Peugeot are hoping the 207 GTi THP 175 will write the next chapter in the company’s history of small performance cars, such as the legendary 205 GTi of the 1980s and, more recently, the 206 GTi 180.

The 207 GTi THP 175, however, is the modern evolution of the eighties “hot hatchback”. It is a very multi-talented car which is easy to live with on a day to day basis, equally at home in town or out on the open road. It has the interior space to carry both passengers and luggage, but still able to provide a driving experience to satisfy the “enthusiast” in everyone.

Bridgestone Potenza 205/45R17W tyres mounted on new 17″ nine-spoke “Pitlane” alloy wheels, a rear spoiler to optimise aerodynamic efficiency at high speed, a trapezoid twin chrome exhaust, “satin black” finish of the door B-post trims and hi-tech satin chrome door mirror covers, all confirm the 207 GTi THP 175’s sporty credentials.

The 1.6 litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine produces a maximum power of 175 bhp and a torque of 180 lb ft from only 1600 rpm. The torque output of the engine remains unchanged all the way up to 4500 rpm but can be increased to 195 lb ft temporarily, thanks to the “over-boost” function. It is fitted with a 5-speed manual gearbox with specific gear ratios.

Performance Data – driver only

Maximum speed: 137 mph
0 – 1000 m: 27.8 s
0 – 62 mph: 7.1 s
50 – 75 mph (5th): 7.0 s
Combined drive cycle: 39.2 mpg
CO2: 171 g/km

The strong structural design of the 207 and its proven suspension setup, developed to enhance both safety and driving pleasure, ensure the 207 GTi THP 175 has excellent road holding.

A car with performance in its genes, the 207 GTi THP 175 is equipped as standard with the latest-generation ESP system which can be switched off if required. This will, therefore, allow more demanding and experienced drivers to appreciate the exceptional handling of the 207 GTi THP 175, particularly on a racing circuit.

A new innovation – the SSP function (Steering Stability Program) – manages the dialogue between the ESP system and the vehicle’s electric power steering when braking on surfaces that have different grip levels for the right-hand and left-hand wheels.

The system applies more braking power to the wheels with good grip and, anticipating any vehicle instability, applies torque to the steering to help the driver achieve optimal directional control. Unlike an ABS system which limits braking of the wheels with good grip to give priority to vehicle control, this system reduces braking distances by between 4% and 10% while still guaranteeing vehicle stability in a straight line.

The 207 GTi THP 175 accommodates each of its four potential occupants in “bucket” style seats that provide excellent support. The sculpted and ergonomically designed front seats have been based on those used in motor sport and trimmed in dark “Alcantara” with a matching 3D mesh.

The 207 GTi THP 175 benefits from the 207’s strong and protective structure to protect the occupants in the event of a collision. Combined with six airbags as standard and two Isofix child safety seat mountings at the rear, the 207 was awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP test for adult occupant protection.

Drivers of the 207 GTi THP 175 will also benefit from a number of driving aids and safety systems either as standard or as an option:

A rear parking aid, elliptical headlamps incorporating static directional lighting, a speed limiter coupled with a cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, dual zone climate control air conditioning, tyre under-inflation sensors, folding electric door mirrors and an electro-chrome interior rear-view mirror …

The Peugeot 207 GTi THP 175 will go on sale in the UK in June 2007 priced at only £14,995 on-the-road.