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Peugeot unveils 208 GTi Concept

205 GTi incarnate or another 206 GTi duffer?

Peugeot has released full details and preview images of the brand new 208 GTi Concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The exterior of the concept gets a few choice changes over the regular 208 to take it to the ‘GTi’ that we would all expect. The front bumper gets a lower spoiler and wide-set fog lights with a new bushed aluminium grille featuring an additional grille bar at the bottom with the British flag set into it. This is a little cheesy for us, but we wouldn’t expect it to make production anyway. There is also the rather odd addition of a single strip of Daytime Running Lights along the lower edge of the bonnet which we half expect to turn red and start pulsing left to right, like Knight Rider.

There are brushed aluminium mirrors and other accents, with a GTi badge on the rear quarter like the classic 205 GTi. There are 18” alloy wheels with a single red striped spoke and a dual exhaust at the rear to complete the makeover.

The cabin has more high-tech updated look to it with LED backlighting giving an ambient feel to the driver. It is complimented by a flat bottomed red perforated leather steering wheel.

The source of the concept is the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that has been passed over from the RCZ THP 200. It produces 197 bhp and 203 lb/ft of torque and is mated with a six-speed manual transmission that should result in a 0-62 mph acceleration time of less than 7 seconds.

We have been assured that the 208 GTi will be a return to the great handling Peugeot hatchbacks like the 205 GTi and we can only hope this is the case. We would love to see a proper fight between the 208 GTi and the new 2013 Renaultsport Clio.

The Peugeot 208 GTi hasn't been officially confirmed for production, but this is just a formality once this concept has been unveiled. We expect to see it hit the showrooms before the end of the year.

Images courtesy of Peugeot

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more