Peugeot 208 GTi Promo Video: Lion Roars into Action

Despite the difficult times that all European carmakers are having, Peugeot is managing to keep its head relatively above water. And we have good news: the grinning grille is going away slowly but surely. The new 208 supermini has gone back to its roots and is smaller and lighter than the 207, by about 100 kg depending on the model, which is huge in this segment.
The interior is really modern and well thought out, but for us hothatch fans the big news is that Peugeot is getting is bite back, with the return of the GTi badge, a throwback to the 205 that changed the game back in the 90s. The concept is that will be seen by hundred of thousands of visitors in Geneva offers a deep red tint with black accents, complimented by 18-inch wheel, wider arches and a sporty grille that houses the French flag.

We hear that the 208 will be available with two versions of the 1.6-liter turbo, with the top one being the spunky unit from the RCZ THP 200. It will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Let’s just hope they get the engine and steering response right, and it doesn’t feel dead like the 207 RC did.

autoevolution will be attending the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, 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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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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