Car Show Outtake: 1998 Peugeot 106 Rallye Phase 2 – Screaming Little Lion

Maximum driving thrills at an affordable price, that’s the Peugeot 106 Rallye in a nutshell. Go-kart handling at its finest. As a matter of fact, the 106 Rallye wasn’t much bigger or heavier than a go-kart either.

Almost 2.8 million Peugeot 106 hatchbacks were built from 1991 to 2003. It was offered with 3 or 5 doors, throughout its production run it was powered by a whole range of 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. In 1995 even an electric version was added.

The Peugeot 106 Rallye was introduced near the end of 1993. It had a 1.3 liter 8v engine with a maximum power output of 100 hp @ 7,200 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h and top speed? Both utterly irrelevant.

Fearlessly attacking secondary roads, eating up bends and corners, that was its raison d’être (what an appropriate expression now). It just didn’t feel very comfy on the highway, to put it mildly: 4,500 rpm at a speed of 120 km/h in highest gear. That’s not rolling down the highway, that’s loudmouthing down the highway.

One of the outstanding features of the Rallye was…well, that it was completely stripped to the bone; which resulted in a curb weight of only 810 kg (1,786 lbs). The transmission is a 5-speed manual.

The second generation (Phase 2) of the Peugeot 106 arrived in 1996. The Rallye got a bigger 1.6 liter 8v engine, resulting in a maximum power output of 103 hp @ 6,200 rpm.

According to the spec sheet on this fine example its engine is tuned to 124 hp @ 5,800 rpm.

Na aanpassingen means after modifications.

The factory, all-white steelies.

Building excellent small and compact hot hatches, for decades at a stretch both Renault and Peugeot have been really good at it. Allez les Bleus!