Peugeot 208 GTI gets green light

There’s no solid release date for the car, but it’s expected to be available at some point in 2013. The Peugeot 208 GTI concept first debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with commentators speculating that the French giant is keen on restoring its reputation as a serious maker of hot hatches.

The Peugeot 208 GTI is expected to be available in two versions – one ‘standard’ model with a 155hp output, and a ‘GTI Racing’ model with 204hp. Rumour has it that the GTI Racing model will be able to hit 60mph in under seven seconds – incredibly impressive for a hot hatch.

The car will also likely retain the features included in the concept, such as the BMW-PSA developed 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, six-speed manual gearbox and more. There will be no suspension upgrades for the car, though, meaning it will handle similar to the Peugeot 208.

The new Peugeot will go head-to-head with competitors such as the Clio Renaultsport and Corsa VXR. But even though the GTI is making a comeback, the team at Peugeot understand it has a long way to go before it can compete with established small compact cars.

In an interview with Autocar, Tim Zimmerman, UK managing director of Peugeot UK, said, “We have to find our own niche, and one in which we can expect to sell a significant number of cars.

“The Renaultsport route has its own appeal, but it is not the way we want to go. We want more emphasis on everyday usability, where we think we’ll find a larger audience.”

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