New Peugeot 208 GTI begins to take shape

JonathanNovember 22, 2012

The cover may not been entirely lifted on the new Peugeot 208 GTI but drivers have had the opportunity to have a peek under the curtain.

Motorists have been treated to this sneak preview courtesy of Tim Zimmerman, the managing director of the French car giant, after he laid down a few promises about one of his firm’s freshest vehicles.

One of the main assurances that was given by Mr Zimmerman was his claim that the 208 GTI will “recapture the spirit of the 205 GTI”.

He continued: “The 205 GTI was raw, almost like a sports car. Things can never be exactly the same but we believe the new car gives plenty to the fan of the 205 GTI.”

Another interesting point that Mr Zimmerman has made when discussing the Peugeot 208 GTI, which is set to launch sometime in 2013, is that it will be lighter than the 207 car it is replacing.

Peugeot’s managing director acknowledged: “For most makers, each new generation of car is heavier than the last. We have reversed that with 208.”

However, the car will not be the lightest product in the Peugeot range. That accolade belongs to the aforementioned 205 GTI, which Mr Zimmerman believes is flimsy and tinny when compared to the rest of the motoring industry today. Instead, it will be a balance that drivers should appreciate.

People who are hoping to tap into the commendable vehicle manufacturing skills that has made Peugeot one of the biggest car makers in the world should check out the great contract hire deal being offered on the Peugeot 107 1.0 Allure five-door hatchback.

Monthly instalments of just £84.99 will see drivers presented with a sleek car that protects the environment by delivering CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. Despite this, the vehicle is able to hit 62mph from rest in 12.3 seconds and boast a respectable 65.7mpg.

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