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
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
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
Suspension & Braking
"....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
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'
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
Front wheel arch, front bumper with grilles, and rear bumper with tailgate graphics.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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'
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