04 April 2013 07:00
This is the new Peugeot 208 GTi, and it follows hot on the heels of our drives of both the Ford Fiesta ST and Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo. Can it be as good as the Fiesta ST or Clio Turbo?
The Peugeot has nearly 20bhp more than the Ford, and as some Renaultsport fans bemoan the Clio’s new dual-clutch transmission, the 208 only comes with a manual gearbox. Could this be the rebirth of the GTi badge? Peugeot 208 GTi: the spec sheet
Like the Ford Fiesta ST and Renaultsport Clio 200 Turbo the 208 GTi has a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine. It’s on par for power with the Clio Turbo (197bhp) and comfortably ahead of the little fast Ford (180bhp) and its 203lb ft of torque puts it between the two (214lb ft for the ST, and 177lb ft for the Clio). The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 6.8 seconds, one-tenth slower than the Clio but one-tenth faster than the Ford. It’s as clean and efficient as the Ford, and thus cleaner and more efficient than the Renault. There’s not much between the trio so far…
But on price the Ford Fiesta ST undercuts the 208 GTi by £1900. And although the Clio Turbo is £100 more than the Peugeot (£18,995 versus £18,895) the Renaultsport has two extra doors and a dual-clutch gearbox, neither of which are available on the GTi – but both of which would usually combined to be a couple of grand if there were optional extras. Is the 208 GTi overpriced? Peugeot 208 GTi: the styling
You can have your 208 as both a three- or five-door, but GTi is only available as a three-door, which means sleeker styling – and those chromed little side window ‘winglets’ that pay homage to the iconic 205 GTi. GTi-specific tweaks include wheelarch add-ons, new headlights with LED daytime running lights, a new front grille with chrome highlights, chunkier side sills, a dual exhaust, 17in wheels, and a smattering of red details and GTi badges. The 208 GTi looks quite cool, but it may...