Peugeot 206 CC test
Intro: A CRACKING COMBINATION
Unveiled two years ago as the "two-oh-heart", the 206 Coupé Cabriolet or CC (Coup de Coeur), had the place of honour on the Peugeot stand at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. At 16,200 Euros for the basic model, the 206 CC is the best "2 in 1" all-rounder on the market. The car boasts a winning combination of pure strength, driving performance of a hatchback and perfect appearance and offers the charm of a coupé with the driving pleasure of a cabriolet. Retro style with roadster flair. Those who claimed that Mercedes had created the retractable hard-top that folds into the boot would be surprised to know that it was in fact a Peugeot innovation from 1933, first used on the 402 Eclipse. The 206 CC has brought this legendary concept back into fashion, and can transform from cabriolet to coupe in 20 seconds.The test model was the 1.6-litre with 110 bhp.
Esthetique: SO LITTLE
The extremely inclined windscreen posts may become a problem when getting into the vehicle. Your head comes within a hair's breadth of the upper corner of the windscreen. When questioned about this problem, Peugeot replied that you quickly get used to placing your hand on the post first. Seats at the rear are purely token, even if they are fitted with three-point seat belts. There is enough room for an adult to squeeze into the back, but with limited space and almost no view.
his Coupé Cabriolet is available with a choice of two engines under its inclining bonnet, 1.6-litre or 2.0-litre 16 valve. The test model was fitted with a new generation 1.6 -litre 16 V, with twin overhead camshaft, an engine designed to comply to the Euro 3 antipollution standards. The cylinder heads of this 4-cylinder engine have been modified for increased peformance and according to the manufacturer, the 206 CC can reach a maximum speed of 193 km/h and drive 1000 m in 32"8 from a standing start. The 110 bhp at 5750 rpm from 1587cm3. The 1.6-litre offers 147 Nm torque at 4000 rpm but 85% of this is available from 2000 rpm.
On the road: BAD IN CABRIOLET CONFIGURATION
The car's greatest downfall is the handling in cabriolet configuration
. The swirling wind in the interior soon becomes unbearable and counts out any fast or long motorway driving. Although reduced with the window closed, the whirlwind remains very irritating. To remedy this problem, Peugeot brought out a minimising device but it is sold as an accessory rather than as an option. It will of course be available at your nearest Peugeot dealer. Comfort-wise on the other hand, the 206 CC is a real success as it adapts well to any kind of road surface. The road-holding is faultless and you'll find all the qualities of the famous PSA chassis. Whether in coupé or cabriolet, the rigidity of the CC is spot on.