Peugeot 208 GTI has been named Evo’s Car of the Year winner. The Peugeot 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport was well-received by the magazine’s testers since it became available. The supermini was praised for its potent combination of driving dynamics, performance and everyday usability. As a result, it has been crowned top of the performance supermini class.

Instantly recognizable thanks to its striking Coupe Franche color scheme, 18-inch ‘Lithium’ multi-spoke black alloy wheels and Peugeot Sport badging, the 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport is equally performance-led on the inside. Passengers are treated to a bespoke alcantara interior with contrast red stitching, and the Peugeot i-Cockpit provides an intuitive driving experience in combination with the responsive compact leather steering wheel.

The exhilarating performance of this car is demonstrated with an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (covering 0 to 1000 m in 26.5 seconds). This is matched by an equally impressive braking system: the brake discs are 323 mm in diameter and 28 mm thick and come fitted with Brembo fixed four-piston calipers, a Peugeot Sport signature feature, all with a view to ensuring optimum braking stability.

David Peel, Managing Director at Peugeot UK, commented: “Given the loyal following the 208 supermini has in standard form, it is little surprise that the GTi form makes a very beguiling option. Peugeot’s motorsport heritage lives in every inch of the car’s DNA, from the finely tuned 1.6 THP 208 PS engine to the exterior detailing and design by Peugeot Sport. What makes it a winner is the fact it is an uncompromising car, engineered to be lived with and enjoyed every day.”

Peugeot 208 GTI in Malaysia

Released in February, the Peugeot 208 GTi is available in limited units for the domestic market at a reasonable starting price of RM 143,888, with a choice of DIgital White or Rogue Red hue.

With its bold lines, dynamic interior and powerful performance, the 2017 208 GTi will continue to dazzle and demonstrate its character and ambition targeted for discerning individuals with high expectations.

The 2017 Peugeot 208 GTi is powered by 208hp 1.6-liter THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine, 8hp more than before and the engine produces 300 Nm of torque. The new 208hp turbo petrol engine block is a sensational machine. Combined with the 6-speed mechanical gearbox, it exploits the chassis’ capacities and makes the new 208 GTi a worthy representative of the Lion Brand’s sporting expertise. This sensational machine has the capability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, 3 seconds quicker and a top speed of 230 km/h.

The 2017 208 GTi boasts efficient, dynamic and precise road behavior, preventing unwanted understeer and oversteer. From the first turns of the wheel, emotion is substantial. With its finely adjusted undercarriage (Pseudo McPherson at the front, torsion beam at the back), the 208 GTi is agile and precise following the profile of the road and poised to satisfy your emotions.

In looks, the 2017 Peugeot 208 GTi is an icon in its own right. The new bumper has sharper, along with wider front grille and thicker surrounds, which are fully integrated into the bumper. The front face still impresses with Peugeot’s exclusive light signature that consist of LED daytime running lights for indicators and DRLs and the rear LED claw effect rear light.

Moving to the inside, the Peugeot i-Cockpit is the major highlight. From first contact, you are at one with the car. A totally new experience, the 2017 Peugeot 208 GTi has been designed around you, the head-up instrument cluster and the compact steering ensure precise steering and an exciting, instinctive and safe drive, without taking your eyes off the road. Ideally positioned, the 7-inch color touchscreen, which comes as standard and has a red and black redline sport theme. The screen also houses a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. On upholstery, the seats are decked in Club Nappa leather with Caro Weave fabric finish, while the steering comprises full-grain leather material.

The performance of the 208 GTi calls for an appropriate braking system. With perforated discs, 302mm diameter at the front and 249mm at the back.

In terms of safety, the 2017 Peugeot 208 GTi is equipped with a comprehensive list of safety features including Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, EBA and EBFD, as well as lectronic Stability Program (ESP). On the passive side, the list consists of 6 airbags, front pre-tensioning seatbelts, seatbelt fastening warning system and a collapsible steering column.