RE: The 10,000rpm 106 GTI: Time For Coffee

RE: The 10,000rpm 106 GTI: Time For Coffee

Wednesday 16th May

The 10,000rpm 106 GTI: Time For Coffee?

220hp, 800kg, and a whole heap of fun!



When people talk about cars not being how they used to be, it's not just the manual Lamborghinis and spiky rear-engined Porsches they're on about. Until their demise 15 years ago, the Peugeot 106 GTI (and slightly less glamorous Saxo VTS sibling) offered the sort of pared back, raw hot hatch thrills that nobody really thought would last into the 21st century. Certainly there's no chance of anything similar being made again. Think about them this way: both made more power than the new Up GTI, yet weighed less. So were faster. And came out more than 20 years ago.

Anyway, to the point of this video. As the cars were blessed with such agility and dynamism, the 106 and Saxo became great bases for rally and track projects. And this particular 106 GTI, raced by a hillclimber called Martin Zamberger, could be our favourite yet.

Why? Revs, that's why. Check the dyno run at the end of the vid in case the wickedly quick hill run doesn't convince you. The thing just spins and spins, howling its little heart out to a point way beyond your ears suggest it should go - it's incredible. The graph shows its making peak power at 9,470rpm and peak torque at 7,750rpm. Because race car, right?

With somewhere in the region of 220hp, the 106 absolutely flies. There's no understeer, no wheelspin, no waste of power as Zamberger winds his way up another stunning European hillclimb. No doubt many, many hours have been invested in the little Peugeot, but it looks like a labour of love that was well worth the time. See the vid below, and try not to curse the fact that good GTIs are getting more expensive by the day - because who wouldn't want to make a 106 as mad as this?

 

[Photo: Martin Zamberger, via Facebook]

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Oakman

Original Poster:

149 posts

93 months

Wednesday 16th May
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It wasn't mentioned in the write up, is that 106 four wheel drive ?

It is on a 4 WD dynamometer

Hopefully more knowledgeable than me can confirm ?

DoubleTime

1,081 posts

77 months

Wednesday 16th May
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The way the back end is being dragged round those corners I'd say fwd.

Krikkit

13,323 posts

116 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Oakman said:
It wasn't mentioned in the write up, is that 106 four wheel drive ?
Nope: http://www.hillclimbfans.com/news/martin-zamberger...

Impressive revs for a TU5.

Oakman

Original Poster:

149 posts

93 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Thank you Krikkit, most appreciated

Krikkit said:

DanielSan

13,537 posts

102 months

Wednesday 16th May
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I want it
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AC43

6,361 posts

143 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Sounds amazing. Love it.

GT Glee

695 posts

110 months

Wednesday 16th May
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I remember the stock 106 GTi as a responsive, amazing handling car, and its atmo 1.6 was a joy to use. The closest you'll get today is the Swift Sport 1.6, albeit now recently out of production.

s m

16,817 posts

138 months

Wednesday 16th May
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GT Glee said:
I remember the stock 106 GTi as a responsive, amazing handling car, and its atmo 1.6 was a joy to use. The closest you'll get today is the Swift Sport 1.6, albeit now recently out of production.
Indeed it ( and the VTS ) was. Really made the most of its 120bhp. People only seem to remember about the crash tests these days though and the attention goes to the similar power but slower Puma

Branch666

2 posts

10 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Why are the back wheels spinning on a 4wd? Does look front wheel drive though the way it drives.

9k rpm

96 posts

145 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Extremely happy memories of the 106 GTi I owned some 15 years ago, stayed in the family for over 10 years.

Lift off oversteer was very scary first time I experienced it (going too fast on the M4 entry slip west from jct 7) but once used to the chassis’ behaviour it was great fun exploiting it at slower speeds. The ditch finder tyres it was on when I bought it probably didn’t help!

This one sounds epic, more like a bike engine!

Edited by 9k rpm on Wednesday 16th May 20:44

G30001

16 posts

78 months

Wednesday 16th May
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So much want, what a car!!!!!!!!!

I badly wanted one back in the day to replace my 205 GTI but just couldn't ever quite afford it.

406dogvan

5,281 posts

200 months

Wednesday 16th May
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Oh God - back to the Euro HillClimbing videos again - just when I thought I'd got out, they drew me back in smile

SO many eyeballs are drawn to vacuous douchebags showing-off their and their 'friends' new cars on Youtube every day when they COULD be watching this stuff - some of the greatest cars ever made (ex Rally/RallyCross/Touring Cars and Road Cars) actually competing at things - making noises - being amazing.

Cars doing what cars are made to do - actually performing rather than just discussing performance over coffee -actually racing, not taking a hipster in a jumper to the South of France or around London's West End...

Less 'influencers' would be lovely in my YT feed - more of this required...

heebeegeetee

26,257 posts

183 months

Thursday 17th May
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406dogvan said:
Oh God - back to the Euro HillClimbing videos again - just when I thought I'd got out, they drew me back in smile

SO many eyeballs are drawn to vacuous douchebags showing-off their and their 'friends' new cars on Youtube every day when they COULD be watching this stuff - some of the greatest cars ever made (ex Rally/RallyCross/Touring Cars and Road Cars) actually competing at things - making noises - being amazing.

Cars doing what cars are made to do - actually performing rather than just discussing performance over coffee -actually racing, not taking a hipster in a jumper to the South of France or around London's West End...

Less 'influencers' would be lovely in my YT feed - more of this required...
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I mean, I don't really know much about these 'Vloggers' (is that how they're referred to?) but courtesy of another thread on PH I actually sat and watched this the other morning - https://youtu.be/44CMdfIQ3xQ - and I somehow feel that it represents a low point of my motoring life, and it's a scene that I just don't get (though I do say bloody well done to those guys who have crafted that sort of lifestyle for themselves. Perhaps that's partly why it was a low point for me, as I go to work and do the same thing every day).

But you're right, for god's sake there is so much more that can be done with cars than treating them as bloody expensive jewelry.

DoubleTime

1,081 posts

77 months

Thursday 17th May
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heebeegeetee said:
406dogvan said:
Oh God - back to the Euro HillClimbing videos again - just when I thought I'd got out, they drew me back in smile

SO many eyeballs are drawn to vacuous douchebags showing-off their and their 'friends' new cars on Youtube every day when they COULD be watching this stuff - some of the greatest cars ever made (ex Rally/RallyCross/Touring Cars and Road Cars) actually competing at things - making noises - being amazing.

Cars doing what cars are made to do - actually performing rather than just discussing performance over coffee -actually racing, not taking a hipster in a jumper to the South of France or around London's West End...

Less 'influencers' would be lovely in my YT feed - more of this required...
thumbup

I mean, I don't really know much about these 'Vloggers' (is that how they're referred to?) but courtesy of another thread on PH I actually sat and watched this the other morning - https://youtu.be/44CMdfIQ3xQ - and I somehow feel that it represents a low point of my motoring life, and it's a scene that I just don't get (though I do say bloody well done to those guys who have crafted that sort of lifestyle for themselves. Perhaps that's partly why it was a low point for me, as I go to work and do the same thing every day).

But you're right, for god's sake there is so much more that can be done with cars than treating them as bloody expensive jewelry.
To each their own and all that gents, however I know which I prefer watching! biggrin

https://youtu.be/TElXdhpjJ2Q

CO2000

2,749 posts

144 months

Thursday 17th May
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This one I liked (on the road too biggrin)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fYz5UbkYQ4