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RE: Peugeot 106 Rallye S1: Spotted

Thursday 1st February

Peugeot 106 Rallye S1: Spotted

Sochaux has built faster and more famous cars than its stripped out baby hatch - but few that ever bettered its cost-to-fun ratio



No-one could teach Peugeot anything about superminis in the early 90s. The 205 was ten years old, but still so perfectly formed that Sochaux had barely fiddled with the exterior. Of course it spawned the coolest and prettiest hot hatch of them all - but even the lowliest versions didn't short change anyone. It was the definitive B-segment smash: stylish, fun, uncomplicated and cheap. 

It was so successful that Peugeot attempted to repeat the trick without going through the unnerving business of actually replacing it. Ostensibly the 106's predecessor was the 104 - but it was the lessons learnt with the 205 which informed the development of the new entry-level model, based as it was on much the same platform. The evolutionary attitude was plain enough in the way the Series I cars looked, too: the 205's 80s chic receiving only the most sympathetic of 90s tweaks. 


Some trim designations crossed over, as well - but not the GTI badge, which was preserved for the 205 until the 205 version went out of production in 1993. Instead, and in keeping with its low-cost ethos, the quicker 106 was offered as an XSi - or a Rallye. The latter had history aplenty with the 205, despite never being sold in the UK in its bonafide format. On the continent, Peugeot had shifted 30,000 - and no wonder: the model combined the GTI's suspension with a feisty 102hp 1.3-litre engine (on twin Weber carbs) and just 794kg of kerbweight. 

Being uninclined to fix something which plainly wasn't broken - and with its eye on international rallying - the pre-facelift version of the 106, the Series 1, essentially repeated the 'fewer frills, more thrills' formula. Its chassis shared much with the slightly older XSi, although the Rallye benefitted from a larger anti-roll bar at the back and Peugeot (anticipating heavy-handed treatment) reinforced the front suspension mounts. 

The engine - the short-lived TU2 J2 - is a confirmed peach. An evolution of the TU24 unit which had powered the 205 version, the 1,294cc 8-valve motor had swapped out its carburettors for the better efficiency of Magnetti Marelli fuel injection, but with 100hp at 7200rpm and a close ratio five-speed 'box, its raucousness barely sustained a dent. And with only 825kg to overcome, the Rallye had that uncanny fast supermini way of feeling massively quicker than 9.6 seconds to 60mph suggests. 


Perhaps this was because there was nothing else to focus on in a cabin uncluttered by superfluous luxuries like electric windows or plastic trim. Beyond the minuscule black dash, body-coloured metal was the Rallye way; even the characteristic red carpet was said to be lightweight. Beyond that there were three pedals, half a yard of gearstick and a three-spoke steering wheel powered exclusively by the arms God gave you. 

And that was all it needed. Peugeot's nous and physics did the rest; bequeathing the Rallye much the same spiky and immersive handling experience that had already been immortalized by the 205. Sochaux would eventually get round to installing more power in the 106 - most memorably in the GTI, but in the S2 Rallye, too - yet the S1's cultish reputation remains unwrinkled by what came later. 


Consequently, its values - having previously dipped close to Shed money not too many moons ago - have now rebounded to the point where a well kept (but still well used) example is considered desirable enough to be worth only £2k less than it was in 1994. Plainly that somewhat negates the car's original low-cost appeal, but with just 76k on the clock our Spotted can list increasing rarity alongside pitch perfect looks, steel wheels, preposterously low mass and that engine. A connoisseur's keeper. 


SPECIFICATION - PEUGEOT 106 RALLYE

Engine: 1,294cc, 4-cylinder
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 100@7,200rpm
Torque (lb ft): 80@5,400rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1994
Recorded mileage: 76,000 
Price new: £8,995
Price now: £6,940

See the original advert here.

 

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Jon_S_Rally

Original Poster:

21 posts

14 months

Thursday 1st February
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I blinkin' love these. Would love an original one. Such a shame so many got the 16v engine fitted, sacrilege in my view.

Not a mention of its homologation origins though? Isn't the clue in the name - Rallye - as in rally car?

x19dude

19 posts

63 months

Thursday 1st February
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What a fantastic little car. I have an S2 106 GTI and absolutely love it - it is incredible fun to throw around backroads. .

meehaja

374 posts

34 months

Thursday 1st February
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Seen a couple of minters recently and been tempted a few times over the years...

jeremy996

124 posts

152 months

Thursday 1st February
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My wife loved hers and cried when it was sold. (Although the Beetle Cabriolet that replaced it was very stylish, it was not a great drive).

April 1995; M91KBC - red, no sunroof, (special order, I banged my head on the sunroof frame of the demonstrator), it looks like it came off MOT in 2009 and recorded untaxed from November 2013.

I have looked at buying one, but too many have the GTI engine fitted and the engine was a great deal of the appeal.

Turbobanana

875 posts

127 months

Thursday 1st February
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I ran 2 as demonstrators back in the day, a white one and a red. (The only other colour available was black).

The white was a bog standard, non-sunroof car (not special order - you had to opt FOR it, not against) which had sat in the showroom for the entire consignment period and was registered (for me!) the day before we had to pay for it. Bloody loved that car - revved out to 7,200 easily; stiffer rear ARB meant left-foot braking on roundabouts induced oversteer; I took the radio out of mine as I couldn't hear it; and, despite my size 11 shoes, I could easily heel and toe - many will say they couldn't. It remains one of the best wet-weather cars I ever drove, mainly because - although it was so light - it was so controllable and stable and had relatively wide tyres for the day.

Did 12,000 miles in it before we eventually managed to move it on (not that I was trying too hard smile)

Red one was too posh: sunroof, aftermarket alloys, alarm and central locking. Never went as well as the white one.
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Itsallicanafford

1,745 posts

85 months

Thursday 1st February
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Few adverts

mrbarnett

63 posts

19 months

Thursday 1st February
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I wonder what a Rallye would look like if it was launched in 2018? (As in, how would a 'paired-down' hot hatch be specified today?)

Edited by mrbarnett on Thursday 1st February 12:21

suffolk009

3,440 posts

91 months

Thursday 1st February
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Would love too find an unmolested S2 in Blue. Sadly, too many appear with the 16v engine swapped in.

I breathed an actual sigh of relief when I finished reading the article. It's just the usual Cackett WordSalad. With far too many adventurously punctuated sentences. Would you please try and resist the use of so many dashes, commas, colons, semi-colons (and brackets) all in the same sentence. It's exhausting to read.

And, "And" is no way to start a sentence, let alone a paragraph.

Turbobanana

875 posts

127 months

Thursday 1st February
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mrbarnett said:
I wonder what a Rallye would look like if it was launched in 2018? (As in, how would a 'paired-down' hot hatch be specified today?)

Edited by mrbarnett on Thursday 1st February 12:21
- High output, turbo engine (at least 200 BHP, but only slightly remapped from the standard one)
- Alloys, at least 18" but with tyres too wide for fun
- Slightly lower-spec infotainment system but still a crappy iPad glued to the dash
- Carbon fibre effect trim
- Lairy interior trim (but not too lairy, so as not to alienate potential buyers)
- Advertising based on a lap time at the 'Ring, natch
- A range of "special" colours, all of which will be shades of grey / silver / black


Edited by Turbobanana on Thursday 1st February 12:34

Turbobanana

875 posts

127 months

Thursday 1st February
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suffolk009 said:
Would love too find an ...
Own house in order first, please.

suffolk009

3,440 posts

91 months

Thursday 1st February
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Turbobanana said:
suffolk009 said:
Would love too find an ...
Own house in order first, please.
Yep, fair enough. But I'm just some random twit on a forum being pedantic. I'm not the professional journalist here.

Turbobanana

875 posts

127 months

Thursday 1st February
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suffolk009 said:
Turbobanana said:
suffolk009 said:
Would love too find an ...
Own house in order first, please.
Yep, fair enough. But I'm just some random twit on a forum being pedantic. I'm not the professional journalist here.
A good point well made.

I do agree though. PH: proof reading (doesn't) matter.

Apologies for the (brackets) smile

Jon_S_Rally

Original Poster:

21 posts

14 months

Thursday 1st February
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Itsallicanafford said:




Few adverts
Those sort of illustrate my point really. It's competition heritage seems a bit of a glaring omission...

SmartVenom

393 posts

95 months

Thursday 1st February
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A proper stripped back special. Nowadays we are told Porsche’s with aircon, infotainment, every toy imaginable but door pulls rather than handles is stripped back. I think this shows the truth.

m444ttb

2,847 posts

155 months

Thursday 1st February
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I bought a black S1 Rallye as my first car when I was 18 in 2000. It was the car I really wanted and I'd love to own another alongside my 996 and another Westfield. Then I'd have three of the cars I always wanted! The Rallye would have to be standard and in black with no sunroof though (mine had a sunroof).

Sadly my time with a Rallye was very short lived. A bit of miscommunication between me and CIS' insurance agent. 'Insurance group 7 sir? That wont be a problem'. Only to find it was on their restricted car list. I only found out after putting down a deposit and on the day I was due to collect. In the end we insured it for my Mum and she drove it home for me. I sold it a couple of weeks later and after a few months more saving bought a far better (condition, age, mileage) 1.6 XSi instead. Oddly despite being group 11 that was just fine. But it was always Rallye I wanted.

Dale487

513 posts

49 months

Thursday 1st February
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Turbobanana said:
mrbarnett said:
I wonder what a Rallye would look like if it was launched in 2018? (As in, how would a 'paired-down' hot hatch be specified today?)

Edited by mrbarnett on Thursday 1st February 12:21
- High output, turbo engine (at least 200 BHP, but only slightly remapped from the standard one)
- Alloys, at least 18" but with tyres too wide for fun
- Slightly lower-spec infotainment system but still a crappy iPad glued to the dash
- Carbon fibre effect trim
- Lairy interior trim (but not too lairy, so as not to alienate potential buyers)
- Advertising based on a lap time at the 'Ring, natch
- A range of "special" colours, all of which will be shades of grey / silver / black


Edited by Turbobanana on Thursday 1st February 12:34
VW are the ones who could get the closest (as a parts bin exercise);

  • VW Up GTI
  • Base the interior on the basic Up - 2 speaker basic audio, no air con, 3 door only, no false boot floor, plastic steering wheel & gear knob
  • Smaller, lighter wheels than the GTI (15" or 16") - white, steel wheels but I bet they wouldn't dare
  • Limited colours - red, white, basic blue & primer grey
  • Drop the price by £1000-£1250 compared to the GTI
  • Call it the Rallye - they have history with the name (4x4, box arch, G60 Golf)
But everyone would still buy the full fat GTI - haven't Honda sold a basic Civic Type-R & GT version but everyone bought the GT model (a larger car I know) - shame.




DoubleTime

873 posts

68 months

Thursday 1st February
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It's amazing how right Pug got it with various models back then and proceeded to take a nose dice straight off the cliff isn't it?

Doing their best to rectify their mistakes with there recent crop but still a long way off Renault imo.

Anyway, I digress and as much as I hate to talk about values of feisty little machines such as the 106 rallye, it definitely wont be losing any more money, that's for sure.

DivineRS

35 posts

1 month

Thursday 1st February
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Superb little car.

Krikkit

11,622 posts

107 months

Thursday 1st February
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Dale487 said:
VW are the ones who could get the closest (as a parts bin exercise);

  • VW Up GTI
  • Base the interior on the basic Up - 2 speaker basic audio, no air con, 3 door only, no false boot floor, plastic steering wheel & gear knob
  • Smaller, lighter wheels than the GTI (15" or 16") - white, steel wheels but I bet they wouldn't dare
  • Limited colours - red, white, basic blue & primer grey
  • Drop the price by £1000-£1250 compared to the GTI
  • Call it the Rallye - they have history with the name (4x4, box arch, G60 Golf)
But everyone would still buy the full fat GTI - haven't Honda sold a basic Civic Type-R & GT version but everyone bought the GT model (a larger car I know) - shame.
That sounds like a right laugh. Want!

Dale487

513 posts

49 months

Thursday 1st February
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Krikkit said:
Dale487 said:
VW are the ones who could get the closest (as a parts bin exercise);

  • VW Up GTI
  • Base the interior on the basic Up - 2 speaker basic audio, no air con, 3 door only, no false boot floor, plastic steering wheel & gear knob
  • Smaller, lighter wheels than the GTI (15" or 16") - white, steel wheels but I bet they wouldn't dare
  • Limited colours - red, white, basic blue & primer grey
  • Drop the price by £1000-£1250 compared to the GTI
  • Call it the Rallye - they have history with the name (4x4, box arch, G60 Golf)
But everyone would still buy the full fat GTI - haven't Honda sold a basic Civic Type-R & GT version but everyone bought the GT model (a larger car I know) - shame.
That sounds like a right laugh. Want!
Well that's 2 potential buyers for the VW Up Rallye.