The biggest problem any new quick Peugeot has is nostalgia, and when it’s a hot hatch whose name starts with “20″, then the rose-tinted spectacles make life even harder.
Still, Peugeot’s 208 GTi has been getting pretty decent reviews despite the inevitable comparisons to the 205 GTI. In fact even we’ve done a direct head-to-head of the two. It’s not like Peugeot to make life easy for itself though and, in the most overt call back to date, it has today unveiled the 208 GTi 30th at the Paris Motor Show to note 30 years since the 205 GTI’s first appearance. Presumably set to harp music.
Highlights here are a new 208hp version of the Peugeot 1.6-litre THP petrol engine. Torque is also up, to 221lb/ft. It’s combined with the same six-speed gearbox and Torsen limited slip differential you’ll find in the Peugeot RCZ R and this lops the 0-60mph down by 0.3s to 6.5s. This differential will prick up the ears of driving enthusiasts – it’ll hopefully make it an even faster car across twisty roads.
Emissions are, surprisingly, also cut, putting the 208 GTi 30th one VED (road tax) band lower than its ordinary stablemate.
Alongside an upgraded braking system, the 208 GTi 30th gets a number of model specific design touches and trinkets, with obvious Peugeot Sport branding and a numbered plate for each of the limited edition models sold.
Only 100 GTi 30th models are coming to the UK, with 75 in the colour scheme shown above, 20 in Satin White and five in Rioja Red. Starting at £21,995 (with Satin White models £150 more), orders for the 208 GTi 30th are already being taken – so you’ll need to get in quick.