Wheels passionate appraisal of an early 205 GTi encouraged Peugeot importers JRA to launch the car locally two years after we tested the original 1.6-litre version. Until the Pug, Australia missed out on the European hot-hatch craze, so the 205 was a revelation. In terms of ultra-sharp responses and driving thrills, nothing came remotely close. Lift off, and the tail flicked out, a trait that was there to be exploited. Instant commands extended to the rev-happy engine and a gearchange that was a racer's delight. Bell's Line of Road was never more enjoyable.