Peugeot 208 GTi Production Confirmed

Peugeot 208 GTi 1 photo
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Hot hatch fans rejoice! Peugeot officials have confirmed that the 208 GTi will make it into production, and will retain most of the styling cues of the 208 GTi concept which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show, earlier this year.
However, contrary to previous statements, they will not be going down the same route as Renault’s excellent Clio RS (which we recently tested), opting instead for a more usable package, thus limiting the car’s track abilities. As expected, the car will be powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which needs no introduction, as it power everything from the BMW 1-Series to the Citroen C5, in various states of tune.

The engine will be available in two states of tune, 154 hp and 204 hp, and with the more powerful option, the car’s 0-100 km/h time should be just under the 7 second mark. The car will also feature stiffer and lower suspension (predictably), as well as special styling cues to set it apart from lesser versions.

Expect the production-ready version to be shown at the Paris Motor Show, in September, with deliveries probably starting some time in 2013.

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