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Peugeot 208 GTi


To celebrate 30 years of the Peugeot 208 GTi, Peugeot have revealed a limited edition model at the latest Goodwood Festival of Speed and the company plan to display the new model at the Paris Motor Show in October.


The French company claim that this model is to be the sportiest 208 GTi yet and to back up this claim the vehicle has been designed by Peugeot Sport, the team responsible for the Peugeot RCZ-R. As part of their sporty design, the design team have lowered the model by 10mm, while increasing the width between the wheels to give it more grip in the corners.


What tech has the Anniversary edition Peugeot 208 GTi gained?


In order to add to the sportiness of the vehicle, the new 208 GTi gains sporty Brembo brakes as well as Michelin tyres and 18 inch alloy wheels. The vehicle has the same limited slip differential system fitted to the RCZ-R, making it capable of accelerating out of the corners even faster than before.


The Anniversary models exterior has been altered, with the company removing all the chrome trim from the standard car and giving buyers three colour options. These include a red/black finish that the company claims harks back to the old Peugeot 205 Gti. Other additions to the exterior include matte black side sills and wheels, flared wheelarches, red caliper brakes and a new twin top sports exhaust.


The inside of the model has also been changed for the limited edition variant, gaining leather trimmed bucket seats with red stitching and red seatbelts. Each car is also to receive a unique plaque with it's own limited edition build number.


The Peugeot 208 30th Anniversary edition specs


Power for the model has been increased with the standard cars engine being tweaked to produce 205 brake horse power (bhp), an increase of 8bhp over the original 197 bhp. Using this extra power, the vehicle can accelerate from a standstill to 60mph in 6.5 seconds, making the limited edition 208 GTi model 0.3 seconds faster than the standard version. All this power is controlled by the same six speed manual gearbox seen in the RCZ-R.


Peugeot have yet to reveal how many units of the 30th Anniversary 208 GTi model it will release but there is a strong possibility that when this model officially goes on sale it could very well prove to be the ideal piece of competition going up against other top car firms such as the likes of Renault and Ford also.