Car pictures of the week
In this week’s car pictures from issue 292, we look at the highlights from Adam Towler’s drive in the Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI
The Peugeot 205 GTI is an icon, and was one of the finest hot hatches on the market at the time of its launch in 1984. Over three decades on, UK-based Tolman Engineering added some 21st century flare to the car and in this week’s car pictures we look at the highlights from Adam Towler’s drive, captured by staff photographer Aston Parrott. To read the feature in full, pick up your copy of issue 292 in store or via the evo shop.
At first glance this 1.6-litre 205 GTI seems to be little more than a well kept original, but look closely and you’ll begin to spot some differences. The paint is immaculate, and for good reason, with Tolman having sandblasted each piece of bodywork inside and out before performing a full respray. Those 15-inch Speedline wheels are also not standard, instead having been taken from the 1.9-litre model to allow for fitment of enlarged 306 GTi 6 front brakes.
Though they appear completely standard in the daytime, the headlights benefit from upgrades such as modern LED bulbs inside the original headlight housings, giving you a little more visibility when the light fades. Though it may seem a small touch, brand new plastic exterior trim and badging also help lift this 205 GTi into another league.
Of course, having a motorsport background, Tolman didn’t leave the modifications there. The car’s single cam, eight-valve four-cylinder engine has been blueprinted and given a complete overhaul with items including a polished and balanced camshaft, skimmed head and more. A new ECU from Motec helps eradicate any of the original’s electronic quirks, while also allowing for a sport mode for improved throttle response and burbles – you wouldn’t know it, but the retro Sport mode dashboard icon pictured above has been added by Tolman.
Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs also aim to improve dynamics, and although the car’s output certainly isn’t a match for its modern counterparts, weight is certainly on its side. To find out how it drives, pick up your copy of issue 292 to read Adam Towler’s verdict – out now in store or online via the evo shop!
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.