Peugeot’s GTi range has a long history in making sporty hot hatches that are fun to drive but also practical enough to be great everyday cars. In fact, the 205 GTi was recently awarded the Greatest Ever Hot Hatch at the Performance Car Show. To celebrate the creation of the first GTi thirty years ago, Peugeot has reimagined its beloved hot hatch with a new Peugeot 208.
The 208 GTi features an exclusive exterior design that sports a full-length, matt black silhouette at the front of the vehicle. This dual-paint job gives the car a distinctive look when combined with the ruby red or satin white finish at the rear. 18” wheels with the rims coated in the same matt black finish follow, whereas the small details in the red accents all along the vehicle complete the overall look.
Inside, the 208 GTi aims to finds the right balance between speed and efficiency. The 1.6 THP 208 bhp engine, which provides 300 Nm of torque and come with a manual 6-speed gearbox, produces 125g/km in CO2 emission testing. This allows the vehicle to travel from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 146 mph.
Not content with just the 208 GTi, Peugeot has also released a new GTi version of the 308. The 308 GTi follows the same color palette as the 208, this time with 19’’ aluminum Carbone wheels that sit approximately 11mm closer the ground than previous revisions. The twin exhausts at the back, each with a chrome finish, give the car a sporty look, while the GTi logos on the front wings and tailgate remind onlookers on the GTi heritage.
Underneath the hood, the 308 GTi features a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine. This produces 266bhp and 330Nm of torque, which is sent through the front-wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, and is capable of 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds with a potential top speed of 155mph. You can expect 47 mpg when you’re on the road and CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
Take a look at the Robins and Day website which offers a useful breakdown on which of the models will be the right one for you. Don’t forget to let us know about your own experience with the GTi series in the comments section below too.