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Peugeot has announced the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Limited Edition in time for this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Peugeot 208 GTi, which has its roots from the iconic 205, created 30 years earlier, now makes a thumping entry at Goodwood.

Looks-wise, the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition is distinguished with an optional paint finish, a coupe franche, where the rear is separated distinctively by a sharp dividing line from which the colors are cleanly divided. Its sporty and assertive temperament can also been seen in its stance and look, in particularly by its dual-material (textured black/high-gloss red) livery, separated by a sharp dividing line. In dimensions, the 208 GTi has a wider track of 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear. The suspension is lowered by 10mm, while larger wheels are specified to give it a pronounced sports car posture on the road.

Peugeot commemorates 208 GTi hot hatch with two-livery 30th anniversary limited edition variant

At the front, chic bright chrome finishers on the 208 GTi are replaced by matt black on the 208 GTi 30th, giving it a more brutish look. Similar treatment is applied to the grille surround, the fog lamp bezels and door mirror shells. From the side, the lowered stance is accentuated by matt black side skirts and wheel arch extensions that cover new 18-inch wheels finished with matt black rims. The front wheels house large red PEUGEOT Sport labelled brake calipers. The window trim strip, which finishes with a signature paying homage to the illustrious 205 GTi, is also finished in matt black, while the quarter panel bears a ‘208 GTi 30th’ emblem.

The rounded twin chrome tail pipes round off the rear of the hot hatch. Additionally, a numbered plate marked ‘208 GTi 30th’ positioned above the courtesy lamp finishes off this limited edition anniversary variant.

Perfectly consistent with its exterior signature and dynamic character, the interior ambience has a more radical sports character developed for the 208 GTi 30th. The red fading to black finishers on the 208 GTi change to lacquered black. Meantime, the black door handles with a red line echo the seat belts. High-quality floor mats are trimmed in red, while the front bucket seats are of a form specially developed by Peugeot Sport. These seats are trimmed in an exclusive blend of materials, mainly Alcantara, accompanied by black TEP with red stitching and a black dotted mesh pattern with red highlights.

The 208 GTi 30th delivers a more intense driving sensation enhanced with a new Euro6 1.6-liter THP petrol engine developing 300Nm of torque and maximum power increased to a symbolic 208 hp. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, it has exceptional traction and efficiency assured through the specification of a Torsen differential, specific suspension and steering settings. A 0 – 62 mph dash takes just 6.5 seconds, while fuel consumption is kept honest and emissions is rated 125 g/km.

For the limited edition hot hatch, the ESP and traction control are recalibrated, so as to be less intrusive when driving and to set free the vehicle’s traction, especially when accelerating in a corner by maintaining tight trajectories, and when braking by improving stability. The lowered center of gravity and redefined suspension geometry (wider track, camber angle, wheel alignment, 0.5-inch wider wheels) and the 205/40 ZR 18 Michelin Pilots optimize grip and ensure exemplary road holding. Meanwhile, the 208 GTi 30th can count on a braking system to match the performance achieved, with 323 mm diameter and 28 mm thick discs at the front and Brembo fixed four-piston calipers.

Peugeot 208 GTi gains prominence globally, with over 10,000 units produced

A year after its commercial launch, over 10,000 Peugeot 208 GTi hot hatch cars have been produced. The 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition will be available in Pearl White and Ruby Red and is set for public debut at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show. Sales for the limited edition hot hatch starts earnestly from November.