Having Owned both the Quicksilver and currently a GTI I can honestly say that with some very brutal clutch work the little 1.4 engine is not as quick as my 16v, but it's not far off. My partner has a Saxo 16v and am quite depressed as it kills the 106 in performance and grip. This suprised me as it is only 16KG lighter. But also slightly different ratios makes for killer 2nd gear pull.
I currently have a 106 GTI and have not met a quicksilver yet that can keep up with me to about 85mph, the GTI pulls away from the start right up to 140mph leaving the quicksilver as a very small object in the rear view mirror.
I own a 98 Quiksilver. The car has just clocked 30k miles and is running like a dream. I will admit, the GTI is a different grade to the Quiksilver and it was only the cost of the insurance which made me choose this model. If any one can get a decent insurance qoute, I would certainly recommend the GTI, for the 1/2 leather, extras and performance it is well worth it. Also bear in mind, that the cars cost the same amount of money anyway on the second hand market.
Finally, I would just like to add, that when I was in mates GTI, he left a Punto GT, Saxo VTS and Ibiza Cupra Sport v Turbo for dead.
May the 106 be around forever, a true hothatch.
My quicksilver has done 68000 miles and still runs like a dream...I'm thinking about getting a new air filter and full sports exhaust system, and eventually a set of 15" alloys... anyone know what the best options are???
I currently own a 97 ford fiesta 1.4 16v ghia x, I am debating whether to buy a 106 quicksilver. What I need to know is whether it will be quicker than my fiesta can anybody help?
Why do you some of you think that the quicksilver is a nippy car (a hot hatch even)? Its only a standard 1.4 engine, and so should not be even classed as a competitor to any sports model, of any brand, apart from the Corsa maybe! Some flared wheel arches & alloys don't make a GTI, VTR or Zetec-S beater. As for the comment about the Quicksilver keeping up with the GTI, did the GTI owner know you were racing him??? I even thrashed my mates Quicksilver in my mums 1.3 Micra, now theres something to think about!
This is for the guy who wrote in about the Micra beating the Quiksilver. The comments made prior to this about a VTR being in the same league as a GTi etc are rubbish. I've owned a Corsa SRi, a Saxo VTR, and now a Quiksilver. The Corsa was the quickest, and the VTR... well they're crap!!! The Micra 1.3 16v would beat a VTR. If anyone is looking for a quick little car with cheap insurance, go for the Corsa SRi (not the Sport, they're slower), or even better, a Nova SRi!!
To the last comment. A Saxo VTR is the same roughly as a Corsa SRi in speed. However the Saxo would leave a Corsa for dead in corners.
I own a Renault 19 16v now, and in a drag it's the same as a 106 GTi/Saxo VTS. The 19 having more bhp, but the 106 GTi weighing less. However my Saxo 8v would give it a run in corners, being the same as a VTS/106 GTi suspension wise, and could hit 120 mph. My Saxo never feels comparatively slow, and my 19 leaves Corsas for dead. I think that some cars you get are good and bad apples.
I currently have a MK4 Fiesta 1.25 16v. I've been looking at the 106 Quicksilver for my next car. My mates say, you should get something bigger than you have now or the same size, not go smaller.
No matter what they say, I cannot put the quicksilver out of my head, I just love it. I've never actually drove one so I don't know what they are like performance wise.
I find my little 1.25 quite rapid. I've had 113mph and it just wouldn't do anymore. I think the 1.25 is down at about 75 to 80 BHP.
Would I be expecting a lot more power from a quiksilver?
This comment goes out to any one that really thinks that a Saxo, Corsa or even a Micra can keep up with a 106 GTi. I have had the turbo conversion put in my GTi; it is doing around 200bhp, and I have never ever, ever seen any of these cars even manage to stay in my mirror! It literally smokes every other hatch around. Smokes RS Turbos and any of that rubbish. Beat an RS Cosworth off the mark yesterday till about 3rd gear, when he just pulled away. My previous car was a Quiksilver, and that would also destroy any Micra or Corsa as well as the VTR, however the VTS will leave you behind, and any Cupras.
I am just about to purchase a 106 quiksilver simply because I love the look of the car and have driven one before. Everyone`s comments on what car is faster and what car can beat what car comes down to the driver. Changing from first to second can determine what car seems faster.
I understand that a VTR is around same bhp as a Corsa 1.4 16v SPORT, and whoever mentioned the Micra, Please! I blew away a Quicksilver in my Corsa 1.6 16v SPORT and easily keeps up with my mates VTS and sometimes even pulls ahead of him which is quite good considering mine is so much heavier than his VTS. Am thinking about getting a 106 GTI this year though. And to the guy who mentioned his Fiesta 1.25 Zetec, the Quicksilver also has 75 bhp, only difference is that a 106 will be a little bit lighter than a fiesta. Oh, and by the way "I HATE SAXO'S!!!".
It sounds like you are getting your car groups mixed up.
The 106 GTI is faster than the quicksilver it has 1.6 16v and the quicksilver has a 1.4 8v and its the same car! It was built for its looks and cheap insurance.
The VTR is a match for the 106 GTI as they have a similar engine, the saxo west cost 1.4i is more of a match to the quicksilver as it has a similar engine, and again was built for its good looks and cheap insurance.
Save up and get a C2 GT, cheap group 6 insurance and you get the 1.6 16v engine and with a super chip. It's is faster than all these cars, it also has big wheel arches and fits up to 18s on, but it will effect the ride qualities. so 17 would be a better option.
The 106 Quicksilver and the 1.25 Zetec have about 75-80bhp each. The mk4 1.25 is lighter and has a faster 0-60 time than the 106. The 106 Quicksilver will not beat a Saxo VTR, period.
I have driven both 106 and Fiesta, the 106 handles a bit better and looks better (in my opinion), the interior is shocking to be honest, where as the Fiesta has a better interior and has a bit more poke than the 106.
Overall, they are both equal cars, aimed at the same target market by both Ford and Peugeot, so you should expect similar assets.