Peugeot 206 GTI

Peugeot 206 RC Preliminary Information

GuyC and PVL translated this from a spec sheet available at:

External differences:

External differences:

Dual exhaust pipes, 17” wheels, larger spoiler on the back, colour coded bumpers and trim.


The engine:

4 cylinder, code EW10 J4S 2.0 16v, 130kW @7000, torque 202 Nm @ 4750.

It’s fitted with a Mécachrome cylinder head, Variable intake timing, fly-by-wire, aluminium four pipe intake, 4 to 1 exhaust manifold into a metallic catalytic converter.


At 2000 rpm, this engine offers a torque of 160 Nm, which represents nearly 80% of the maximum torque available.


The new engine's intake cam is equipped with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) whose angular variation can range between 0 and 40 degrees when compared to the crankshaft. This can be adjusted in one-degree increments thus allowing an optimal filling of the combustion chambers relative to the engine speed.


The compact forged alloy block (AS5) receives cast iron cylinders inserted into the casting. The cast iron GS crankshaft has eight counterweights and is very finely balanced to support engine speeds without vibration - which easily can reach 7300 rpm (redline cut-off point).


Lightened flywheel.


The light alloy pistons have two cut outs avoiding any contact with the intake valves. Base cooling is achieved with an oil jet.


The cross flow type cylinder head is made out of stabilised aluminium. It has fork shaped exhaust ports, which are ported to improve the flow. It also integrates a combustion chamber in the head, modifications allowing a more optimised liquid cooling for the valve train.


The camshaft is equipped with VVT, the variation of the angular setting is managed by the engine control unit (ECU) according to the temperature of oil, engine speed and engine load.


Each combustion chamber (Ø 85 mm) contains four valves, including two intake (Ø 33,5 mm) and two exhaust valves(Ø 28,7 mm). The shafts of these valves are typically 6 mm in diameter.


Each valve is actuated directly by a hydraulic push rod (Ø 30mm) with automatic play adjustment.


The angle formed between the intake and exhaust valves is 47 degrees, the sparkplugs (with a centre-electrode of 26.5 mm) are positioned in the centre of the combustion chamber. Sparkplug replacement is recommended every 120 000 km.


The aluminium intake distributor has a Helmholtz resonator. This distributor runs into four inlet pipes, which are bolted to the cylinder head.


It receives a pressure pick-up (MAP-sensor), which informs the ECU on the level of load. Upstream sits a throttle body, which is controlled electrically by the ECU (fly-by-wire). The ECU provides a phased sequential injection (Magneti Marelli 6 LP) and monostatic ignition (BBC 4.1).  This is composed of four reels of coils vertically mounted on the spark plugs and directly managed by the ECU.


The stainless steel exhaust manifold is made up of 4 of collecting tubes, which in turn is combined into one and covered with an aluminate sheet for thermal protection.


After the manifold (collector), the junction to the rest of the exhaust is via a flexi-joint, making it possible to decrease the noise and is made by the GMP/échappement group.


The exhaust system includes a metal catalytic converter, which can convert 120 gram/ft3, with a capacity of 2l.  It is placed under the body, with an intermediate silencer (capacity 7l) and, finally, across the car under the trunk into a silencer (muffler) with a capacity of 25l.


The exhaust ends in a double chrome tip with each pipe measuring a diameter of 50 mm - confirming the sporty character of the 206 RC.



Cable operated; short ratios except the 1st gear, for better launch.

The rev limiter (cut-off) sits at 7300rpm.

The four cylinder engine (EW10 J4S) is connected to a mechanical gear box of type BE4 with 5 ratios identical to that used by the engine 2.0l EW10 J4 of the 206 GTi. However, to obtain a dynamic pick up out of turns at fallback speed, (a hair-pin for example), the first ratio was lengthened and allows to go to 66 kph @ 7 000 rpm.


The clutch, whose mechanism is driven by cable (hydraulic w/ RHD), has an automatic adjustment and a diameter of 228 mm.


The RC is equipped with light alloy rims (7x17 ET 28 mm) and is shod with tires 205/40 R17W, whose rolling circumference is 1,816 mm.



The 206 RC flexes its muscles via exceptional connections (suspension) to the ground, with great efficiency.  This results in outstanding handling, whilst preserving comfort.


The front has specific adjustments benefiting the drivability and the stability of trajectory, while latest generation rear wheel-axle unit, matches the performance of the engine while optimising general guidance and balance.


Its rear wheel-axle unit received an additional two ties, which connect the arms to the crosspiece and as previously implemented on the 206 SW.


The suspension is complimented with Pirelli P7000 tires of size 205/40 R17 W, fitted on 7” wide aluminium rims.


Also fitted is speed sensitive power steering, modulated according to the engine, which gives the 206 RC a good perception of direction, eg feedback.


The 206 RC is equipped with ESP (dynamic check of stability) of which has the joint function of anti-spin and corrective handling.  It can be disconnected with a switch on the dashboard.


The brake discs and the callipers are dimensioned in accordance to the performance and the endurance expected in this type of sporty version.


As for handling, the 206 RC is equipped with a suspension particularly adapted to the performances and the sporting character of this vehicle, without sacrificing passenger comfort.


Suspensions specifications:

The front has pseudo McPherson triangles with an uncoupled anti roll bar of the size Ø 21 mm, and pressurized hydraulic dampers with 3 bars to fulfil shock absorber duties.

To maximise handling and obtain the best from the suspension set-up, the adoption of Pirelli P7000 tires in associated with a train diagram (modified when compared to the 206 S16 - caster 5,5 mm ± 1 instead of 2,5 mm) and a stiffening of the springs (40 mm/100 daN instead of 55 mm/100 daN) brings at the same time pleasure of control, drivability, and a good stability.


The rear axle unit is fitted with interdependent drawn arm, which is mated with two torsion bars Ø 20 mm, an anti-roll bar of Ø 22 mm, and two hydraulic dampers. For maintaining the guidance of the rear wheel-axle unit and to reduce the steering induced under transverse forces (which occurs mainly with the new dynamic performances of the car thanks to its engine and with the increased rigidity of the tires) the train receives two ties which connect the suspension arms to an light alloy cover interdependent of the cross-piece.


The Ø 21 mm front anti roll bar and Ø22 mm rear bar are different from the GTi version to compensate for the added stiffness related to the springs and to increase drivability creating a generally balanced vehicle for sporting use. The 206 RC is fitted with a dynamic stability check (E.S.P.) from TEVES, type MK60. It allows, in extreme situations and at the limits of physics, to improve the safety of control in the event of a brutal blown tire or avoidance, while remaining a real lively pleasure all the time. The function is switched off by a pushbutton located on the instrument panel on the left of the steering column. After having disconnected the system, a push on the button or restarting the engine restores the function.


The steering rack is equipped with hydraulic assistance, modulated according to the engine speed. When driving, the driver profits a higher degree of accuracy and a good feedback, while at lower engine speeds, like parking the car, the assistance is at its maximum. This assistance decreases gradually and starting from the engine speed of 3 800 rpm it is stabilized with assistance at its minimal value.


The brakes are set up with four discs, the fronts are ventilated and are 283 mm in diameter and 26 mm in width and two solid disks in the rear which are 247 mm in diameter and 8 mm in width. They are fitted with single piston callipers with a diameter of 54 mm on the front and a diameter of 32 mm on the back.


The 206 RC is equipped with ABS made by TEVES series MK 60 allowing it to gather all the functions dependent on braking, the control of trajectory (E.S.P.), the anti-spin (A.S.R.) by the speed sensors fitted at the wheels.


The ABS guarantees a maximum deceleration where necessary while preserving an excellent proportioning effort on the pedal at the time of weak and average decelerations. In the event of strong deceleration (8 m/s2) hazard-warning lights of the vehicle are automatically activated.


For proof of the sporting temperament of the 206 RC, the estimated performances are as follows (only driver on board):

Max speed: 220 kph + (on a circuit)

1000m standing start under 28 sec

0-100 under 7.5

Mid acceleration 80-120 in 5th under 11 sec.


All of this will add to an easy and pleasant control and nevertheless always effective.




The bucket seats in the front have holes in the fixed head rest to eventual put a harness thru, 1/3 2/3 split back seats formed for two rear passengers. The dials go up to 8000 rpm and 250 kph.

Aluminium pedals taken from the GTi. 20mm shorter throw of gear level.


OEM in the RC:


·        Full automatic air-condition

·        A-thermic windscreen

·        Single CD/radio RD3

·        Automatic wipers

·        Automatic headlights

·        Automatic hazard at strong deceleration

·        A net to fix luggage in the trunk

·        External rear view mirrors with electrically fold-back function

·        ESP

·        RPM depended power steering


Some figures:


Engine type                                                                EW10 J4S

Size (cm3)                                                                   1997

Power (kW)                                                                130 @ 7000

Torque (Nm)                                                              202 @ 4750


Provisional performance


Max speed                                                                 220+ kph

·        1000m standing start                                          under 28 sec

·        0 – 100                                                                 under 7.5

·        Mid acceleration 80-120 in 5th                          under 11 sec



·        Type                                                                      BE4 / 5 T

·        Final ratio                                                             19 x 75 (0.2533)

·        Wheels                                                                 7 J 17

·        Tyres                                                                     205/40 R 17 W


Speed (at 1000 rpm in kph)

·        1st                                                                           9.44

·        2nd                                                                         14.76

·        3rd                                                                          20.30

·        4th                                                                          26.26

·        5th                                                                          32.08


Weight (kg)                                                                1100


·        front                                                                       707

·        rear                                                                       393




Production overview

Launched in France                                                              10th of September 1998

Production start in Mulhouse                                               May 1998

Production start in Ryton (GB)                                             July 1998

Start of export to Europe                                                      September/November 1998

206 automatic 3/5 door                                                        January 1999

206 S16/Gti and Roland Garros                                         May 1999

Start production in Chili                                                        May 1999

Start production in Poissy                                                    October 1999

Start production in Argentine                                               June 1999

206 Hdi                                                                                  October 1999

Start production 206 CC in Mulhouse                                October 2000

Launch of 206 CC in France                                               December 2000

Start production in Brazil                                                      April 2001

Start production in Iran                                                         April 2001

2 000 000th 206                                                                    August 2001

2 500 000th 206                                                                    March 2002

Launch of 206 SW                                                                6th of June 2002


Total production at the end of 2002                                    2,718,167

3 door                                                                                     1 083 859      (39,9 %)

5 door                                                                                     1 390 767      (51,2 %)

Coupé Cabriolet                                                                   131 005          ( 4,8 %)

SW                                                                                          12 9538          (   -- %)

Commercial Van                                                                  99 583            (  3,7 %)


Production per site from January until the end of 2002

Mulhouse                                                                              1 800 784

Ryton                                                                                      730 741

Poissy                                                                                                730 1 575

Total in Europe                                                                     3 260 3 100


Argentine                                                                               150 100

Iran                                                                                         160

Chili                                                                                        2526

Brazil                                                                                      3180

Total outside Europe                                                           178 466


Main Total                                                                             3 438 3 566



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