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New Peugeot 208 GTi Concept

Guess what... the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept will be one of the most thrilling cars on show at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

By Stephen Turvil
Jun 26, 2012
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Guess what... the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept will be one of the most thrilling cars on show at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. That rings a bell. Its predecessor, you see - the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi - was one of the greatest cars to emerge from the eighties. It offered motorists salvation, in fact, as the rest of that decade was ruined by monstrous music and horrendous hair. This decade is tedious too, as we have now have to tolerate nauseating boy bands and even crazier hair. Can the Peugeot 208 GTi alleviate this pain?

Well, things look promising. The Peugeot 208 GTi Concept has a 1.6-litre 200bhp engine that propels its power through six-speed manual transmission. Whereas we cannot be sure, the production version – which could emerge later in 2012 - should hit 62mph in about seven seconds and charge to 140mph. That is how fast I ran when I first heard Culture Club. This performance should complement a super-sharp chassis, but only time will tell if the Peugeot 208 GTi handles like a big selling album or a scratched lump of vinyl.

The Peugeot 208 GTi Concept looks sharper than even the most stylish eighties hairdo. It has chequered flag motifs on the front metal grill, for starters, plus chromed twin exhaust pipes at the rear. This complements the eighteen-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, spoilers, and the striking side skirts. The cabin looks special too. The leather steering wheel is flat- bottomed, it has sports seats, aluminium peddles, and LED back lighting on the brushed aluminium instrument cluster. Very impressive, for what is likely to be a fairly low cost car. The 205 GTi saved Britain from the excruciating eighties – and it looks like the Peugeot 208 GTi wants to emulate its forefather. So come on - build it. No more boy bands, please!

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By Stephen Turvil
Jun 26, 2012