Peugeot 208 GTi revealed

3 Sep, 2012 8:00am

First official pictures have been released of the production-ready 197bhp Peugeot 208 GTi

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.

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Another poor Frenchmobile that will lose value faster than a brick in water with reliability so poor that the warranty wont be worth the paper its written on.

Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about this comment is that it is distorted by received opinion.

Clearly someone that hasn't driven Peugeot's more recent models that are really rather good and as for reliability....for starters the engine is the same as that found in the MINI...mechanically its all proven tech that been around for a while.

Its a good day for GTi fans in my eyes

Oh please oull the other one.

Suggest you look at owners reviews and JD Power charts that speak very much to the contrary.

..and what do you drive?

The revelance of this is what?

Stick to the topic which is the aforementioned car in the article.


i am trying to determin the source of your backwards/outdated/inacurate view of french cars like the "aforementioned car in the article"

"Peugeot drivers are clearly disappointed by their models’ reliability
and build quality – they scored third worst in this category. Braking,
handling, practicality and comfort aren’t much better, you tell us."

I rest my case. 28/30 - pathetic.

I agree with you very much. My own experience of French vehicles, as well as that of other family members, is absolutely at variance with the sort of Anti-French sentiments expressed. The formulaic nature of these critical comments is noticeable.
As far as user surveys are concerned, I am not convinced. They are open to manipulation and the size of individual samples will slew the results. It would be interesting to learn what sort of audit procedures are used by the survey organisations.
So regard user surveys for entertainment (and often irritation) purposes only.

Maybe the build quality is better in the 208,With some new engines this might be a good car, I just hope peugeot gets the gearbox right as I own a 207, Its reliable but build quality is a bit shocking.

A nice looking car, but £18k is just too expensive. As for french build quality, if the Citroen DS3 is anything to go by, then I thnk the french have improved dramatically on fit and finish, but as with everything, only time will tell.

Looking forward to hearing how this drives and hoping it's a blinder, it certainly looks like a winner, but prepared for the usual disappointment, after the 206 and 207.
I keep seeing more of the regular 208s on the road now and they really do look stylish compared to most superminis, and it seems like their newer models are sorting the dodgy build quality issues out.

Interesting to read in this years Whatcar reliability survey Peugeot ranked 15, 5 places higher than job Peugeot!