Peugeot did previously launch a 208 GTi limited edition hatchback near the end of 2013, however production was limited to just 54 cars and all 29 units which came to the UK were quickly sold.
For 2013 however Peugeot will commence full-blown production of the 208 GTi hot hatch, starting from April 2013 with first deliveries expected to arrive the following month.
Peugeot is aiming to replicate the popular success of the company’s original hot hatch the, 205 GTi, which still after over two decades since it first went on sale remains a cult classic amongst motorists and hot hatch enthusiasts.
To make it stand out from the standard Peugeot 208, the GTi now sports LED running lights, plus twin chrome exhaust pipes at the rear and several GTi badges.
The engine that’ll be used in the Peugeot 208 GTi is a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which has previously featured on other hot hatches like the limited edition Citroen DS3 Racing and is also available for the Peugeot RCZ coupe.
Attached to a six-speed manual transmission, the engine allows the 208 GTi to race through the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds.
Compared to the GTi’s 2013 rivals, such as the Ford Fiesta ST due this April, the Peugeot has a slightly faster 0-62mph time by a tenth of a second. The Fiesta ST also produces about 20bhp less from its engine; however its starting price is £1,900 less compared to the 208 GTi.
On the other hand Peugeot has also altered the suspension and steering of the 208 GTi compared to the standard hatchback, to deliver a better handling and more engaging drive to those behind the wheel.
Standard equipment on the Peugeot 208 GTi will include 17″ alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio.
The Peugeot 208 GTi will be available to order at the start of this March, from Perrys Peugeot Dealerships which are located in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.