Proper Peugeot GTi to make a return
After years in the doldrums making lardy hatchbacks claimed to be 'hot', Peugeot is set to revive the fabled GTi boot badge for a hot hatch of epic proportions.
The successor to the stunning 205 GTi, the 206 GTi 180 was never really a hit. Producing an odd 175bhp given its name (it was still only 177 in euro-speak) the 206 was never hot but more like luke-warm given how much weight it had to pull and its soggy chassis. As a result the old GTi moniker that stood for so much was desecrated in one fell swoop.
Promisingly though, Peugeot say the new car will be similar in character to the legendary 205 GTi but based on the Citroen DS3 platform given Peugeot's relationship with its PSA sister manufacturer.
With the DS3 a real forecourt success and stealing plenty of sales from the Mini Cooper S, Peugeot wants a piece of the hot-hatch pie too. The new GTi will be based on the all-new 208 set for launch next summer, and according to Autocar will appear just months after the release of the cooking three and five-door models so you won't have to wait long.
The 208 GTi will be powered by PSA-Citroen's revvy but smooth 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo unit, developed in conjunction with BMW, that is currently dropped into the Citroen DS3 and the Mini Cooper S.
Expect 154bhp on tap in standard spec and 204bhp in the limited edition model called the GTi racing. The fruity 208 will hopefully stop the clock for the dash from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds.
With Renault's Clio RS and Citroen's DS3 showing how hot-hatches should be done, Peugeot are rising back to the top of the game to complete what the French trio dominated in the '80s.
With modern engine technology, the 208 GTi won't quite deliver the fizz-bang all or nothing delivery akin to French hot-hatches of old, but we're sure it'll still be a hoot to barrel down your favourite B-road.