Unveiled at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed last June, the 208 GTi 30th takes its deserved stand, with 30 years of heritage, since the 1984 Peugeot 205 GTi... in a more radical reinterpretation.
While sales will start from November, ordering for the limited run of 100 cars to be sold in the UK has already opened, with prices starting at GB£21,995.
The 208 GTi 30th unites red and black in a two-tone and dual material treatment. The front is finished in a textured black, contrasting with the new high-gloss red at the rear.
The two colours are divided by a sharp oblique clean cut line, a coupe franche as the French brand calls it, 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 Pearl White and Ruby Red – historical colours of Peugeot GTi cars.
The bright chrome finishers of the regular 208 GTi are replaced by matt black on the 208 GTi 30th. At the front the same treatment is applied to the grille surround, the fog lamp bezels and door mirror shells.
Matt black side skirts accentuate the lowered stance, with 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 trim 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, round twin chrome tail pipes hint to the 208 hp waiting under the bonnet.
Inside, the 208 GTi 30th has a more radical sports character: the red fading to black finishers on the 208 GTi change to lacquered black while the black door handles with a red line echo the seat belts. The floor mats are trimmed in red and the front bucket seats are of a form specially developed by Peugeot Sport. These seats are trimmed in Alcantara accompanied by black TEP with red stitching and a black dotted mesh pattern with red highlights.
The instruments are positioned above the compact steering wheel. The driving position is complemented by a specific ‘bucket’ seat developed by Peugeot Sport.
A numbered plate marked ‘208 GTi 30th’ positioned above the courtesy lamp finishes off this limited edition anniversary model.
With a regular 208 GTi as the starting point, the new 1.6-litre THP petrol (gasoline) engine boosts power from the 200 hp (147 kW, 197 bhp) in the 208 GTi, to a symbolic maximum power of 208 hp (153 kW) in the 208 GTi 30th, with a no less symbolic equivalent of... 205 bhp, while maximum torque rises from 275 Nm (203 lb-ft, 28 kg-m) to 300 Nm (221 lb-ft, 30.6 kg-m).
CO2 emissions are reduced from 139 g/km (224 g/mile) in the 208 GTi to 125 g/km (201 g/mile) in the 208 GTi 30th.
The 208 GTi 30th has a six-speed manual gearbox with specific gear ratios, in addition to a Torsen differential – both taken from the RCZ R, to help drivers exploit the extra power in corners, with specific suspension and steering settings.
The 30th Anniversary 208 GTi edition achieves the 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 6.5 seconds and the standing kilometre in 26.5 seconds. Mid-range acceleration with 5th gear acceleration from 50 to 70mph (80 to 112 km/h) is "possible", as put by Peugeot, in 6.0 seconds.
The suspension of the 208 GTi 30th is lowered by 10mm, with wider track (by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear), redefined camber angle, wheel alignment, as well as new damper settings and spring rates, a revised anti-roll bar and Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 ZR 18 tyres. The spare wheel has been replaced with a tire inflation kit to save weight.
The steering calibration has also been developed both on a track circuit and on the road, to obtain a linear level of assistance appropriate for the character of the car, taking also account of the effect produced by the Torsen differential.
The braking system is also uprated. At the front, 323mm diameter discs that are 28mm thick are gripped with red Brembo fixed four piston callipers featuring Peugeot Sport badging. The rear callipers are grey.
The ESP and traction control are recalibrated to be less intrusive when driving and to allow the Torsen to operate. The advantage provided by the Torsen and the reduced anti-roll at the front should be felt in particular when accelerating in a corner by maintaining tight trajectories, and when braking, with improving stability.