Peugeot 208 GTI (2013–2019)
- February 2012: GTI Concept Shown
- September 2012: Peugeot announces 208 GTI
- September 2012: On sale in the UK
- October 2014: Peugeot 208 GTI 30th launched
GTI Concept Shown
Instantly characterised by being the performance icon of the 208, it features chequered-flag motifs that embellish the metal mesh of the grille, and the lower bar proudly affirms its origin by displaying the French ‘Le Tricolour’ flag or the Union Jack when in the UK.
Other distinctive exterior features include: double chromed exhaust tailpipes, aero lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions that all capture the signature badging. Placed within the grille is the brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo that can also be found on the rear quarter panels, as a salute to its illustrious predecessor - the legendary 205 GTi.
On the inside, the passenger compartment is a true GTi environment, with a characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel, the treatment of which is replicated on the sides of the gear lever, double stitching in the seats and enhanced with LED backlighting to the surrounds of the high-tech instruments. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, and cloth in the centre with an embossed tartan motif, and a leather head restraint.
Peugeot announces 208 GTI
Following the launch of the new 208 in June 2012, Peugeot announced that the 208 GTi will go on sale in Spring 2013.
Defined on a widened track by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear, these three-door models are specially identified by bodywork components which enhance the overall effect, with wheels that hug the arches and with body sills and wing extensions that enhance its visual appearance.
The seats combine full grain Club Nappa leather and Caro Weave cloth, made more dynamic by a red line detail. The dashboard with red overstitching has a decoration of red graduating to black, matching the door crossbars. The vehicle performance information is provided via the high-mounted instrument panel. Technological, it is equipped with a colour matrix, surrounded by dials with a chromed bead back-lit in red by LEDs. On their brushed aluminium background, decorated with a gloss black chequered motif, the white needles rise through to the red zone.
Agile and reactive, the 208 GTi balances from one turn to the next with complete precision. Controlled by the steering, the settings of which have been revised to increase firmness, the front suspension returns the information perfectly and responsively. The rear suspension is also well tuned for safe and involved driving. Fitted with 205/45 tyres, the 17-inch diamond Carbon wheels, with Storm paint and matt varnish, house 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear. Cooled by dynamic air intakes, they provide controlled and incisive braking.
The 1.6-litre THP 200bhp petrol engine expresses itself through a reworked exhaust system. As soon as the ignition is switched on, it emits an appealing sound that delights the ears, at all engine speeds. Coupled with a manual gearbox with six, close-ratio gears, the engine draws the full potential from this chassis. With its maximum torque of 275Nm and its maximum power of 147kW (200bhp), the 208 GTi has the potential of acceleration to the highest level. 0 to 62mph is reached in less than 7.0 seconds. In-gear re-acceleration is equally impressive, with the 208 GTi accelerating from 50 to 75mph in less than 7.0 seconds in fifthgear. This performance benefits from the improvement achieved from lightening the weight of the vehicle.
On sale in the UK
It's powered by the turbocharged 1.6-litre THP with 200bhp, an engine that's already fitted in the impressive RCZ. This gives the little 208 a 0-62mph time of less than 7.0 seconds and Peugeot is promising strong in-gear performance helped by a kerbweight of just 1160kg and torque of 275Nm. The GTi also gets a reworked exhaust and close-ratio six - speed manual gearbox. Official economy is around 45mpg and CO2 is 145g/km.
Comes with revised suspension, shock absorbers and anti-roll bars while there's an enhanced front subframe and a more rigid rear crossmember. The steering has been made firmer, plus there are 17-inch alloy wheels with 205/45 tyres. There's also a 10mm wider track at the front and 20mm wider at the back.
To celebrate the launch of the 208 GTi, Peugeot is to sell 29 special editions in the UK - one for each year since the 205 was introduced. These special editions will be individually numbered and get a higher standard specification including an exclusive satin pearl paint job and DAB radio. The 208 GTi Limited Edition will be priced at £20,495.
Peugeot 208 GTI 30th launched
A new Euro6 emissions-compliant 1.6-litre THP petrol engine develops more torque and has had its power output increased to 208PS. A Torsen differential helps drivers exploit the extra power in corners. And matt black trim on the exterior, along with the optional ‘Coupe Franche’ paint finish – where the red at the rear is cleanly divided from the main black body colour – makes it stand out from the regular 208 GTi.
Ordering for the limited run of 100 cars to be sold in the UK has opened. It goes on sale in November with prices starting at £21,995.