Peugeot 208 GTI 30th Anniversary - Special Edition In Honor Of The Legendary 205 GTI
|   Sunday, June 29, 2014
Peugeot will be present this year at the Goodwood Festival with a special version of the 208 GT. It has been designed to celebrate 30 years since the onset of the famous 205 GTI.

After last year the new RCZ R was revealed at the Goodwood Festival, those at Peugeot look to continue the tradition this year too. The French will unveil at the event held on the field of Lord March the anniversary edition of the 208 model.

Baptized 208 GTI 30th Anniversary, the hot-hatch celebrates three decades since the onset of the first high performance 205 GTi models.

Based on the current 208 GTI, the new sports version proposes a suspension lowered by 10 mm, and a wider track by 22 mm in front and 16 mm in the rear. The wheel housings have increased, side skirts have become black, and standard wheels have been replaced with some specially designed measuring 18 inches.

The entire bodywork was painted in two colors, red and black. You cannot miss the special 208 GTI 30th logos nor the two bodywork color options: Pearl White and Ruby Red. The last two shades are designed to recreate the classic nuances of the old 205 GTI.

The Special Edition comes powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, capable of developing 208 horsepower and a torque of 300 Nm. That means 8 horses and 25 Nm more torque than in the case of the standard version. The four-cylinder engine is assisted by a transmission with six reports and it complies with Euro 6 emission standards.

Thanks to this contribution of power, the new 208 GTI 30th Anniversary can sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.5 seconds, and can travel one kilometer in just in 26.5 seconds.

Needing 6 seconds to go from 80 km / h to 120 km / h in the 5th gear, the mid-range acceleration is also top notch. With CO2 emissions of just 125 g / km, its performance and sharper handling are achieved with an efficiency that is unprecedented in the segment.

When driving and allowing the Torsen system to operate, the ESP and traction control are recalibrated, so as to be less intrusive. In particular, it improves stability when braking and maintains tight trajectories when accelerating in a corner, due to the advantage provided by the Torsen and the reduced anti-roll at the front.

To be able to control the horses on the French model, Peugeot's engineers have installed a new set of Brembo brakes with 323 mm diameter discs and calipers with four pistons. A set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 ZR 18 tires are fitted too, with the lowered centre of gravity and redefined suspension geometry (track, camber, wheel alignment, 0.5-inch wider wheels), also improve grip and road holding.

The Peugeot 208 GT 30th Anniversary will be exhibited for the first time at Goodwood but will also make its appearance at the Paris Motor Show. Sales will begin soon after that, most likely in November.
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