Monday, October 1, 2012

Coming Soon Peugeot 208 GTI in 2013

Once upon a time, this would have been the pocket rocket that enthusiasts were waiting for. But recent hot Peugeots - including the 206 and 207 - have been disappointing, and Renaultsport has won the hearts of hot hatch fans.

Let's hope the 208 can restore past glories, then. The initial signs are promising: the car is a huge 165kg lighter than the 207 GTI and boasts more power, at 197bhp.

More muscular wheelarches contain 17in alloy wheels, bigger brake discs and recalibrated suspension. The steering is also heavier, and the exhaust has been tuned for a sportier sound.
Cosmetic touches include LED running lights, a 'chequered flag' grille, GTI badges on the C-pillars that ape those of the classic 205 GTI and, yes, red go-faster stripes. It's like the eighties never went away...

Inside, the 208's stylish cabin gets body-colour trim on the dashboard and steering wheel, aluminium pedals and part-leather sports seats.

Which engines will the Peugeot 208 GTI use?

Just the one: the 197bhp 1.6-litre unit we've already seen in the Peugeot RCZ GT THP 200 and Citroen DS3 Racing.

That should propel the little Pug to 62mph (100kph) in less than seven seconds and on to a top speed of over 140mph.

CO2 emissions of 145g/km mean it shouldn't cost the Earth to run, although insurance will undoubtedly be pricey for younger drivers.

 How much will the Peugeot 208 GTI cost?

Prices are still TBC, but Ford's decision to price the larger Focus ST from just £21,995 means we'd expect Peugeot to aim for £20k or less.

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