MG ZR 160 VS Peugeot 206 RC

In this rivalry, we compare two B-Segment hot hatches from the 00’s. On the left, the MG ZR 160 from Great Britain, was the fastest version of the Rover 25. On the right, the Peugeot 206 RC from France, also known as the GTi 180 in the UK, was inspired by the success of the 206 WRC car. Both models featured stiffer suspension, 17″ wheels, larger brakes and uprated engines compared to the lesser variants, and were known for their competitive performance figures and great handling.

So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications.





ModelMG ZR 160Peugeot 206 RC / GTi 180
Engine Displacement1796 cm31997 cm3
InductionNaturally AspiratedNaturally Aspirated
Fuel SystemMultipoint InjectionMultipoint Injection
Power (hp)160177
Power (kw)118130
Power (@rpm)@6900 rpm@7000 rpm
Torque (Nm)174202
Torque (@rpm)@4700 rpm@4750 rpm
Top Speed (km/h)210 km/h220 km/h
Top Speed (mph)130 mph137 mph
Consumption (lt/100km)7,58,6
CO2 (g/km)179 g/km204 g/km
Gearbox5 MT5 MT
Weight1090 kg1100 kg
Length4011 mm3840 mm
Width1689 mm1669 mm
Height1400 mm1430 mm
Wheelbase2499 mm2441 mm
Front Track1473 mm1440 mm
Rear Track1458 mm1430 mm
Boot Space303246
Tire Size205/45 R17205/40 R17
Front Brakes282 mm Ventilated Discs283 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes260 mm Discs247 mm Discs

So which one do you prefer;

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2 thoughts on “MG ZR 160 VS Peugeot 206 RC”

    1. Thanks for your comment Trollien, I agree with your remarks however there is a possibility that the MG ZR looks more interesting because it wasn’t such a common sight in the roads as the very popular Peugeot 206.


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