Get ready for the next Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch
Peugeot just pulled the veil off its all-new and quite dashing 208, a stylish city car specifically designed to be parked opposite your favorite coffee shop. However, the mind of the enthusiast never rests, not even to admire the many pretty shapes and details of the new 208, and that’s why we’re already wondering what the hot GTi version might be like. As such, we decided to put together a rendering that we think accurately predicts the 2020 Peugeot 208 GTi.
PSA Group Is Returning to the US around the year 2026
PSA Group (owner of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and most recently Opel) is one of France’s largest automakers that manufactures models for a wide range of buyers with varying budgets. According to a new report, the group will start selling its cars in the United States again, but we don’t yet know if all their sub-brands are going to make it over or if they are going to adopt a similar approach to Alfa Romeo and bring over some more expensive, exclusive models first.
2019 Peugeot 208
Peugeot is on a roll with the design of its latest models, and nothing makes this fact more evident than the all-new 2019 208 hatchback. It is a design tour de force, both inside and out, and it therefore can be viewed as a spiritual successor to the much loved 206 from the 1990s and early 2000s. “Futuristic and Young” are the two guiding themes Peugeot uses to describe the 208. And, they describe it perfectly. It looks fresh, yet somehow cozy and familiar, plus it also has its own identity - it doesn’t look like a smaller version of the 308, in a segment where this scaled down cookie cutter approach is common. Take the new Renault Clio, for instance. It looks like a shrunken down Megane while the new VW Polo could easily be mistaken for the golf.
2019 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineering Concept
Peugeot will bring a high performance electrified version of the 508 sedan to the 2019 Geneva motor show, although, sadly, like other previous bonkers fast electrified Peugeot concepts, it probably won’t see the production line. And, that’s a pity, because the 508 looks like it goes much faster than it actually does and this injection of extra go is just what it needs.
We really have to come out and say it straight off the bat: the Peugeot 508 SW is one of the best looking estate- or wagon-style vehicles on the market right now at any price. It builds on the striking but stylish look of the 508 sedan but adds extra coolness and practicality courtesy of the wagon shape.
It debuted a few months after the three-box hatch (which looks like a sedan, but it really isn’t) was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva motor show, where people flocked around the Peugeot stand to get a better look at it - I’ve literally never seen a motor show stand more crowded, and as I was approaching it, I thought Peugeot had unveiled a surprise concept. In the end, it was actually the production-spec 508.
The 508 SW I think looks even better than the already pretty hatchback, especially since it’s not really a boxy, traditional wagon, but more of a fastback/shooting brake type of vehicle. Unusually for a load lugger of its type, it ticks the “looks like it’s moving while standing still” cliché box.
1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 1 Group B
The Peugeot 205 T16 is the 347-horsepower all-wheel-drive beast from France that had both Lancia and Audi down on their knees in the second half of the Group B era. It was driven by the likes of Ari Vatanen, Bruno Saby, Timo Salonen, and Juha Kankkunen.
The 205 T16, with ‘T16’ standing for ‘Turbocharged 16’ since the car was fitted with a KKK turbocharger and a 16-valve cylinder head, is arguably a strange case in motorsport. As one of the most successful rally cars of the astonishing Group B era, it is criminally overlooked. People idolize the Audi Quattro for its innovative four-wheel-drive system or the Lancia 037 which was the last rear-wheel-drive car to win the WRC constructor’s title, but the 205 remains the unsung hero.
It only debuted in 1984, in the third season since the Group B rules came into effect. This first model was known as the Evolution 1 and lacked the flamboyant, but efficient, aerodynamic elements of the Evolution 2. Unlike your usual 205 GTI, for instance, the rally car had the engine in the middle, and it featured a changeable epicyclic gear train that was used to alter the amount of power sent to either axle.
Once surpassing the inherent issues that arise after debuting a brand-new car, the Peugeot Talbot Sport outfit, led by none other than the future general manager of the Ferrari F1 team, Jean Todt, crushed everyone in its path winning 13 rallies between 1985 and 1986.
2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype
The 908 HDI FAP was Peugeot’s first top-flight Le Mans prototype in over a decade and was designed to take on the might of Audi in sports car endurance racing on both sides of the Atlantic. It was a 750-horsepower diesel beast with over 850 pound-feet of torque that requires an army of men to run even today.
The mid-‘00s heralded the introduction of the LMP1 category at the top of the FIA/ACO prototype endurance racing ladder. This set of rules came in effect in 2004 as a replacement to the LMP900 rules, but older LMP900 machinery was to be grandfathered in Europe and the U.S. until 2006. The Peugeot 908, announced in 2005, debuted in 2007, one year later after Audi’s own diesel LMP1 car, and became the former’s biggest nemesis as the only other diesel prototype until the end of this era.
The 908, which changed quite a bit during its five-seasons-long racing career, was vastly quicker than the Audis almost anywhere, beating Team Joest and Audi Sport North-America both in the European Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series on numerous occasions. However, Le Mans glory was achieved only once, in 2009, when Peugeot Sport Total scored a historic 1-2 finish ahead of the brand-new Audi R15. Peugeot abruptly ended their involvement in global endurance racing before the kick-off of the new-for-2012 World Endurance Championship, although their hybrid 908 was already in testing and seemed to come together as a fine piece of kit.
Regardless, the French board decided that enough was enough and the P1 program was canned before the 908-HY could turn a wheel in anger. This led the way to Toyota’s hurried entry into the WEC midway through 2012, one year earlier than originally intended.
You Might Spot Electrified Peugeot Sports Cars Ripping The Roads As Early As 2020
A Stronger, Faster Peugeot 508 May Well Be On Its Way
At the Paris Motor Show, Peugeot showcased the plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 crossover and the 508 liftback and wagon. All three were showcased with a 1.6-liter, turbocharged, gasoline engine and dual electric motors that produced a combined output of almost 300 horsepower. If this wasn’t enough, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on electrified 508 ‘R.’
Peugeot Takes a Play Put of Mercedes’ Playbook by launching the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW First Edition at the Paris Motor Show
This is some kind of a trend that the French Automaker is following. Earlier this year, the Peugeot 508 Liftback was displayed as a First Edition model, and now even the 508 SW is set to be offered as one as well. Customers will be spoiled with creature comforts that are on offer, including a pair of high-end headphones. It can be ordered starting October 2, but the prices are yet to be announced.
13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV
High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.
They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.
Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.
Peugeot Launches a New Plug-In Hybrid Engine Range for the 3008 and 508
What is the Cheapest Peugeot?
Peugeot’s current offering in Europe includes 10 nameplates and their derivatives, ranging from subcompact city cars and wagons to crossovers and vans. The most affordable vehicle from the French brand is the Peugeot 108, priced from £11,935. Introduced in 2014 as a successor to the 107, the 108 is heavily related to the Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo, sharing the chassis, engines, transmission, and electrics. A small city car, it’s powered by three-cylinder engines and is devoid of the fancier features you can find in larger, modern Peugeots. The 108 moved almost 60,000 units in 2018, ranking 11th out of 20 nameplates that the French firm sells globally. A fully equipped 108 costs £14,255 as of 2019, which is still cheaper than the second most affordable Peugeot, the 208, priced from £14,905.
What is the Sportiest Peugeot?
Peugeot made a name for itself in the performance car market in the 1980s. Following its success in the World Rally Championship, it started offering higher-performance versions of some of its nameplates with the "GTI" badge. The legacy survived to this day and is currently available through the Peugeot 308 GTI. A beefed-up version of the 308 hatchback developed by Peugeot Sport, the GTI features a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 262 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. That’s an extra 37 horses over the 308 GT and twice as much compared to the non-GTI 1.6-liter engine, rated at 131 horsepower. On top of the more powerful engine, the 308 GTI also features an electronic limited-slip differential, a lowered ride height, and a stiffer suspension. The 308 GTI sprints to 62 mph in six seconds, to go with a top speed of 155 mph. Pricing for the 308 GTI starts from £30,125.
What is the Most Popular Peugeot?
The 208 hatchback is the most popular Peugeot globally. With 294,876 units sold around the world in 2018, the 208 actually experienced a 10 percent decline compared to 2017, but it remains by far the most popular nameplate of the French firm, with almost 30,000 extra units sold over the 3008 crossover. The 208 was redesigned in 2019 and sales should increase towards the end of the year. Reasons that make the 208 such a popular choice include an affordable price for the base model - £14,905 in the United Kingdom - and availability and manufacturing in several emerging markets. The 208 is being manufactured on all continents sans North America, with factories in France, Brazil, Malaysia, Slovakia, Iran, and Algeria.
What is the Most Expensive Peugeot?
The Traveller Business van is the most expensive Peugeot as of 2019. Priced from £34,165, it costs a bit more than the range-topping versions of the 3008 and 5008 crossovers, and notably more than the 508 sedan, which Peugeot describes as a luxury car. The Traveller Business is a more upscale version of the Traveller passenger van and features an enhanced interior designed for passenger comfort. It can haul up to eight people, but the VIP version turns into a lounge for up to five people. It also features tri-zone climate control, tinted windows, retractable trays, glass roof panels, and Peugeot’s latest technology and convenience systems.
What is the Fastest Peugeot?
The most powerful Peugeot in the lineup, the 308 GTI, is also the quickest. With a sprint to 62 mph of six seconds, the 308 GTI is at least a half-second quicker than any other Peugeot in the lineup. Its top speed, on the other hand, is matched by the range-topping version of the 508 sedan. Both vehicles can hit 155 mph, an impressive figure given that most Peugeots struggle in the 120-to-130 mph range.
Are Peugeot Cars Reliable?
Peugeots are generally regarded as reliable cars. This is partly because several older Peugeots are still being driven in African countries, but recent studies suggest that the company’s newer models are also reliable. The brand’s most reliable vehicles are the smaller and more affordable ones. Because of their status in the lineup, they lack the complex technologies that often have faults. They’re also cheaper and quicker to repair.
In recent years, several outlets placed Peugeot among the most reliable brands. In a Telegraph survey for most dependable car brands, Peugeot came in fifth place. ReliabilityIndex also put Peugeot in 14th place, with a reliability score above the industry average. The 308 hatchback and the 3008 crossover were mentioned as the company’s most reliable vehicles.
A survey by JD Power in the United Kingdom in 2019 also revealed that Peugeot is considered one of the most dependable brands on the market. Peugeot came in first place with the fewest problems per 100 vehicles, surpassing automakers like Skoda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Vauxhall. The same study revealed that the Peugeot 3008 is the second most reliable SUV after the Volkswagen Tiguan.
In the annual Driver Power study by Auto Express for 2018, in a survey that involved more than 80,000 drivers of cars aged between one and two years old, Peugeot came in first place as the best new car to own.