Peugeot is Ready to Showcase the 208 GTI
|   Thursday, March 28, 2013
The new Peugeot 208 GTI is expected to go on sale in the UK later next month and Peugeot has made sure that this vehicle is an upgraded version of the Peugeot 205 GTI. The vehicle is lower and shorter than the 205 and is a three door version of the car. The vehicle is powered by a 1.6 liter petrol engine displacing 197 BHP. The engine is also used in the DS3 and the RCZ model and Peugeot claims that this vehicle is capable of accelerating from 0 – 60 MPH in less than 7.
seconds.

The GTI chassis is used with the standard 208 as well and the tracks have been enhanced by 10 mm on the front and 20 mm at the rear. The torsion beam and Macpherson strut suspension have been tuned for optimum performance to provide the best driving experience.

The 208 GTI features recalibrated dampers, new anti roll bar cage, sports springs as well as a sub frame with a rear cross member strength. The steering column is quite rigid and has been tuned to enhance the drive feel of the vehicle. Additional 17 inch Diamond Carbon fiber alloyed wheels have been installed and this keeps weight to a bare minimum.

The standard rim size used on this vehicle is 204 / 45 while the discs are 302 mm in diameter at the rear and 249 mm at the front. The brakes are cooled with the help of a dynamic air intake system and this prevents the calipers from overheating. The overall drive dynamics of the vehicle is perfect for track use and gives the driver enough confidence to tackle any scenario.

This 208 GTI is the pre production prototype and final modifications could be made to the ride before it is completely ready to take on the market. Behind the wheels of this ride, the story is completely different and the driver is the happiest person in the vehicle. The 208 is basically a small car and the dimensions do not allow people with a large frame to sit comfortably inside.

However, the quality of the parts is high and use of leather and wood in the proto type makes the vehicle quite attractive view. These parts are however expected to be removed from the final model to reduce cost of production. The center console setup along with the steering column and the door knobs have been done carefully and this makes the vehicle stand out in the crowd.

The seats however provide decent thigh support and this makes the ride generally comfortable. The suspension settings have also been done up in a commendable manner and the use of aluminum and carbon fiber make the vehicle lighter than most others in the field. The overall balance of this vehicle is outstanding and this makes corner maneuvering easy. The trapezoidal tail pipe enhances the way this vehicle looks and the sharp panels along the lines of the body give this vehicle a smart and aggressive look.
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