PEUGEOT has chosen an iconic motoring event in which to bring out a model that pays tribute to the brand’s three decades of creating hot hatchbacks.
At the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, Peugeot unveiled the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition, which comes 30 years after the carmaker launched the 205 GTi, one of first cars that started the sporty hatchback segment. Peugeot said it reinterprets this legend in the more radical version of the 208 GTi.
The 208 GTi 30th is powered by a 1.6-liter THP gasoline engine that makes 208hp, with torque ratings increased to 300Nm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. To ensure that power gets to the ground as efficiently as possible, Peugeot said it fitted the car with a Torsen differential, as well as tuned its suspension and steering.
Besides the resulting meaner stance, the 208 GTi 30th is distinguished by a two-material livery, each separated by a sharp dividing line. Peugeot said its motor sport DNA can be found in the genes of the 208 GTi, which like the RCZ and the RCZ R, is pumped up by Peugeot Sport. The carmaker added that it celebrates the 30 years since the original 205 GTi’s debut by giving the 208 GTi a “more radical character with what some call extra soul.” The 208 GTi 30th is its “response to expectations from enthusiasts wanting a sportier and a more passionate experience,” Peugeot said.
“Following on from the RCZ R, the brand called on the skills at Peugeot Sport to develop a more radical version of the 208 GTi,” said Peugeot Chief Executive Officer Maxime Picat. “This way the 208 GTi 30th celebrates the 30 years of the GTi Peugeot.”
The special-edition car will be presented at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, with sales starting in November.
Peugeot said it had sold its 10,000th 208 GTi in mid-March, less than a year after the car’s showroom debut.
In the Philippines, the 208 GTi completes Peugeot’s lineup, which is made up of the 3008 crossover, 5008 compact MPV, 508 executive sedan, RCZ sports car and the new Expert Tepee family van.