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Limited Peugeot GTi débuts in Paris


IT’S been 30 years since the original hot hatch Peugeot, the 205 GTi, first made an appearance. To celebrate this, the French automaker has produced a 30th anniversary version of the 208 GTi to be sold in limited numbers.

The interior features Alcantara-clad bucket seats specially developed by Peugeot Sport, interior mats trimmed in red, and black door handles with a red line echo the seat belts. A numbered plate marked ‘208 GTi 30th’ above the courtesy lamp finishes off this limited edition anniversary model.

The exterior receives matte black along with the optional ‘Coupe Franche’ or ‘clean cut’ paint finish – where the red at the rear is cleanly divided from the main black body colour – makes it stand out from the regular 208 GTi. All chrome finishes are now black as are the side skirts while the rear three-quarter panel bears a ‘208 GTi 30th logo.

The new model gets more power with 152kW/300Nm on tap (or 208hp) which symbolises the iconic nomenclature of this limited-run model. There‘s also a Torsen differential to help through the corners.

The result of the updates is a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds and a standing kilometre in 26.5 seconds while the CO2 emissions have been cut from 139g/km to 125g/km.

The track has been widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear. The suspension has been lowered by 10mm and features new damper settings and spring rates, along with different cambers and wheel alignment to the regular 208 GTi. The matte black 18-inch wheels are half an inch wider than the regular car’s and shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.

To take advantage of the Torsen differential, the ESP and traction control have been recalibrated to be less intrusive and the anti-roll has been reduced.

To ensure it stops as well as it goes, the 208 GTi 30th has an uprated braking system. At the front there are 323mm diameter discs with red Brembo-fixed four piston calipers.

There is no word on local availability but it’s said that the UK will receive 100 units, meaning there is a possibility of a limited number making their way to our shores.

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