Peugeot 208 GTi order and launch dates confirmed

Potential customers will be able to get their hands on this three-door performance-focused model for a price of £18,895.

The GTi hot hatch arrives less than a year after the standard Peugeot 208 supermini was launched to the UK market. The hatchback is currently available from £9,995 and has already sold over 21,000 units since its launch last summer.

With the GTi, Peugeot is aiming to replicate the popular success of the company’s original hot hatch, the 205 GTi, which even after nearly three decades holds an iconic cult car status.

Distinct new styling features for the Peugeot 208 GTi include LED running lights and chrome exhaust pipes for the exterior.

As standard the 208 GTi also features 17″ alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a DAB radio for the car’s cabin.

The engine for the 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 certain rivals the GTi will face in 2013, like the Ford Fiesta ST due this April, the Peugeot has a slightly faster 0-62mph time by a tenth of a second. The Ford Fiesta ST also produces about 20bhp less from its engine; however this particular hot hatch also has a lower starting price which comes in at £1,900 less compared to the 208 GTi.

However with CO2 emissions recorded at just 139g/km, the Peugeot 208 GTi still manages to keep general running costs to a very reasonable level.

Besides the new powerful engine, the Peugeot 208 GTi also has other key components updated to make it more precise and more enjoyable behind the wheel.

The suspension and steering have both been adjusted for sharper driving responses, and the 208’s standard seats have been swapped for sport seats with black half leather trim.

The Peugeot 208 GTi will be available for UK motorists to order and purchase from Perrys Peugeot Dealerships based in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth.