Peugeot plans to reveal its new hot hatch in September prior to a 2013 launch

The Peugeot 208 GTI has been signed off for production and will make its world premiere at the Paris motor show in September.

The 208 GTI will stay very close to the concept of the same name, seen at the Geneva show earlier this year, with power coming from the same turbocharged 1.6-litre engine that powers the Citroën DS3 and Mini.

The GTI, which is expected to go on sale early next year, is tipped to be sold in two states of tune: 154bhp and 204bhp, with the higher-powered version possibly called GTI Racing and delivering a 0-60mph time under 7.0sec. However, Peugeot bosses say the car will not be as focused as the Renault Clio 200, and that there is no business case for building a hot hatch that focuses so heavily on hard-edged performance.

“We have to find our own niche, and one in which we can expect to sell a significant number of cars,” said Peugeot UK’s managing director, Tim Zimmerman. “The Renaultsport route has its own appeal, but it is not the way we want to go. We want more emphasis on everyday usability, where we think we’ll find a larger audience.”

The GTI will, however, sit lower to the road than the standard 208 and feature bolder styling, including a larger front grille, changed front and rear bumpers, sports seats, more chrome interior detailing and twin exhausts.

Reports suggest that it will be joined in the 208 range by a production version of the XY Concept, which was also revealed at Geneva in March. 

This style-led 208 would enter the increasingly competitive market occupied by the DS3, Fiat 500 and Mini, plus the soon-to-be-launched Vauxhall Adam.

It would give Peugeot an opportunity to step away from its image as a manufacturer that builds mass-market cars and typically sells at a discount.

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20 July 2012

Is this Peugeots last chance to get the GTi thing right?

The last GTi was the 308, a nasty thing, infact so nasty Peugeot UK took the 'i' off the badge that it had in Europe.

I like the styling of the 208, it feels 'quality' inside, and having sat in one ( but not driven one) the stearing wheel and dash arragement work fine, but as a GTi, it must do one thing well.

It must handle. Will it? I hope so. Renault have shown how to make a car with a dead beam rear axel work. Peugeot never have yet, its time to get it right.

 

20 July 2012

artill wrote:

It must handle. Will it? I hope so. Renault have shown how to make a car with a dead beam rear axel work. Peugeot never have yet, its time to get it right

Things don't look promising when they say there isn't a business case for a Renaultsport type handling 208 Sad

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“The Renaultsport route has its own appeal, but it is not the way we want to go. We want more emphasis on everyday usability, where we think we’ll find a larger audience.”

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20 July 2012

superstevie wrote:

artill wrote:

It must handle. Will it? I hope so. Renault have shown how to make a car with a dead beam rear axel work. Peugeot never have yet, its time to get it right

Things don't look promising when they say there isn't a business case for a Renaultsport type handling 208 Sad

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“The Renaultsport route has its own appeal, but it is not the way we want to go. We want more emphasis on everyday usability, where we think we’ll find a larger audience.”

Ah, but they don't say anything about the handling. I think they're referring to the Renaultsport models' more hardcore feel. The 205 GTI was arguably more usable in its day, than an RS Clio is today, in a similar way to the Suzuki Swift Sport being the more usable, practical day-to-day car. I think that if Peugeot did a 208 GTI in a similar vein to the less thirsty Swift, they'd have plenty of customers. 

But it still needs to handle, as any hot hatch does. I think the 208 is a fine car and Peugeot need to build on this and not let it slip through their fingers. I think a lot of the motoring press is responsible (notably WhatCar and Autocar) for being unnecessarily harsh on the 208 when Peugeot have quite clearly tried very hard. AE, on the other hand, voted it their supermini of the year - so Peugeot must be doing something right. 

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21 July 2012

Very good observation here - the Golf GTI also succeeds through being a superb all-rounder. If Peugeot can nail that AND keep the usability that broader sales demand, it could have a winner. 

There are enough internal case studies to show how it shouldn't be done...

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21 July 2012

artill wrote:

 

It must handle. Will it? I hope so. Renault have shown how to make a car with a dead beam rear axel work. Peugeot never have yet, its time to get it right.

 

 

 

So the 205 GTi, 309 GTi, 106 GTi and Rallye, 306 GTi-6 and Rallye didn't handle with a torsion beam rear suspension?? Ok if you say so...

 

I had a 306 GTi-6 and can honestly say it was absolutely brilliant, in both ride and handling. Basically a good all-rounder and not too hardcore. I hope the 208 GTi can bring back that sparkle...  

21 July 2012

Roc R wrote:

artill wrote:

 

It must handle. Will it? I hope so. Renault have shown how to make a car with a dead beam rear axel work. Peugeot never have yet, its time to get it right.

 

 

 

So the 205 GTi, 309 GTi, 106 GTi and Rallye, 306 GTi-6 and Rallye didn't handle with a torsion beam rear suspension?? Ok if you say so...

 

I had a 306 GTi-6 and can honestly say it was absolutely brilliant, in both ride and handling. Basically a good all-rounder and not too hardcore. I hope the 208 GTi can bring back that sparkle...  

None of the cars you list had a torsion beam rear suspension. They did use torsion bars instead of coil springs, but apart from the word 'torsion' they have nothing in common.

I agree that all the cars you listed were excellent, as was the 405 MI16 (which i have). But Peugeot no longer use this system, but instead a much cheaper one. My point was that Renault have made the simple dead beam work, but so far Peugeot havent. I too hope they will get it right with the 208.

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20 July 2012

 a 1.6 litre turbo initially, surely it makes perfect sense to release a 1.9 turbo a year or two later? Biggrin 

The 205 sold well on being less sensible than the Golf it was competing with, hopefully they take note of that when they develop this car.  Lets have some lift-off oversteer Peugeot!

20 July 2012

GTP_Ingram wrote:

 a 1.6 litre turbo initially, surely it makes perfect sense to release a 1.9 turbo a year or two later? Biggrin 

The 205 sold well on being less sensible than the Golf it was competing with, hopefully they take note of that when they develop this car.  Lets have some lift-off oversteer Peugeot!

Not gonna happen, sadly. Not these days. Although I recently read a review of the 205 GTi and they said the lift off oversteer it had back in the day was completely absent when fitted with modern tyres. 

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