Tolman Engineering Reimagines the Peugeot 205 GTI

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Tolman Engineering Reimagines the Peugeot 205 GTI

Peugeot never imported the 1980s 205 GTI to the U.S., but the hot hatch rivals (if not exceeds) the love that we have given to the Volkswagen Rabbit GTi. Several have been imported here as antiques, so there certainly is 205 love in America, but it’s a subtle immigrant amongst the popular JDM cult and pricey exotics. Will the Tolman Edition 205 GTI change that?

Much like Singer, the company reimagines old Porsche 911s into bespoke restomods with contemporary performance, Tolman Engineering has reimagined the classic Peugeot 205 GTI with performance, reliability and convenience for modern enjoyment — even as a daily driver.

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Unless you’re in the British Isles, perhaps you haven’t heard of Tolman Engineering. Christopher Tolman founded the company in 2007 after 12 years of working in motorsport, including assembling British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and World Rally Championship (WRC) engines. Over the years, the company has expanded beyond Tolman Engineering to include Tolman Motorsport and Tolman Historic. Drawing on the company’s experience in these facets, including parts it has engineered and manufactured, Tolman Edition has created a 205 GTI that will handle the demands of today’s enthusiast while satisfying the purist, as the build involves “non-invasive enhancements” that allow the 205 GTI to be returned to stock.

“The overriding impression from those experiencing our development car was the emotions it invoked. Drivers stepped out of the car grinning, having rekindled that feeling that’s so hard to find when driving today’s sports cars on the road,” says Chris Tolman. “Back in the 80s and 90s, for me and I’m sure many others, 205 GTIs were a first taste in performance cars; something rewarding, responsive and engaging.”

The ClassicCars.com Journal

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