The production version of the Peugeot 208 GTI will make its global debut this September at the Paris Motor Show. The 208 GTI will be mostly unchanged from the concept, which was unveiled at the Geneva show in early 2012. It is powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-litre engine that the Citroën DS3 and Mini are equipped with.
The GTI is likely to start selling in early 2013 and will be available in either 154bhp or 204bhp, which may be dubbed GTI Racing and could accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than 7.0 seconds.
But Peugeot chiefs said that the car won’t be as focused as the Renault Clio 200. They think that it doesn’t make sense on the business aspect to produce a hot hatch that is heavily concentrated on hard-edged performance.
Peugeot UK’s managing director, Tim Zimmerman, said that it would have to find its own niche where it can achieve considerable sales. Zimmerman recognized the appeal of the Renaultsport but then, the company would rather focus on “everyday usability” in order to get a bigger audience. The GTI will be lower than the standard 208.
The GTI’s styling would also be bolder, with its bigger front grille, modified front and rear bumpers, sports seats, more chrome interior detailing and twin exhausts.
According to reports, the GTI will be offered in the 208 range together with a production version of the XY Concept, which was unveiled last March at Geneva. This 208 would be entering the market, which is dominated by the DS3, Fiat 500 and Mini. It will also be competing with the Vauxhall Adam, which will be launched soon.
When the June 2012 official launch of the new Peugeot 208 was determined to be a success, it did more than just highlight the brand. The new 208 also gave the Supermini car segment which was already diverse, that needed rejuvenation. In particular, the latest offering from Peugeot transformed the choices available to customers given how compact it is, the style and elegance it showed, the amount of space, and the equipment equipped to it.
Given that the 208 was indeed a success, Peugeot is raising the stakes with the 208 GTi which is projected to be more desirable with its performance, excitement, and flair. Customers are sure to appreciate the classy choices when it comes to the colors and materials. This is mainly because the 208 GTi was created with discerning owners in mind. One look at the exterior and it is easy to see how dynamic the model is.
In addition, because of its posture, it is easily identifiable. One feature that is sure to catch one’s eye is the light signature on the front section. Already stunning to look at during the day, the new halogen headlamps that have the latest light guide make it just as attractive at night. The lamps have been designed in a manner that the internal structure, which sports a rectangular shape, utilize LED technology for daytime lighting and directional indicators.
Then there is the floating trim which encloses the main beam headlamps. The effect it gives out evokes images of a cat’s pupil. These same lamps are placed on the edge of the special grille and on the 208 GTi, the addition of the mesh ensures that the lamps stand out and thus helps with the dynamism. For the grille itself, it comes in gloss black and with the bright chrome inserts, results in a sport checker flag effect but instead of 2D it comes in 3D.
The front section therefore not only shows excellent technology but also has a cutting-edge appeal. For this three-door model, the track has been widened by 10 mm at its front and by 20 mm in the rear. There is also the use of bodywork parts that can be specially identified in order to improve the overall effect. The wheels look as if it is hugging the arches with the wing extensions while the body sills help enrich the visual appearance.