This is the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th anniversary Limited Edition, a special take on the French manufacturer’s three-door hot hatch unveiled at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Developed by Peugeot Sport, as the lengthy name suggests this is a special edition that celebrates 30 years of the GTi badge. Expect to see it on show at the Paris Motor Show in October, before going on sale this November for around £2,500 more than the normal 208 GTi.
Among a number of birthday presents for the Limited Edition there’s a new 1.6 THP turbocharged petrol engine that develops 205bhp and 300Nm of torque. The 208 GTi 30th gets this power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox – borrowed, along with a Torsen differential, from the RCZ R – and will manage 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. Euro 6 emissions compliant, too, it comes with Peugeot’s Stop & Start tech and emits a claimed 125g/km of CO2.
Further marking the special edition out from its 208 GTi sibling is a 10mm lower suspension set-up, a wider track at the front and rear, and new 18-inch matt black alloys.
This finish also makes it way onto the grille surround, fog lamp bezels and door mirrors, replacing the standard 208 GTi’s chrome detailing for what Peugeot describes as “a more brutish look.” Elsewhere, there are red Peugeot Sport-branded brake callipers and round twin chrome exhausts.
Red and black is likewise the show bodywork of choice, with this option using a ‘coupe franche’ dividing line to recreate the two-tone, dual material look first seen on the Onyx Concept. If this is a little on the bold side, Pearl White and Ruby Red paint schemes will be offered as standard.
Inside, the 208 GTi 30th anniversary Limited Edition gains a new red and black trim, while the front bucket seats have been developed by Peugeot Sport, using primarily Alcantara for the upholstery.
Technical changes are focused on how the 208 GTi behaves on the road and include recalibrated ESP and traction control, a lower centre of gravity, plus revised steering calibration and suspension settings. Optimising this updated set-up are Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 ZR 18 tyres.
Peugeot will confirm exactly prices and how many we’ll get over here in September, although it’s likely to be a fairly limited run of around 100 models.
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