Peugeot says its new 208 has been an instant hit since its launch in June and a new GTi model will deliver extra ‘exhilaration and panache’.
Thanks to a surprisingly low weight of just 1,160kg, the 208 GTi emits only 145g/km of CO2, leading the manufacturer to claim that it ‘performs on many levels’.
10mm wider at the front and 20mm at the rear, it boasts ‘enhanced visual appearance’, 17" diamond carbon wheels, new halogen headlamps and a ‘resolutely sporty’ interior.
The 1.6-litre THP 200bhp petrol engine is coupled with a six-speed close-ratio manual gearbox and a reworked exhaust system.
With its maximum torque of 275Nm, it can go from 0-62mph in under seven seconds. For those so inclined, it can also kick-on from 50-75mph in less than seven more.
208 GTi dynamics manager, Marie Beaumont, commented: "The 208 was an excellent base for developing a sports hatchback.
“We have worked with particular attention on the steering response, the chassis dynamics and the rigidity of the suspension.”