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Peugeot opens order books for special edition 208 GTI 30th


Peugeot has opened its order books on a special edition 208 GTI, 30 years after the original 205 GTi first thrilled car fans.

There will be just 100 of the reinvented hot-hatch available to buy in the UK.

It features a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine which develops more torque than the original version and has had its power output increased to 205bhp, while emitting just 125g/km CO2.

Changes include matt black trim, matt black 18-inch wheels, a lowered stance of 10mm, a window trim strip, which finishes with a signature paying homage to the illustrious 205 GTi and ‘208 GTi 30th’ logos throughout.

There is a choice of three colours for the 208 GTi 30th. In the UK, 75 of the 100 cars that have been ordered by Dealers feature the ‘Coupe Franche' finish. Translated literally, this means ‘clean cut' and refers to the sharp, oblique line created where the two colours meet. The front of the car has a textured black finish while the rear features a new high-gloss red. Of the remaining 25 cars, 20 are in Satin White and five are Rioja Red.

Peugeot Brand CEO Maxime Picat said: "As with any project of this type, there was a convergence of ideas and needs. Following on from the RCZ R, Peugeot Sport proposed that the Brand make a more radical version of the 208 GTi. At the same time the Brand thought about how best to celebrate 30 years of the Peugeot GTi in 2014."

Prices start at £21,995 and is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in November.

A numbered plate marked ‘208 GTi 30th' above the courtesy lamp finishes off this limited edition anniversary model.

Check out its TV advert which features footage used in the original 205 GTi ad from 1984.

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