Finally, what might be some good news for the beleaguered Peugeot. The Gallic brand has let loose details on the 208 GTi, a hot hatch that hopes to do a better job of channeling the much beloved 205 GTi than the intervening 206 and 207 models. Our drive of the standard 208 revealed a hatch that stoked some of those old fires, and on paper the 208 GTi has two of our favorite things going for it: less weight and more power.

It has dropped 165 kilograms (363 pounds) compared to the 207 GTi, and its 1.6-liter turbo is rated at 197-horsepower and 203 pound-feet – a 22-hp jump over the 207 GTi, and power numbers in line with the GTi's competition like the Renault Clio RS but a fair corral short of the 280 hp in the Vauxhall Astra VXR. Utilized via a close-ratio six-speed manual and with more stiffness, firmer steering, revised suspension, damping, spring rates and anti-roll bar, Peugeot says the new package is good for a sub-seven-second run from 0 to 62 mph. What's more, hooning should still be prominent on the menu since the ESP can be turned completely off.

At launch, Peugeot will offer a special run of 50 GTis in Satin Pearlescent White on 17-inch Onyx Black alloys, with further identifying trim such as the colors of the French flag on the grille, standard sat-nav and a numbered plaque. All GTis will get items like chrome exterior trim, a chequered flag motif on the grille, gloss black rear skirt and trapezoidal exhaust tips beneath the rear hatch-mounted spoiler. Inside will be found Club Nappa leather offset with Caro Weave cloth and contrasting red stitching, an aluminum shift knob, flat-bottomed steering wheel and red LED lighting for the dash cluster and white needles.

The 208 GTi will go on sale in the Spring of next year, but we'll get a close look at it later this month at the Paris Motor Show. It will be joined by the production version of the 208 XY, the glammed-up version of the 208 aimed at the urban chic man and woman about Europe. Have a look just below for the press release with more details.
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208 XY, 208 GTi, refined seduction

In Spring 2012, Peugeot rejuvenated the multipurpose Supermini car segment with the launch of the 208. This new model revolutionises the customer choice with its compactness, elegance, occupant space, equipment, style ... At its wheel, the driver discovers a driving pleasure the like of which they have not experienced before.

The 208 is now also looking toward the Premium segment ... with the 208 XY and 208 GTi which combine intrinsic qualities with those of comfort, versatility and occupant space. These two distinctive versions make their mark with strong and differentiated expressions. Furthermore, the 208 XY begins a new story within the Marque; that of cars with an exclusive and refined charm.

"With the 208 XY, Peugeot begins a new chapter in its story. With the 208 GTi, it re-generates an icon."
Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot Product Range Director

"The style of these two cars intensifies the energy of the 208 with their more imposing posture, but also through the care taken over every detail."
Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Style Director

Intended for busy individuals with high expectations, the 208 XY and 208 GTi benefit from sophisticated choices of the materials and colours employed. Their dynamism is expressed first of all by their external identity, specific and immediately recognisable, due to their characteristic posture. Defined on a widened track by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear, these three-door models are specially identified by bodywork components which enhance the overall effect. With wheels that hug the arches, with body sills and wing extensions they enhance the visual appearance of these two cars.

Particularly enchanting, visible both day and night, the light signature of the front face is refined by the new halogen headlamps, equipped with a latest generation light guide. These carefully designed lamps with a rectangular internal structure use LED technology for the directional indicators and daytime lighting. Tightly enclosing the main beam headlamps, the floating trim of which calls to mind a cat's pupil, they give the expression of the 208 XY and 208 GTi with an iris.

These lamps frame a special 208 grille. The slightly widened chromed bead gives a prominence to the XY where on the GTi the mesh contributes to the dynamism, making the lamps stand out. This mesh is, in fact, different on each model. On the 208 XY, the chromed grille has three horizontal bars overhanging the black lacquered bar. On the 208 GTi, the gloss black grille draws the eye with bright chrome inserts, which reinvent the sport chequered flag effect but in 3D.

The end result is a front appearance which is technological and endearing while being, sophisticated.

Attention to detail has also taken precedence in the design of the passenger compartment, to create a most pleasant environment. This applies even when stationary as it becomes evident at first glance when the door is opened, revealing the aluminium sill stamped with the Peugeot name. Dark colour schemes exist throughout the upper section, on the dashboard capping covered in polyurethane PVC and overstitched, the seat trims and special details ... the 208 XY and 208 GTi offer unique ambiances, styled according to their lead mascot colour identity, respectively purple and red.

All the senses contribute to the pleasure of discovery. You admire, you inhale, and you touch the material, the finishes and the spectacle of the equipment. Like a designer dress, the passenger compartment 'wears the signature' of its creator in detailing and specifically the overstitching. It runs over the enveloping seats, the full grain leather steering wheel, the gear lever gaiter, the leather handbrake lever as well as the armrests in Prestige polyurethane PVC and the dashboard capping. This houses a high-mounted instrument panel with innovative and distinctive light signature. Echoing the LED functions of the headlamps, the dials are surrounded with satin chrome beads backlit by LEDs, whereas the needles move on a brushed aluminium background.

The passenger compartment is also punctuated with carefully designed components. So, the vents, the side decorations of the touchscreen, the dashboard decoration, the steering wheel insert, the seat belts, the front and rear door crossbars all blend with the same interior ambiance. The aluminium pedal bracket and footrest provide the final touch to this technological and refined interior.

"The 208 GTi and 208 XY are striking and clearly defined, reflecting the image of the customers for whom they are intended. This vision that has guided us throughout the project, has the desire to create an XY signature that will become identifiable over the journey of time."
Pierre Authier, 208 Design Style Director

208 XY, urban chic and exclusive
Whether it be Monday, at 7am, where already a buzz reigns over the town, Thursday, 6pm, when the streets fill as offices close for the day or Saturday, at 9pm, when the town hums with the parties organised at various locations. Constantly on the move, the modern city beats to the rhythm of the pulses of its activities. Whatever the situation, the 208 XY moves around, with a stylish and dynamic presence.

The appealing attraction of the 208 XY enchants instantly. Adorned in its new colour 'Purple Night', among the six colours available, running from the front bumper to the special skirt of the rear bumper, its body is punctuated with chromed details, subtle touches of Purple on the Peugeot logos and the central wheel caps. The mirror casings, the foglamp trims, the window trims and the rear skirt bead are dressed in bright chrome. On the quarter panel trim and the centre pillar, touches of gloss black complete the image.

The grille combines these finer points of appearance. It brings together the gloss black of the bar with the bright chrome of the bead and the grille. The finely designed 17" diamond-Anthra Mercure multi-spoke wheels house in their centre an alloy wheel cap with Purple edging. At the rear, on the tailgate bears the 'XY' signature logo designed with dynamic graphics. Roof decals are available for personalisation, and the 208 XY offers an identity unlike any other in this sector – high on being 'Exclusive'.

With a 'light, bright' appearance, the passenger compartment is a perfect reflection of the exterior. The materials and appearance are 'tied' together with Purple overstitching. A chrome embellishment covers the door trims, the vents and the side decorations of the screen. Enhanced by these touches, the metallic bronze Prestige polyurethane PVC dashboard brings together the touch interface and the instrument panel with a graduated bronze-black decoration.

The seats are trimmed in Mithy cloth, Prestige polyurethane PVC and Alcantara. At the driver's feet, the aluminium pedal bracket and footrest are accompanied by a mat of superior quality, edged with bronze cord overstitched in Purple.

This sophisticated and luxurious ambiance can be personalised with a range of special trims. After choosing between the Club Nappa leather, in black or bronze, and the black Club Nappa leather combined with a padded Alcantara make-up giving an exclusive and dynamic treatment, the 208 XY is even more intensely individual.

"From the outset we had a vision of colour, this Purple Night, which punctuates the bodywork and the interior of the 208 XY. Exclusive, it symbolises perfectly the refinement of this vehicle."
Anna Costamagna, 208 XY and 208 GTi Design Stylist

The passenger compartment is not just luxurious; ergonomic, it is fully at the service of the driver. With their hands placed naturally on the small bronze perforated full grain leather steering wheel, they can control with their fingertips the large 7" touchscreen with extended connectivity (jack socket, USB and Bluetooth).

Uninterrupted, from their home to the workplace, their favourite music is played from a portable device by streaming and with a high level of quality, due to the six-speaker system.

Having arrived at their destination with no wrong turns due to the navigation system, they simply have to activate the Park Assist. Rare in this vehicle segment, this technological equipment magnifies the compactness of the 208 XY to make driving in town considerably easier. Parking is now automated and becomes a pleasure. After activating the Park Assist, the driver selects the manoeuvre to be carried out on the touchscreen, parallel parking on the left or right-hand side of the road. Using ultrasound sensors, those of the front and rear parking assistance plus two side sensors at the front, the Park Assist measures the size of the spaces available until an adequate space is detected. The 208 XY then parks instinctively and automatically, by acting on the electric parking assistance. Relieved of this task, the driver simply has to check the progress of the vehicle and its surroundings... Almost magic!

To set off once more to conquer the city, nothing could be easier. They simply call on the intelligence of the Park Assist again.

In addition to the dynamic cornering lighting, the alarm, the heated seats, etc., this equipment can enrich an already extensive range of equipment: panoramic glass roof with ambiance backlighting, dual zone automatic air conditioning, speed limiter/cruise control, armrest for the front seats incorporating a storage space, ... it is an extensive, luxurious environment.

The 208 XY is also available with a range of powerful engines1, enhancing the natural efficiency of this model.
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 5-speed manual gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 6-speed piloted gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 115 FAP, 6-speed manual gearbox, 99g of CO2/km
• 1.6 VTi 120, 5-speed manual gearbox, 134g of CO2/km
• 1.6 THP 155, 6-speed manual gearbox, 135g of CO2/km

"When the teams created the 208 XY for the first time, they were won over immediately. Everyone, men and women alike, succumbed to its charm, its spirit, its allure of luxury."
Anne Laliron, 208 XY and 208 GTi Project Manager

208 GTi, re-generation of the legend
Peugeot has made its mark in the history of motor sport. Whether through its models, its success in competition or its infamy through advertising and promotions, the Marque's DNA has the best genes for creating the modern performance GTi. The expectation was simple: to create a playful and chic sports car, a contemporary interpretation of the legend that is the Peugeot GTi.

"With the 208 GTi, our objective was to produce an engaging sporty performance driving pleasure, an experience that speaks immediately to all enthusiasts: performance, power, reactivity, and an aura of respect and desire. While the 205 GTi was naturally our inspiration, the 208 GTi is its modern interpretation."
Gaëtan Demoulin, Peugeot Customer Synthesis Manager

At first glance, the eyes are impressed initially by a presence, with a vehicle which affirms its identity: sporty and refined. The Satin Pearlescent White colour2 adorns the whole of the 208 GTi, including its special spoiler.

There can be no doubting the sportiness of the bodywork. Crossing the gloss black rear skirt, the exhaust emerges with a trapezoid chromed double tailpipe, an innovative design emphasising the uniqueness of this model. The chromed trim strip decorates the window lower edge culminating in a signature accent that pays tribute to the illustrious 205 GTi. Furthermore, the quarter panel trim proudly bears the GTi logo, in bright chrome accentuated in red highlights.

Regardless of the colour chosen, this red punctuates the vehicle: on brake calipers, grille lower bead, Peugeot lettering on the tailgate and on the grille. In addition, the mesh of the grille has a 3D chequered motif, with chromed inserts in the gloss black grille.

The whole is subtly enhanced by the touches of bright chrome on the foglamp trim surrounds, the grille upper trim and the door mirrors.

Opening the doors reveals a passenger compartment which reflects the paintwork. From the sill, with the name Peugeot embossed, the passenger compartment is notably sporty. It has a stimulating colour scheme combining red, black and satin chrome. With red GTi overstitching throughout, the interior is striking, down to the smallest detail.

Resolutely sporty, the seat combines full grain Club Nappa leather and the Caro Weave cloth, made dynamic by a red line. The dashboard, with a taut black polyurethane PVC covering with red overstitching, has a decoration of red graduating to black, matching the door crossbars. The vehicle performance information is provided via the high-mounted instrument panel. Technological, it is equipped with a colour matrix, surrounded by dials with a chromed bead back-lit in red by LEDs. On their brushed aluminium background, decorated with a gloss black chequered motif, the white needles rise through to the red zone.

The driver is well supported in the cossetting seat structure, harnessed with black seat belts with red edging fasten, so that the driving position is clear and comfortable. The feet naturally find the aluminium pedals and footrest naturally, the heels in contact with the top-of-the-range mats with black surround, overstitched in red. Intuitively, the hands rest on the small black full grain leather steering wheel, perforated and with red overstitching. The right hand easily and naturally finds the aluminium gear lever knob, with red side insert, or the overstitched leather handbrake lever.

The red leather marker on the steering wheel pointing straight ahead, the thumbs well supported, the GTi logo is only waiting for one thing ... ignition!

"The 208 is an excellent base for developing a sports hatchback. We have worked with particular attention on the steering response, the chassis dynamics and the rigidity of the suspension. The 208 GTi successfully combines performance, safety and driving pleasure."
Marie Beaumont, 208 GTi Dynamic Synthesis Manager

The 208 GTi delights its driver with an incisive driving experience due to the involving chassis dynamics, providing superb driving sensations. Springs, calibration of the shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, enhanced front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity, plus that the suspension and wheels are specific to the vehicle.

Agile and reactive, the 208 GTi balances from one turn to the next with complete precision.

Controlled by the steering the settings of which have been revised to increase firmness, the front suspension returns the information perfectly and responsively. The rear suspension is also well tuned for safe and involved driving.

Fitted with 205/45 tyres, the 17" diamond Carbon wheels, with Storm paint and matt varnish, house 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear. Cooled by dynamic air intakes, they provide controlled and incisive braking.

The 1.6 THP 200bhp petrol engine expresses itself through a reworked exhaust system. As soon as the ignition is switched on, it emits an appealing sound note that delights the ears, at all engine speeds. Coupled with a manual gearbox with six close-ration gears, the engine draws the full potential from this chassis. With its maximum torque of 275Nm and its maximum power of 147kW (200bhp), the 208 GTi3 has the potential of acceleration to the highest level. 0 to 60mph (0 to 100km/h) is reached in less than 7 seconds, 0 to 1000m in 27 seconds. The in-gear reacceleration is equally impressive, with the 208 GTi accelerating from 50 to 75mph (80 to 120km/h) in less than 7 seconds in 5th gear.

This performance benefits from the improvement achieved lightening the weight of the vehicle. Light in weight, at 1160 kg, the 208 GTi achieves a real feat by emitting CO2 at just 145g/km. A playful sports car, powerful and safe, with an enchanting sound, which is also a practical hatchback ... the 208 GTi delights its driver every day, the (fully disengageable) ESP watching over them.

A Limited Edition 208 GTi
The arrival in the Peugeot range of a new GTi is always a major event, particularly in the segment of the 200 series. To celebrate this event, Peugeot has developed a fully-specified Limited Edition with only 50 vehicles available.

Adorned in exclusive Satin Pearlescent White, this highly limited-numbered edition rides on special 17" diamond alloy wheels with Onyx Black paint coated in gloss varnish. The wheels centres are fitted with an aluminium cap with a red surround. The lower bar of the grille, which is also white, bears the French flag.

Inside, the exclusive owners will have Satellite Navigation and the HiFi pack specificied as standard, and a numbered plaque will remind them every day that they are members of a very exclusive club.

1 Data currently being approved
2 Colour of the limited edition, 6 colours are available in the range
3 Data currently being approved

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