Peugeot 208 GTi Is Back and It Sounds Brilliant!

Somehow the fact that hot superminis are using turbocharged engines is bothering the fans, but at the same time they don’t mind this with full-sized hot hatches like the Megane RS. It might have something to do with the impure sound, which is often times fake.
For its sporting revival, Peugeot is sticking to the 1.6-liter THP, which makes 200 PS in the new 208 GTi hot supermini. It’s hard to tell if it will be any match for the Clio RS, which is a performance benchmark in this segment, but we get the feeling this car is about something else.

Following their new tag line “Let Your Body Drive”, this first promo video for the hot 208 is all touchy-feely. From the tactile sensation of the leather on the wheel, to the click of the gearbox and the sound of the engine, Peugeot wants to let you know it will make you feel special.

We’ll get to discover more about the car at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Hopefully, the car will also be priced reasonably, because we find there’s a severe lack of cheap, small hot hatches. Even the small and gutless ones like the Suzuki Swift Sport or Twingo RS are over €16,000. A MINI Cooper S can be as much as a Golf GTI, and the only real bargain is the Clio.

The 3-door 208, which the GTi is based on starts at €12,000 if you ignore all the fake promotions. It can however go for as much as €20,650 in its domestic market if it’s a 208 3-door Feline with 1.6 e-HDI with all the goodies,plus a special paint finish. Peugeot’s sporty line of vehicles has fallen from grace in the part two supermini generations, and if they ask €22,000 or more, they’re in trouble.

autoevolution will be attending the Paris Motor Show 2012, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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