|The Peugeot 208 in GTi guise will soon be unveiled by distributors Nasim at the COTY (Car of the Year) annual exhibition in MATRADE Center, Kuala Lumpur.|
Exterior-wise, Peugeot’s latest hot hatch glistens with the GTi legend right up-to-date. A glance around the 208 GTi entails dynamic contours from the 3D ‘floating’ chequered flag-design grille engraved with Peugeot Red to piano black inserts and chrome highlights at the rear. The re-modelled headlights and the GTi’s signature rear spoiler, plus geometric exhaust add an exciting finishing touch. At the side, the prominent GTi badge in striking red and chrome recalls back to the glory of the 205 GTi. Dual-tone wheels and tyre sizes of 17 inches complete the 208 GTi’s sporty demeanor.
A black color scheme with red accents across the doors and dashboard occupy the inside of the Peugeot 208 GTi. From the seat belts to the steering wheel insert, the unique GTi theme is pretty well highlighted. Further interior highlights include the ‘floating’ instrument panel with red LEDs around the gauges, chequered dial backgrounds of black and aluminium, and the 7″ multi-function color touch screen.
Taking up the 1.6-liter turbocharged powerplant that’s paired to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission, the 1.16 ton hot hatch does 200 bhp easy and a 0-100 km/h dash in less than 7 seconds.
Safety features are aplenty in the 208 GTi including; airbags, two at the front and four along each side, cruise control and speed limiter (5 pre-set speeds) via switches on the steering, and the ESP (Electronic Stability program). The ESP enables the car to detect the first signs of a sideways skid and helps reduce over steer. It keeps the car on course by reducing engine power and braking individual wheels.
Nasim has indicated an estimated price at RM 145,000 for the Peugeot 208 GTi, subjected to final approval. The GTi will be the third version to join the existing 2o8 range which also include the 3-door and 5-door versions.