The GTi badge is back, and this time it’s on our favourite supermini of 2012 – the Peugeot 208.
The 208 GTi debuted as a concept at March’s Geneva Motor Show, but the road-ready car is powered by a 197bhp 1.6-litre turbo coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. That’s enough for 0-62mph in less than seven seconds. The exhaust’s also been tweaked for a sportier tone.
Peugeot has added weight to the steering and retuned both the front and rear suspension to improve feel and agility, while the track is 10mm wider at the front and 20mm wider at the rear.
There’s an aggressive front bumper and a unique grille, with a gloss black and chrome chequered flag design. The lower grille comes finished in either red or with a subtle Union Jack. Further back, the legendary GTi badge sits on the C-pillar, just as it did on the 205 GTi.
The new car will be recognisable at night, too, courtesy of a cat’s-eye pattern created by the indicators and running lights.
Inside, black leather-and-cloth seats contrast with red stitching, while the dials get red surrounds and the door trims are finished in black and red.
The new 208 GTi will hit UK showrooms next spring and cost from around £18,000.