2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

The Peugeot 208 GTi is a sports hatchback that doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as it should. The standard 208 GTi may not excite people’s senses that much, but Peugeot is confident that the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition will do just that.

Developed to celebrate the 205 GTi’s 30th anniversary, the special edition 208 GTi channels the sportiness of the standard version of the model and ups the ante in the form of an upgraded style and improved performance. Those two elements combine to create a visually appealing package that gives the Peugeot hatch a sportier and more aggressive appeal that isn’t usually reserved for a car of this stature.

Peugeot is presenting the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed before making another appearance at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Sales of the model are expected to commence this November 2014, giving customers enough time to learn more about Peugeot’s newest special edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition.

Exterior

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition
Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition
Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

It’s hard not to like what Peugeot did to improve the aesthetics of the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition. Matte black always gets us excited and this model is proof of that. Pretty much the entire body has been wrapped in the dark shade, creating an exciting and stealthy look that’s a far departure from what you’d expect on a standard 208.

An all-matte black finish would have been a nice look, but we can’t fault Peugeot for adding a new lacquered-red finish on the rear, creating a sliced two-tone finish that evokes images of some of its recent concepts, including the 308 R and the Exalt. We didn’t think Peugeot would do something like this to a production model, but we’re happy to have been proven wrong because the design looks pretty good.

Outside of its color presentation, the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition also features a number of aerodynamic components, including matte-black side skirts, wheel-arch extensions, a window weather strip, and a set of 18-inch wheels with large red brake calipers.

Finally, Peugeot decided to lower the car’s suspension by 10 mm (0.39 inches) while also widening the track by 22 mm (0.87 inches) at the front and 16 mm (0.63 inches) at the rear. All of this was done with the intent of creating a sportier look for the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition.

Interior

The interior changes are mostly of the cosmetic variety, which isn’t that surprising. Particularly impressive was the company’s stylistic treatment of the same black and red colors of the exterior. The interior is predominantly black with plenty of red splashes serving as an ideal complement.

Peugeot also added front bucket seats, which were specially developed by Peuguot Sport. These seats, like the rest of the materials on the interior, were trimmed in fancy materials. In this case, Alcantara was predominantly used and accompanied by black TEP with red stitching and a black-dotted mesh pattern with its own red highlights.

Rounding out the interior features of the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition is a numbered plate bearing a ‘208 GTi 30th’ insignia. You can find this plate just above the courtesy lamp.

Drivetrain

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition comes with an extra dose of juice, something the automaker deemed important to do so it can differentiate the model on a performance level from the standard 208. The added numbers won’t wow you — just eight horsepower and 18 pound-feet of torque — but anytime you can get 205 ponies and 221 pound-feet of torque from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, you know that you’ve got something special.

With those new figures, the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition is now capable of hitting 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, 0.5 seconds faster than the standard 208 GTi. Likewise, we expect top speed to improve to about 145 mph from the standard version’s 140-mph top speed.

Type 1.6-liter THP 4-cylinder gasoline
Horsepower 205 HP
6.5 seconds221 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph6.5 seconds

Prices

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

Peugeot has given no indication on how much it plans to sell the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition, but considering that the standard 208 GTi retails for £18,900 ($32,300 as of 6/27/2014), it’s reasonable to at least expect the special edition model to fetch around £22,000 ($37,500 as of 6/27/2014).

Competition

Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo

Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo

When it comes to direct competitors, Peugeot will always have Renault to consider as one. In the case of the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition, the Renault Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo is about as direct a competitor as it can have. Granted, the former does have a slew of aesthetic and performance upgrades that tips the scale in its favor. But the Clio RS 200 Turbo is far from a slouch either. It’s got the numbers — 200 horsepower available — to compete with the special edition 208 GTi and as far as we’re concerned, the Clio RS 200 Turbo still looks a little sportier than its Peugeot counterpart, matte-black wrap notwithstanding.

Conclusion

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

If you’re looking for massive upgrades on the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition, you’re going to be left a little disappointed that it only has 205 ponies under its hood. But for what you’re getting aesthetically, the "special edition" tag fits perfectly into that. The matte-black finish is also a nice bait for people like us and for the amount that you’re likely to spend to buy one, you can consider it money well spent.

LOVE IT
  • Matte-black finish always gets us interested
  • Performance upgrade isn’t much, but it isn’t nothing either
  • Sleek interior matches the sexy exterior
LEAVE IT
  • Renault Clio RS 200 Turbo is a nice competitor
  • Would’ve been nice to see output bump to around 230 horsepower

Press Release

PEUGEOT unveils the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition on the occasion of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. 30 years after the 205 GTi, PEUGEOT reinterprets the legend in a more radical version of the 208 GTi. The 208 GTi 30th delivers more intense driving sensations with its new Euro 6 1.6-litre THP petrol engine developing 208 hp and torque increased to 300 Nm. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, with exceptional traction and efficiency assured through the specification of a Torsen differential and specific suspension and steering settings. Its sporty and assertive temperament can also been seen in its stance and look, in particularly by its two-material livery, separated by a sharp dividing line. It will be presented to the public at the forthcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show, with sales starting in November 2014.

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

" Following on from the RCZ R, the brand called on the skills at PEUGEOT Sport to develop a more radical version of the 208 GTi. In this way the 208 GTi 30th celebrates the 30 years of the GTi PEUGEOT."Maxime Picat – PEUGEOT Brand CEO

On 13 March, less than a year after its sales launch, the 10,000th PEUGEOT 208 GTi came off the production line, confirming the success of the reinterpretation of the GTi legend and PEUGEOT’s top of the range sports strategy in the B Segment.

PEUGEOT has left its mark on the history of motorsport; this DNA can be found in the genes of the 208 GTi, as with the RCZ, and its R version, pumped-up by PEUGEOT Sport. As Peugeot celebrates 30 years since the original 205 GTi, it is now the turn for the 208 GTi to pass through the expert hands of PEUGEOT Sport, to give it a more radical character with what some call ‘extra soul’, in response to expectations from enthusiasts wanting a sportier and more passionate experience.

A coherent exclusive signature with a more radical temperament

“Even if the 208 GTi 30th retains the identity, the care over details and the lines of the 208 GTi, it reinterprets them in a new more radical and brutish fashion, making the link with the incisive character of its dynamic performance.”

Julien Kerlidou – 208 Product Manager

From the outset, the exclusive and more radical temperament shines through with the 208 GTi 30th. The suspension is lowered by 10mm, the track widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear, its larger wheels stand out, giving it a well planted stance on the road, clearly indicating its sporty intent.

The chic bright chrome finishers on the 208 GTi are replaced by matt black on the 208 GTi 30th, giving it a more brutish look. At the front the same treatment is applied to the grille surround, the foglamp bezels and door mirror shells

From the side, the lowered stance is accentuated by matt black side skirts and wheel arch extensions that cover new 18" wheels finished with matt black rims. The front wheels house large red PEUGEOT Sport labelled brake calipers. The window weather strip, which finishes with a signature paying homage to the illustrious 205 GTi, is also finished in matt black, while the quarter panel bears a “208 GTi 30th” logo.

At the rear, the rounded twin chrome tail pipes ensure the sound of the new engine is fully expressed to enhance the aural driving experience.

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

Finally, the 208 GTi 30th could only be finished in colours that identify this sporting world. The interpretation uniting the red and black in a two-tone and two-material treatment is innovative and unique. The front is finished in a textured black, contrasting with the new lacquered red at the rear. The two colours are divided by a sharp oblique straight-cut line, as first seen on the Onyx Supercar Concept and reinterpreted on the 308 R and Exalt Concept cars. The 208 GTi 30th will also be available in top of the range Pearl White and Ruby Red, historical colours of GTi cars.

Perfectly consistent with its exterior signature and dynamic character, the interior ambience declares the more radical sporty character developed for the 208 GTi 30th. The red fading to black finishers on the 208 GTi change to lacquered black. The black door handles with a red line echo the seat belts. High-quality floor mats are trimmed in red, while the front bucket seats are of a form specially developed by PEUGEOT Sport. These seats are trimmed in a exclusive blend of materials, mainly Alcantara, accompanied by black TEP with red stitching and a black dotted mesh pattern with red highlights.

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

Unrestrained driving sensations from incisive behaviour on the road

“Based on the 208 GTi, itself already a very effective and well powered car, our ambition was to focus on behaviour on the road, by further increasing its effectiveness. For this we have developed the traction and a potential for more grip, mainly on the front axle. The benefits are essentially in passing speeds, driving sensations and feedback.

Pierre Budar –208 GTi 30th Project Manager

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

The sensations begin when taking the wheel of the 208 GTi 30th. For the driver, familiarisation is simple and obvious as is directing the car. The compact steering wheel makes it easy to place the vehicle and enhances driving sensations. The instruments, located high up, are directly in view. This facilitates the reading of information, which becomes instantaneous, without the driver having to take their eyes off the road.

Consistent with its specific dynamic character and pronounced driving sensations, this driving position is ideally complemented by a specific bucket seat developed by PEUGEOT Sport. Together with the small wheel, the head-up instruments and feedback from the specific steering and suspension, it allows the driver to be at one with their car.

The new 1.6 THP engine, meeting the Euro 6 emissions standard, is fitted with Stop & Start. Its maximum torque is increased to 300 Nm and maximum power to 208 hp, an immediate reference to the model name.

The power and torque are transmitted to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox with specific gear ratios, and a Torsen limited slip differential – both taken from the RCZ R, allowing the full potential of the vehicle to be exploited.

The ESP and traction control are recalibrated, so as to be less intrusive when driving and to set free the vehicle’s traction and allow the Torsen to operate.

The advantage provided by the Torsen and the reduced anti-roll at the front are felt in particular when accelerating in a corner by maintaining tight trajectories, and when braking, by improving stability.

The lowered centre of gravity and redefined suspension geometry (track, camber, wheel alignment, 0.5’’ wider wheels) and the Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 ZR 18 tyres optimise grip and ensure remarkable road holding.

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition

The steering calibration has also been the subject of much development work, both on a circuit and on the road. The objective was to obtain a linear level of assistance appropriate for the character of the car, taking account of the effect produced by the Torsen.

Associated with new damper settings and spring rates, as well as revised anti-roll, the steering is informative. All together it offers both precision and agility.

The 208 GTi 30th can count on a braking system to match the performance achieved, with 323mm diameter and 28mm thick discs at the front and Brembo fixed four-piston calipers.

The sporty temperament of the 208 GTi 30th can also be seen in the figures: 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and 0 to 1000 m in 26.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration is also of a high level with figure of 6 seconds for 80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear.

Its performance and sharper handling are achieved with efficiency that is unprecedented in the segment, with CO2 emissions of just 125g/km.

The 208 GTi 30th again demonstrates that emotion, sportiness and efficiency are engrained in PEUGEOT’s heritage and genes


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