Peugeot has given the new 208GTi the green light as final details on the hot hatch have emerged. The premise behind the car is to bring lightweight motoring back to the enthusiast. While not as light as we were expecting the car still comes in at less than 1200kg. Here are some of the key details.
Springs, calibration of the shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, enhanced front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity, plus that the suspension and wheels are specific to this latest Peugeot GTi. The specially designed suspension makes the car more agile and pointy to drive.
Fitted with 205/45 tyres, the 17″ diamond Carbon wheels, with Storm paint and matt varnish, house 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear. Cooled by dynamic air intakes, they provide controlled and incisive braking.
The 1.6-litre THP petrol engine expresses itself through a reworked exhaust system. Coupled with a manual gearbox with six, close-ratio gears, the engine draws the full potential from this chassis. With its maximum torque of 275Nm and its maximum power of 147kW, the 208 GTihas the potential of acceleration to the highest level. 0 to 100kph is reached in less than 7.0 seconds. In-gear re-acceleration is equally impressive, with the 208 GTi accelerating from 80 to 120kph in less than 7.0 seconds in 5thgear. This performance benefits from the improvement achieved from lightening the weight of the vehicle.
Light in weight, at 1160kg, the 208 GTi achieves a real feat by emitting CO2at just 145g/km.