What is it?
It's 30 years since Peugeot's 1980s icon, the 205 GTi, took to the roads of the UK. It wasn't the market's first hot hatch, but pretty soon it became known as one of the best for its agility, great handling, small size and zippy 1.6-litre and 1.9-litre engines. Soon, rival hot hatches were tumbling out into most manufacturers' product lists, but only the pioneering Volkswagen Golf GTi had anything like the 205's cachet, and that car was bigger, more expensive and never quite matched the French car's baked-in joie de vivre.
To mark the anniversary, Peugeot has launched a special limited-edition 208 GTi. The standard model was already a strong return to form for the brand, after years in the doldrums with the lacklustre 206 and 207 GTis, but the anniversary model adds further excitement to the mix. Its launch colour is a radical red and matt black finish called Coupe Franche, pioneered in various motor show concepts in recent months, but the models also come in all-red and all-white schemes, with black wheel arch extensions and black embellishments.