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Peugeot unveils the 208 GTi

Can it recapture the old magic?..

Peugeot has released a few images and some details of the 208 GTi before the car’s public debut in Paris at the end of the month. Compared to the regular model, the hotter GTi is lower and wider while under the hood it comes with a 194 bhp 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine that enables the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than seven seconds.

This is the same engine that powers other hot PSA cars, such as the Peugeot RCZ and the Citroen DS3, not to mention the Mini Cooper S. In the 208 GTi it generates 194 bhp and 203 lb/ft of torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed, close-ratio manual transmission that allows the vehicle to hit a top speed of more than 140 mph.

On the styling front, the 208 GTi can be distinguished thanks to a more aggressive bodykit that includes wider side sills and flared wheel arches. It comes with LED DRLs, a new look for the front grille, GTi logos for the C-pillars and a special red and chrome trim. Inside the cabin the leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel, centre console and the door handles have the same colour as the exterior. It also features part-leather sports seats, aluminium pedals and gear knob.

Other changes compared to the standard 208 include a 10 mm wider front and 20 mm wider rear track along with retuned dampers, sports springs, updated anti-roll bars and revised steering for extra weighting. The 208 GTi features a MacPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear suspension which has also been reworked so that it could provide “an incisive driving experience.” Hopefully it will bring back some of the old Peugeot hot hatch magic sorely missing since the 205 GTi.

It rides on 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels with 205/45 tires while there are 302mm ventilated discs for the front wheels and 249mm discs for the rear ones. The vehicle weighs 1160 kg and has CO2 emissions of 145 g/km.

Pricing and more images will be released closer to the Paris public unveiling.

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 - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more