Peugeot 208 GTI spied testing in Scandinavia, cloaked in the body of a conventional hatch
Mark Tisshaw
27 January 2012

The new car that will take Peugeot back into the hot hatch arena, the Peugeot 208 GTI, has been spied testing for the first time.

Spotted during cold weather development work in the middle of Scandinavia, this three-door Peugeot 208 doesn’t sport the aggressive rear wing or bespoke front grille that’s expected to feature on the final GTI version.

However, telltale signs that this is the ‘hot’ version of Peugeot’s new 208 include the twin exhausts and the low-profile suspension. The final GTI will have its own unique wheel designs and tyre sizes, plus sports seats and unique interior decor will complete the package.

Two versions will be offered, both using the 1.6-litre twin-cam turbo engine that currently powers the Citroën DS3 and Mini Cooper.

A 154bhp version is likely to be used in the GTI, with a hotter 204bhp unit going into a more focused model, possibly called GTI Racing. The quickest Peugeot 208 is on course to offer sub-7.0sec 0-60mph acceleration and a top speed of well over 140mph.

The mainstream 208 arrives in June, with the GTI expected to follow before the end of the year.

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27 January 2012

I just hope this car is more than a re-bodied Citroen DS3 and it brings something new to the table dynamics wise. Even the "Racing" monika has been borrowed from their sibling brand.

Don't get me wrong, it's not that the DS3 is that bad in the first place, it's just that I would like to see something special from this car.



It's all about the twisties........

27 January 2012

Peugeot's design direction for their small cars just does nothing for me. Since the 205 died the styling of the subsequent 206, 207 and this 208 just don't appeal.

27 January 2012

From this picture, it does look visibly smaller than the 207 it replaces. However, it'd have been good if the photographer had taken more photos of them side by side, to compare. Let's hope the GTI is finally deserving of that nameplate, after generations of it being misused!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

27 January 2012

[quote Evo_ermine]Peugeot's design direction for their small cars just does nothing for me.[/quote] Agreed. I think it's that gaping grille shape, I know they have changed the shape a bit and it does look better, but it still looks pretty ghastly to me, they should have been more radical. The rest of the car looks quite good, I like the "chrome" detailing on the sides, seems to be becoming a "signature" for Peugeot/Citroen.

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27 January 2012

I have a feeling the GTI will have 200+ bhp and not 154bhp as I can't imagine they'll give it such little power compared to rivals and its predessor. My guess is the 154bhp will be called the GT.

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

27 January 2012

Still not good enough,don't they look at the opposition?

Peter Cavellini.

27 January 2012

[quote Rich_uk]I have a feeling the GTI will have 200+ bhp and not 154bhp as I can't imagine they'll give it such little power compared to rivals and its predessor. My guess is the 154bhp will be called the GT.[/quote]

I was just about to post the same, the 207 GT 150THP came first, followed by the GTI 170THP, I suspect the 208 to follow the same strategy but as you say the GTI will probably be kicking out around about 200hp. My wife has a 207GT and its a lovely little thing, and surprisingly nippy.

27 January 2012

This car has the potential to be very good. Let's just hope that Peugeot doesn't cock it up...

27 January 2012

I wonder what all those other Peugeots are doing in the background??? That's the ones on the transporter...

Anyway, the 208 looks quite smart but to compete with the Clio etc it needs flared arches and other little tweeks to give it more showroom appeal.

27 January 2012

Shame it looks such a clunker.


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