Peugeot unveil 30th Anniversary Limited Edition GTi

Peugeot have revealed the first images and specifications for their new 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition model.

Following its official public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, where the model will be on display and will also test its mettle on the famous Goodwood hill climb, the new 208 GTi appear at the Paris Motor Show in October, before going on sale the month after.

'More intense driving sensation'

According to the company, the 30th Anniversary 208 GTi will deliver a ‘more intense driving sensation’ with its sporty temperament, assertive aesthetics and updated engine.

Available in Ruby Red and Pearl White, classic Peugeot GTi colours, as well as an attention-grabbing Jekyll and Hyde-style two tone finish with matt black front and high-gloss red rear, there’s no denying that the Limited Edition 208 GTi is visually striking.

The bright chrome of the regular 208 GTi has been swapped for matt black on the 30th Anniversary, with side skirts, wheel arch extensions and 18-inch wheels all finished with the moodier black, as is the grille surround and door mirror shells.

Suspension has also been lowered by 10mm, the track widened by 22m at the front and 16mm at the rear and the larger wheels give the Limited Edition 208 GTi a leaner, meaner posture.

Peugeot 208 GTi 30th anniversary interior

Likewise, the interior has been subject to a radical overhaul with lacquered black finishing, black floor mats and door handles with red detailing and specially-designed Alcantara suede bucket seats with red stitching and highlights.

An individually-numbered plate above the cabin lamp finishes off the Limited Edition interior stylings, while a compact steering wheel and heads-up instrument display denote the model’s sporty bent.

New 30th Anniversary edition 208 GTi engine range

Under the bonnet, the new 30th Anniversary 208 GTi packs a brand-new 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, equipped with stop/start technology.

Maximum power is a nippy 205bhp, perhaps a nod to Peugeot’s legendary 205 GTi model which pioneered the hot hatch market, while the engine produces a burly 300Nm of torque.

The engine is coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and a Torsen differential, both taken directly from the RCZ R, Peugeot’s most powerful production car ever.

According to Peugeot, the result of their powertrain tweaking will see the Limited Edition 208 GTi hit 62mph from standstill in just six and a half seconds. Mid-range acceleration is similarly sharp, while emissions are estimated at around 125g/km.

Electronic stability and traction controls have also been recalibrated in order to best assist the new Torsen differential, and this along with the lowered centre of gravity and redefined suspension ensures the car will maintain grip on the road in all conditions.

This year marks the 30th year since the first Peugeot GTi was introduced, the hugely influential 205 GTi, which set the benchmark for all hot hatches to come and was produced for a decade, between 1984 to 1994.

The latest version of its successor, the popular 208 GTi, was launched in March last year and Peugeot just recently celebrated the manufacture of its 10,000th unit at their plant in Poissy.

Prices for the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition 208 GTi have yet to be announced, however the car is due to go on sale early this November.