Hot new Peugeot 208 GTi celebrates 30 years since the launch of the original 205 GTi
Darren Moss
30 September 2014

Peugeot's limited-edition 208 GTi 30th anniversary will go on sale tomorrow, priced at £21,995.

Just 300 examples will be sold, with 100 coming to the UK. That a third of the total allocation is coming to this country is testament, says Peugeot, to British affinity with the GTi name.

The 208 GTi 30th anniversary special was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer, and celebrates 30 years since the launch of the iconic 205 GTi.

The special edition comes with a new 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, which produces 205bhp and 221lb ft of torque. The new engine, which conforms to Euro 6 emissions regulations, is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The GTi also features a Torsen differential taken from the RCZ R.

The car's suspension has also been lowered by 10mm, and the track widened both at the front and rear. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are also fitted, while new twin chrome exhausts feature at the rear. Peugeot says the ESP and traction control systems have been re-calibrated to become less intrusive, while the steering has also been enhanced to improve feel.

Peugeot says that the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition can reach 62mph in 6.5 seconds, while acceleration between 50 and 70mph is covered in 6.0 seconds. Its CO2 emissions are rated at 125g/km.

Other modifications to the model include the adoption of the same sharp cosmetic dividing line as the 308 R and Exalt concept cars, while customers can also specify a dual-material livery. Inside, new floor mats are fitted alongside bucket seats trimmed with Alcantara and finished with red stitching. A numbered plaque also denotes each car.

First deliveries of the new model are expected in November. Its price means the limited-edition model costs over £3000 more than a regular 208 GTi.

See how the original 205 GTi performed in our hot hatchback special.

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26 June 2014
For a petrol car that hits 62mph in 6.5 seconds the CO2 emissions are rather impressive.

30 September 2014
Great advert!
Put a smile on our faces in the office today!

30 September 2014
simon_ingram wrote:

Great advert!
Put a smile on our faces in the office today!

I agree, great advert and the car looks pretty good too. I think I would have it in one colour though

30 September 2014
All very nice but how does it drive? The stock 208 GTI is not bad at all so this one should be brilliant. I want a comparison with the Corsa VXR Clubsport which also features LSD.
And why no proper road test of the 208 GTI yet Autocar?

ofir

29 June 2014
The addition of that diff should make a big difference.

30 September 2014
I have driven the normal 208 GTI and whilst good, its almost too civilised. With suspension work, changes to the ESP and that diff this could be brilliant. I hope so.

30 September 2014
Peugeot should defiantly make this the 'standard' spec on the next facelift of the 208, although the standard one is cracking day to day and on a good road. As for the advert, it's a shame more aren't like it (vw's are good, everyone else's...)

1 October 2014
Matt paint? You'd have thought that Peugeot would have learnt from the 'Ice velvet' limited edition that people in the real world want shiny new cars.

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