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Peugeots official press release photograph 20th October 1993 & Brochure Cover

The Peugeot 106 RALLYE Series 1 was born out of necessity - to compete and win international rallying for the popular sub 1400cc car class. It was homologated into international group N and A rallying class, and therefore a minimum number of road going cars had to be built. It was launched in the UK at the London Motor Show in late October 1993.

Peugeot originally commissioned 1000 Rallyes to be imported into the UK but the actual number of cars imported was higher than this due to the popular demand from the UK consumer market.  They were available to buy new from Peugeot dealers since November 1993 with the last new RALLYE registered in May 1997.


There are now approximately 969 S1 Rallyes registered in the UK (DVLA 2003) that makes it one of the rarest Peugeot models in existence.


Bianca White, Cherry Red and Black S1 Rallye's, the 3 available colours in the UK

Based upon the Peugeot 106 100bhp 1.4 XSi that was launched a couple of years earlier, the evocatively named Rallye was designed for the enthusiastic sporting driver with its high revving engine, uprated suspension and sporty exterior. In anticipation of competition use, front suspension mounting points have been strengthened and the sound deadening trim is easily removed.

'Nothing subtle about this little baby - its a gusty revy formula for fun'

Performance Car, 1993

 

Engine & Gearbox

The four-cylinder (TU2J2) unit in the 106 Rallye is a small capacity, easily accessible engine of 1294cc. With two-valves per cylinder and a single overhead camshaft, specific power is 77bhp per litre (55.6kW/l)

Maximum output is 100bhp (72kW)  at 7200rpm with fuel injection cut-off at 7400rpm/ Maximum torque is 108Nm (11.2mkg) at 5400rpm. A Magnetti Marelli 08P21 combined ignition and injection system is fitted for optimum all-round efficiency.

This engine, with a three-way catalyst and a knock sensor, can run on RON 95 unleaded petrol. The light alloy cylinder block (bore x stroke: 75mm x 73.2mm) with its wet liners is derived from that of the 1300cc 205 Rallye.

The con rods, pistons and crankshaft are also shared but the cylinder head, also light alloy, is derived from the TU3J2 engine of the Peugeot 106 XSi, with a compression ratio of 10.2:1.

There are four seperate intake branches on the manifold and the mouths of these intakes have sufficient material for enlarging in the process of subsequent development.

The special camshaft has TU3 dimensions. Inlet and exhaust valves have the same 11mm lift with diameters of 39mm and 31.5mm respectively. The inlet manifold has an optimum 2.5 litres capacity while the inlet branches have a capacity of 1.6 litres, thus ensuring the capability to exploit the difference between "production standard" power and higher performance.

A rubber buffer absorbs vibration between the "outrigged" main manifold and the cylinder head. The air filter, with a venturi, is mounted behind the front cross-member. The exhaust is siamesed, with a cast collector chamber and a welded, rolled steel rear chamber.

The cooling circuit incorporates a copper-cored radiator and coolant bottle, plus a single-speed electrode cooling fan, thermostatically controlled. Engine oil cooling is by an eight-leaf water/oil heat exchanger.


"....so compact are its dimensions, so precise and communicative is its steering, you never exit a corner using any more road than you envisaged on the way in"


Autocar & Motor, 1993

Suspension & Braking

The Peugeot 106 Rallye suspension is similar to that on the Peugeot 106 XSi, the only difference being increased diameter anti-roll bars. The springs and dampers are shared with the XSi.

Up front, a forged steel wishbone and an independent 22mm anti-roll bar are linked to the support strut by a double ball-jointed rod. This layout results in a virtually instantaneous anti-roll response which exactly meets the design specification.

The rear trailing arm and torsion bars suspension also has an anti-roll bar with its diameter increased to 21mm from the 19mm bar fitted to the XSi. The two torsion bars are 19mm which is the same size as the 106 XSi and GTi 16v.

The rack and pinion steering has a three-spoke steering wheel fitted with a medallion in the Peugeot Talbot Sport colours.

The braking system comprises 247mm ventilated front discs and 180mm diameter rear drums, with 8" vacuum servo assistance.

As an option, twin-sensor anti-lock braking was available when buying new.


'The steering feel is sensational, the chassis balance just on the controllable side of knife edge and the unburstable engine begs you to wring every last molecule of power from it'

evo, 1996

Exterior & Bodywork

The 106 Rallye was only available in three colours - Bianca White, Cherry Red or Black. Peugeot Talbot Sport (PTS) livery as standard and lightweight Michelin Sport 5.5x14" steel wheels. The bodywork enhanced by deep front sports spoiler, coloured rear bumper, and all-round coloured wheel arch extensions.

It shares the 106 XSi front bumper design but comes completely colour painted to match the bodywork. The lower foglights on the XSi bumper have been replaced with two side grilles. Behind each grille there is a blanking plate which can be removed at will to improve brake cooling.


Front wheel arch, front bumper with grilles, and rear bumper with tailgate graphics.

 

The wheel arches have plastic wing extensions which are painted the body colour. These are unique to the Rallye and are not fitted to any other 106 model. A Peugeot Talbot Sport (PTS) body stripe links the front and rear wing extensions.

Other PTS livery is found on the right front corner of the bonnet and on either side of the rear boot. The rear bumper is also painted the body colour producing a very sporty looking car with its pedigree clearly on show for all to see.

The RALLYE has Michelin Sport steel wheels painted white as standard. These 5.5 x 14" wheels are very lightweight to aid handling and performance. Standard tyres fitted to the RALLYE are Pirelli P4000 175/60. The 4-stud wheels have black Peugeot centre caps with a silver outlined Peugeot lion emblem in the centre.


Side graphics and Michelin sport steel wheels

Bodywork Colour Codes

P0WP - Bianca White
P0KB - Cherry Red
P0XY - Black 

'What we have here is the most throttle adjustable front-wheel drive car currently made'

Autocar & Motor, 1994

Interior

Peugeot have given the Rallye a subtly coloured, sporty interior treatment to match the cars evocative look. Inside, the front bucket seats with high lateral support are upholstered in special black cloth trim with red PTS logo's on them. The rear is fitted with a one piece folding bench seat in matching trim. 

The Rallye also has a special lightweight carpet in a vibrant red colour with matching red seatbelts front and rear. These are unique to the Rallye and not fitted to any other Peugeot model.

 
Series 1 Rallye Interior

There is a black dashboard based upon the standard 106 Series 1 layout, it features a 3 spoke sports steering wheel with PTS logo on the centre cap. Interior plastics are kept to a minimum to loose weight hence the large amount of bare metal showing inside the car.

Peugeot thoughtfully equipped the Rallye. The instruments, in a large four-dial layout, include an electronic rev. counter, a trip meter, digital clock and a warning lights array:  water temperature gauge, fuel level, battery charge, handbrake, oil level and temperature. The Rallye is equipped with H4 headlamps and two-speed plus intermittent wash-wipe, door mirrors remotely adjustable and rear wash-wipe. Optional extra's included a factory fitted glass sunroof when buying new.

'The achievement you get from wringing this terrific little car along a tricky piece of road, is right up there with the very best driver’s cars money can buy'

evo, 2004

Conclusion

The close ratio gearbox and uprated suspension are perfectly matched to the mega 1.3 litre engine to produce a winning combination of exciting acceleration and tenacious roadholding. The 106 Rallye has just what it takes to make driving sheer sparking fun!


On track at Anglesey, Curborough and  Prescott Hillclimb

 

Written by Mark Yates, January 2004
Updated by Duncan Conway, December 2005

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