This Peugeot 205 might only have 215bhp, but it's faster than a Porsche Cayman S

The Peugeot 205 has an extraordinary motorsport history with victories in WRC, the Paris-Dakar Rally, and rallycross. However, its official retirement from competition didn’t stop privateers racing their own 205 creations. This is the Peugeot 205 RS16 Evo II, likely the fastest Peugeot you’ll see today.

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Designed for hillclimb events, the RS16 is built with a power to weight ratio that puts some sports cars to shame. It might only have 225bhp from its 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine built by Klaus Motorsport, but it weighs just 750kg!

This combination allows for a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds — faster than that of a Porsche 718 Cayman S. The top speed is less impressive at 129mph, but hillclimbing is all about fast acceleration out of tight bends.

The build process was quite extreme with methodology similar to that of Peugeot’s Group B rally efforts. A standard road-legal 205 hatchback was totally stripped of everything, including its paint. Next up was stiffening the body and adding safety with a substantial roll cage welded in place.

The front and rear track has been widened and a custom suspension system manufactured and installed. As well as the necessary flared wheel arches, this 205 also features an extensive aerodynamic package.

Sitting just inches from the ground and looking serious in Peugeot Sport blue, the whole project has been perfectly executed. Piloted by Chrisitan Schneider, the 205 RS16 Evo II won its class in the recent Cividale-Castelmonte Hillclimb 2018.

It’s well worth checking out the video of this incredibly quick hatch revving to it stratospheric 9,000rpm while tackling a stage. It might not be competing in the full 2018 calendar this year, but it’s certainly proved itself at this event.