable front-drive chassis ever.

It was a fine successor to the legendary 205, in fact, but with the considerable added bonus that it wouldn't actually spear you backwards into an inviting-looking field if you overstepped the mark. This was Peugeot maturing, creating a hot hatch that was fun and forgiving.


Peugeot still had a lot to learn about build quality, though, and GTI-6es aren't exactly hewn from rock. This means that, nowadays, even a tidy GTI-6 is going to feel a little ratty. Plus you'll have to put up with some pretty sombre plastics.

This particular example also features a seat fabric that could only have come from a French car of the 90s. Or possibly an Aha video. Lovely.

Other than that it looks to be pretty clean, with a reasonable 109,000 miles under its belt (well under 10K a year) and even a nice piece of paper to prove that it still produces all the horses the boys and girls of Sochaux intended. It has had quite a lot of work done to it though, rather proving the 306's flaky reputation. The result might be a positive for a buyer, however, as it's meant a few subtle modifications and, as the seller points out, not many parts left for the new owner to replace...

Of course, if you're feeling a bit more brave/frugal/utterly mad and don't fancy a 306, then how about this 205? It started off as a 1.9 GTi, but has subsequently been fitted with the torque-tastic can't-kill-it-with-a-stick 1.9 D turbo from a 306. Mad? Yes, but perhaps brilliantly so...



Advert for 306 is reproduced below

1997 PH2 306 GTi6 Nile Blue (1997)
109,000 miles £895

1997 PH2 306 GTi6 Nile Blue
Well it's time to make a decision on this one and sadly its up for sale.
Just had the MOT done and it passed needing only a pair of orange indicator bulbs and a new passenger side drop link so that wont expire until January 2013.
Tax is just about to expire at the end of February 2012


The bodywork is in average condition with a key mark on the passenger side rear quarter, a cracked front bumper just by the fog light and a small dent on the boot. It polishes up well for the summer as the pictures show.

The interior is in good clean condition and I have wet vacuumed the seats so they are nice and bright. Comes with a basic CD player head unit and the rear shelf has 2 6x9 speakers in it.
I have slightly modified this car by replacing failed standard parts with upgraded ones. These modifications are.
3" Magnex catback exhaust system
Powerflex lower engine mount
Welded and reinforced chassis on the upper engine mount as this is a common failure
Lightweight aluminium crank pulley
Rallye auxiliary belt setup that removes the aircon.
Lots of new parts in the last 6 months as the cam belt snapped.


I fitted a good 2nd hand cylinder head which had a light skim, valve lap with new stem seals, this is a quiet head with no tapping.
Correct MLS headgasket and bolt set used.
Gates Powergrip Cam belt kit.
New waterpump
5/40w Oil and sparkplug change.
This is now a strong engine which made a respectable 165BHP at the K-Tec rolling road a couple of weeks ago.

Here is a list of the other parts replaced

Reconditioned rear axle.
Genuine Peugeot/Ordonez Radiator and full coolant change
Front discs and pads with quality Ferrodo parts
Throttle cable
NTK Lambda Sensor
Coolant Temp Sensor
Air and fuel filters

I have plenty of invoices to back this all up so that's plenty of parts you won't ever have to worry about!

Any questions just give me a call or email!

 

 

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  • s m 02 Mar 2012

    Mr Whippy said:
    The weights, full tank, empty tank, half tank, one driver, two? Passengers, equipment levels?

    GTi6's came in three flavours from early to late models, with different specs.

    I guess only the Rallye weight is meaningful as they only came in phase 2 with a fixed spec iirc.


    I just think all the numbers are only rough. No one actually weighed a car, said exactly what car it was, and what was in it, then did a 0-60 in good dry conditions.


    Generally this is a mini rant about all the figures magazines give out, they are all a bit crap really, and they were really really crap for the GTi6... hehe

    My general gist is that a GTi6 would do 0-60mph in about 7s dead, not 7.2s.

    I also believe the Rallye is about the same weight as a GTi6 P3 model anyway (so about 1165-1185kg), and that it's no faster. Maybe with tens of tests you'd start to see differences over the statistical noise!?


    Dave
    If you read the actual test figures in the mag they tell you all the above. They even tell you the ambient temp, how many miles showing on the odometer, track conditions, wind speed and what equipment the car had on.
    As always, different test drivers, different cars, different track conditions will produce slightly different figures

  • Mr Whippy 02 Mar 2012

    The weights, full tank, empty tank, half tank, one driver, two? Passengers, equipment levels?

    GTi6's came in three flavours from early to late models, with different specs.

    I guess only the Rallye weight is meaningful as they only came in phase 2 with a fixed spec iirc.


    I just think all the numbers are only rough. No one actually weighed a car, said exactly what car it was, and what was in it, then did a 0-60 in good dry conditions.


    Generally this is a mini rant about all the figures magazines give out, they are all a bit crap really, and they were really really crap for the GTi6... hehe

    My general gist is that a GTi6 would do 0-60mph in about 7s dead, not 7.2s.

    I also believe the Rallye is about the same weight as a GTi6 P3 model anyway (so about 1165-1185kg), and that it's no faster. Maybe with tens of tests you'd start to see differences over the statistical noise!?


    Dave

  • s m 02 Mar 2012

    Mr Whippy said:
    s m said:
    Mr Whippy said:
    I never did much figure capturing in my GTi6, but having weighed lots of engine/drivetrain bits from a GTi6 (broke/scrapped one), and done lots of figuring in my GTi6, I'd say ALL the standard figures look a bit out.
    I'd say 7s flat to 60mph is easily achievable if you perfect your 1st gear launching, and I'd say 1215kg is very pessimistic. My 306 HDi weighed 1128kg dry, and I can't see where a GTi6 weighs near 100kg more, maybe 30-35kg tops (about Rallye book weight in my opinion)

    I think the GTi6 suffered with ste 0-60mph times back in the day because they were running the skiddiest low traction tyres ever put on a sporty car, the P6000 from Pirelli. The difference to me was night and day after moving to a modern tyre like the F1 GSD3 when I bought mine!


    Dave
    The Rallye that Autocar figured weighed 1163kg according to the test. The extra 51kg weight of the GTi-6 was put down to the aircon and sunroof.

    The Rallye in the Autocar test ran on Michelin Pilot SX - the important factor in the acceleration times was the wet test track on the day it was timed
    I don't know the actual numbers to be certain, but all of them sound suspect to me in one way or another biggrin

    My GTi6 didn't have a sunroof, and having removed aircon I'd say maybe 15-20kg tops over a non-AC model.

    Modern tyres that actually have grip, and getting good at setting off without bogging down or getting excessive wheel spin, should see 7s to 60mph achievable.

    Dave
    Autocar can only weigh the test car they are provided with. All they were saying was that the 306 Gti-6 with sunroof, aircon, etc etc weighed 1214kg.
    The Rallye they had weighed 1163kg - about what you suggested. I can't see why they'd make that up. It's about what I'd expect for that size hatch with that equipment. A newer Clio 197 weighs more than either

    As for the times recorded, the Autocar ones were done on a wet/damp track so I'd expect them to be slower than the Performance Car/EVO mag ones which were done on a dry track. The times done on a dry track were 6.9 and 7.2 for the Rallye/Gti-6 respectively which is what you are saying is they are capable off. I'd find it entirely believable that they'd be half a second off that with the track wet. I can't see that the times are that 'suspect'

  • Mr Whippy 02 Mar 2012

    s m said:
    Mr Whippy said:
    I never did much figure capturing in my GTi6, but having weighed lots of engine/drivetrain bits from a GTi6 (broke/scrapped one), and done lots of figuring in my GTi6, I'd say ALL the standard figures look a bit out.
    I'd say 7s flat to 60mph is easily achievable if you perfect your 1st gear launching, and I'd say 1215kg is very pessimistic. My 306 HDi weighed 1128kg dry, and I can't see where a GTi6 weighs near 100kg more, maybe 30-35kg tops (about Rallye book weight in my opinion)

    I think the GTi6 suffered with ste 0-60mph times back in the day because they were running the skiddiest low traction tyres ever put on a sporty car, the P6000 from Pirelli. The difference to me was night and day after moving to a modern tyre like the F1 GSD3 when I bought mine!


    Dave
    The Rallye that Autocar figured weighed 1163kg according to the test. The extra 51kg weight of the GTi-6 was put down to the aircon and sunroof.

    The Rallye in the Autocar test ran on Michelin Pilot SX - the important factor in the acceleration times was the wet test track on the day it was timed
    I don't know the actual numbers to be certain, but all of them sound suspect to me in one way or another biggrin

    My GTi6 didn't have a sunroof, and having removed aircon I'd say maybe 15-20kg tops over a non-AC model.

    Modern tyres that actually have grip, and getting good at setting off without bogging down or getting excessive wheel spin, should see 7s to 60mph achievable.

    Basically trying to say they are a rather under-rated car. They always perform better than you would think for what is down on paper.


    I really liked mine but the costs were just crackers *if* you wanted to keep them in good condition and driving how they should. Now owning a BMW and doing bushes once every decade you realise that Peugeot see most parts like bushes, exhausts and engine mounts as bi-annual consumables haha!

    Dave

  • UnderTheRadar 02 Mar 2012

    I got one of these as a hire car on a work trip and my initial thoughts were "Oh bocensoredocks it's a Peugeot. It was a complete hoot with brilliant handling - you knew exactly what was going on underneath your bum. And I was used to daily driving mid-engined RWD at the time. Sadly as it it was a work event my very hung-over passengers meant out of consideration, hoonage had to cease.

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