Peugeot 205 GTI
When Peugeot introduced their compact 205 models in 1983, a performance GTI version wasn’t in the cards. Soon, they realized that a hopped-up model could have a perspective on the market. So, Peugeot presented the 205 with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder and 115 HP. The combination of a lightweight body, precise steering, rev-happy engine, and lively performance proved extremely popular with global buyers.
Peugeot even considered selling the 205 GTI in America. However, since they pulled out of the market in 1991, U.S. buyers never got the chance to experience one of the best affordable compact performance cars of the ’80s. As all European hot hatches of the day, the 205 GTI had front wheel drive and drivers praised it for its handling and superb driving feel.