Peugeot have confirmed that the 208 GTi will make it to production, and they have also given us some details on what it will have to offer.
The 208 GTi will be equipped by PSA’s ubiquitous 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 200hp and 275Nm (202 lb ft) of torque – this is the same engine found in the Peugeot RCZ, Citroen DS3, Citroen DS4, and Mini Cooper S. Power is sent through a six-speed manual transmission, enabling a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 7.0 seconds. It will also come equipped with a sporty exhaust system.
Compared to the standard 208, the GTi will have a wider track – by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the back – and it will be available only as a three-door model. The GTi is also relatively light for a modern car – weighing 1,160kg – and it rides on 17-inch wheels with ventilated brake discs (302mm in front and 249mm at the rear).
Bringing the GTi to market follows the successful launch of the standard 208, and Peugeot state that the GTi will be on sale by spring 2013. Peugeot is still pushing the claim that it is a reincarnation of the 1980s 205 GTi, that it “regenerates the values of the iconic 205 GTi.” That's a big promise to make, but if true, the 208 GTi should give a very fun and involving driving experience.