PH Heroes: Peugeot 405 Mi16 – PistonHeads

15 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on PH Heroes: Peugeot 405 Mi16 – PistonHeads
Peugeot 405


high-revving engine is key

And what a To differentiate the Mi16 from the 405s, a standard 80s issue and rear spoiler on stilts fitted, complementing the Ferrari-esque alloy wheels. Inside, were fewer changes jazzier trim, and a leather-bound wheel – but that’s not the money went.

Back in Motor magazine beat the acceleration time by sprinting its Mi16 from 0-60mph in 7.8 and onto a 134mph maximum, but figures fail to convey the joy you’ll get from wringing the of an Mi16 today.

Because that’s how you get the most out of The thing bursts into eagerly before settling a lumpy tingling idle. Be to be disappointed by its exhaust note it sounds flat and fizzy.

And it feel a little ordinary pottering. Bear with it and the first time you floor the you’ll be amazed at how the engine hardens at 4,500rpm.

There many left – it if you find one

Work with it

Hang on to it, and enjoy as it heads into the – it’s now in full-cry as you up a gear, and right into the of the power band again.

If as good as Motor’s wheelmen, hit 100mph in gratifying 22 seconds.

So, quick – remarkably so for a car of its without the benefit of a turbo or timing. But where the 405 comes its own is in the way it handles. Peugeot’s chassis certainly knew a thing springing and damping, because like a 205 or 309GTI, the 405 remains on the right piece of road to day.

Its steering is well-geared, nicely and full of feel and communicates camber and surface change. available at the price came – not even the BX.

PSA didn’t the XU9J4 for very long and after 1992, this engine was replaced by the 155hp found in the 306 GTI. The later are less peaky, and slightly on their feet, which that the 1988-92 1.9-litre is the one to As for the Mi16x4 – forget it extra weight, less and no more balance is no compensation for grip in the snow.

Peugeot 405

Another Peugeot hero ever to be repeated?

Many will tell you that all fast 80s Peugeots, the 405Mi16 perform violent acts of oversteer, but the jury’s still out on one in 2012. The first fast 405 I back in the day certainly managed it scaring me on many a wet corner on its standard-fit Michelins, but once on track-biased Yokohamas, it was near-unstickable.

And it’s the same with any today – fit it with rubber, make sure its drop links and dampers are are in order, and enjoy an amazing car of ability. Finding one now’s a matter – survival is pitiful, with 13 taxed cars left on the road ( How Left also reports 42 of all types, including 4×4 post-’92 2.0-litres and the plusher Le So cherish one if you manage it.

And use it how its makers intended.

The Peugeot joins the very top echelons of the PH because it’s a rare, car – and possibly the greatest ever to come out of Peugeot. you imagine them building quite so desirable today?


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