Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Peugeot | posted June 27, 2014 09:41
Calls it the most radical GTi, ever.
They say good things come to those who wait, well Peugeot just made good on that by revealing news about the reincarnation of the GTi 30 years after the 205 GTi was launched.
Making its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Peugeot will introduce the 30th anniversary limited edition 208 GTi sporting a new Euro 6 1.6L THP petrol engine with a symbolic 208HP and 300Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
It sports a Torsen differential with the suspension lowered by 10mm. The ESP and traction control are recalibrated, so as to be less intrusive when driving and to set free the vehicle’s traction and allow the Torsen to operate. The advantage provided by the Torsen and the reduced anti-roll at the front are felt in particular when accelerating in a corner by maintaining tight trajectories, and when braking, with improving stability.
The track has been widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear giving it a pronounced sports car posture on the road.
The lowered center of gravity and redefined suspension geometry (wider track, camber angle, wheel alignment, 0.5’’ wider wheels) and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 ZR 18 tires optimize grip and ensure road holding.
The steering is informative with calibration developed for track and the road offering both precision and agility. The 208 GTi 30th can count on a braking system to match the performance achieved, with 323mm diameter and 28mm thick discs at the front and Brembo fixed four-piston calipers.
The bright chrome finishers on the 208 GTi are replaced by matt black on the 208 GTi 30th. Wheel arches can now accommodate new 18" wheels finished with matt black rims. The front wheels house large red Peugeot Sport labeled brake calipers.
Quarter panels bear a ‘208 GTi 30th logo’ and at the rear, the round twin chrome tail pipes ensure the sound of the new engine is fully expressed to enhance the aural driving experience.
It comes in colors that stand out and distinguish the 208 GTi 30th. Sporting a dual-material livery, separated by a sharp dividing line. The front is finished in a textured black, contrasting with the new high-gloss red at the rear.
The 208 GTi 30th will also be available in Pearl White and Ruby Red – historical colors of Peugeot GTi cars.
Inside, the ‘bucket’ seat developed by Peugeot Sport are trimmed in an exclusive blend of materials, mainly Alcantara, accompanied by black TEP with red stitching and a black dotted mesh pattern with red highlights.
A numbered plate marked ‘208 GTi 30th’ positioned above the courtesy lamp finishes off this limited edition anniversary model.
"As with any project of this type, there was a convergence of ideas and needs. Following on from the RCZ R, PEUGEOT Sport proposed that the Brand make a more radical version of the 208 GTi. At the same time the Brand thought about how best to celebrate 30 years of the Peugeot GTi in 2014," said Maxime Picat, Peugeot Brand CEO.
"The 208 GTi 30th builds on the virtues of a strong identity, great attention to detail and in the style of the 208 GTi, and takes on a more radical and brutish fashion, making the link with the incisive character of its dynamic performance," said Julien Kerlidou, Product Manager 208.
“Based on the 208 GTi, itself already a very effective and well powered car, our ambition was to focus on behaviour on the road, by further increasing its effectiveness. For this we have developed the traction and a potential for more grip, mainly on the front axle. The benefits are essentially in passing speeds, driving sensations and feedback,” said Pierre Budar –208 GTi 30th Project Manager.
The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th doesn’t only look good on paper, it also translates to its performance with a 0 to 100kph in 6.5 seconds and with CO2 emissions of just 125g/km.
It goes on public display at the next Paris Motor Show in October and will be going on sale in November 2014.