To celebrate 30 years since the launch of the venerable 205 GTi, Peugeot has created a new, more powerful version of its successor, the 208 GTi, and it’s available to order now priced from £21,995.
Just 100 cars will be made available for the UK and, after its public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this week, it will officially go on sale in November.
The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th uses the familiar 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol engine, but with power upped by 8hp to 208hp and torque increased by 25Nm to 300Nm.
As a result, its 0-62mph time falls slightly from 6.8 to 6.5 seconds, while the standing kilometre is taken care of in 26.5 seconds. In-gear acceleration also receives a boost, with 50-70mph in fifth gear taking 6.0 seconds.
Surprisingly, however, CO2 emissions fall slightly from 139 to 125 g/km, dropping it from VED Band E to D.
Helping to keep all this on the road is a Torsen differential as used in the RCZ R, while the ESP and traction control functions have been recalibrated to match.
The track has been widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear and – compared to the regular 208 GTi – the suspension has been lowered by 10mm and uses new spring and damper rates, plus revised camber and toe settings.
The brakes have been beefed up, too, with 28mm thick 323mm diameter front discs gripped by red Brembo four-piston callipers with Peugeot Sport logos.
Together with the grey rear callipers, these peek out from behind matt black 18-inch alloy wheels that are one inch wider than the regular 208 GTi’s, while the spare wheel has been replaced by a tyre inflation kit to save weight.
Other visual changes include the removal of the standard car’s chrome trim, replaced instead by a matt black treatment that also makes it way onto the front grille, fog light surrounds and door mirrors, plus new matt black side skirts and wheel-arch extensions.
Three colours are available: five of the 100 cars are Rioja Red, 20 are Satin White (a £150 extra), with the remaining 75 cars wearing an £800 treatment dubbed ‘Coupe Franche’ which uses a textured black finish for the front of the car and a high-gloss red for the rear.
The interior features Peugeot Sport bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara with red stitching – a theme echoed on the seat belts, door handles and floor mats – while a number plate above the courtesy light identifies the limited edition. Satnav is also standard.
The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th is available to order now priced from £21,995.