It’s no secret, the UK is a nation of hatchback drivers, but now, the popular model is about to get a shake-up as the new Peugeot 208 GTi arrives on the scene.
Peugeot expects to sell between 1,500 and 2,000 208 GTis just this year. Tim Zimmerman, Peugeot’s UK managing director, said: “If we can do 2,000 I’d be very happy with that. It would make us segment leader.”
The new make has a head start, it seems, as several media outlets, including the Telegraph online and Autocar, report impressive test drives. The former praised the Peugeot 208 Gti as the top hatchback of 2013, saying: “The 208 is an agile and comfortable car, and it’s reassuringly old school.” Much of the car’s extraordinary performance was attributed to its suspension components, geometry and design. The new model is quick, comfortable and sure-footed.
The 208 is unlike any other GTi on the market. Times have changed, and so has the model. The brand new make is more grown up, providing improved safety and speed. The car has a potent 1598 cc four-cylinder in-line turbo petrol engine, providing spectacular acceleration from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 143mph. CO2 emissions are kept low at a respectable 139g/km.
Peugeot’s new GTi is the flagship of the French car maker’s 208 line-up. The manufacturer boasts dynamic contours, striking colour schemes and stunning looks come together to create a true Peugeot GTi legend.
Mr Zimmerman believes the 208 GTi recaptures the magic of the 205 GTi, an 80s classic. “There was a time when we lost a bit of the brand DNA,” he said, “but now we’ve got that back”.
Despite all its added ameneties, the 208 GTi plays off the Peugeot hatchback theme: a powerful engine cleverly concealed in a small body, carefully designed to maximise drivers’ entertainment. Test drive your own in the Peugeot 208 Hatchback for £180.24 per month. Enjoy a 999cc engine while cruising in one of the UK’s favourite cars.
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