Peugeot will reveal a headline grabbing 200hp GTi Concept version of the new 208 supermini, the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept. The 208 supermini marks a real return to form for Peugeot, and what better way to celebrate this than with a new 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept version. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept images is looks like every inch the genuine hot hatch. Peugeot is set to reveal how its next GTi incarnation will shape up when the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept previews the next iteration of the type at the upcoming Geneva show.
While Peugeot is yet to officially confirm that it will be launching a GTI version of its new 208, it’s a safe bet that the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept will come to the production considering the success of past generations as well as this latest concept. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept gets a rear roof spoiler elsewhere, and is equipped with all-round disc brakes, measuring in at 302 mm diameter at the front and 249 mm at the rear, replete with red-painted brake calipers.
Compared with the regular 208 on which it’s based, the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept dimensions gets a 36-mm wider track at the front and rear, as well as a rear roof spoiler and up rated brakes. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept exterior design cues include chequered-flag motifs that embellish the metal mesh of the grille, and the lower bar proudly affirms its origin by displaying the French Le Tricolour flag or alternatively, the Union Jack.
Other than the distinctive 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept exterior features include a full body kit, and a brushed aluminum 208 GTi Concept logo; there’s also a very subtle body kit, with neatly integrated wheel arch extensions, a discreet rear spoiler, and a small black ‘diffuser’ with two chromed tailpipes.
The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept passenger compartment is a true GTI environment, with characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel and matching gear lever, double stitching in the seats, and modern LED backlighting for the instrument gauges. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept cabin, meanwhile, gets sports seats trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section and cloth in the centre, with an embossed tartan motif, double stitching and a leather head restraint completing the job.
There’s also a red perforated leather steering wheel, which features a pronounced lower flat section and which carries the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept logo set in an aluminium ring. Alcantara covers the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept dash, the roof lining is black, and the pedals are aluminium.
The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is technically still a concept, but the hottest Peugeot 208 already runs a THP 156 engine, so the concept is thought to be an early prototype for a production version of the GTi. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept ingredients are very promising. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept engine is the same turbocharged THP 200 1.6-litre four-cylinder that you’ll find in the top-spec RCZ which means 197bhp at 5500rpm, plus 188lb ft at 1700rpm (or 203lb ft with an over boost facility).
Peugeot hasn’t made any acceleration claims for the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept, but reckon on high-sixes or low-sevens to 62mph from a standstill. If the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept turns out to be anything like sister company Citroen’s DS3 Racing, it should be a very good car indeed.
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