The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is predicted to make a pleasant debut in the Geneva show. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept availability will be a positive sign that the French car manufacturer is keen to rekindle its reputation as a maker of serious hot hatches. After the underwhelming 206 and 207 GTIs, the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept could be the return to form we’ve been waiting for. American enthusiasts have long complained that European consumers get a better crop of attractive and hot hatchbacks to choose from, but now Peugeot is just making American people more jealous by way of the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept looks which will debut at the Geneva show.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept side angle view
The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept takes a more aggressive stance than other 208 three-door models, thanks to a 36 mm wider track and a prominent rear spoiler. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is also significantly lighter than its 207 predecessor, helping edge the hatch back to its roots.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept frontside angle view
The plain black plastic grille has been traded out for a metal checked-flag motif complete with a brushed-aluminum GTi Concept logo, which can also be found adorning the C-pillars – the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is basically a throwback to the venerable 205 GTi from the 1990s. Chassis-wise, the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept track widths are up 36 mm over the standard 208’s, while there are 302 mm brake discs up front, 249 mm rear.

The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept exterior highlights include twin chrome exhaust pipes, red trimmed alloy wheels and a subtle bodykit with a rear roof spoiler. Inside the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept, the passenger compartment is a true GTi environment, with a characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel, the treatment of which is replicated on the sides of the gear lever, double stitching in the seats and enhanced with LED backlighting to the surrounds of the high-tech instruments.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept rearside angle view
The is 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept powered by the 200hp 1.6 turbo from the top-of-the-range RCZ and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept engine it’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission, which directs power to the front wheels.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept instrument panel
Despite being sized closer to the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo, the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept could give the likes of the 200-hp VW GTI and 181-hp Mini Cooper S a run for their money. More of the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept specs details will likely be saved for the production car’s reveal, but an £18,000 starting point will keep the 208 GTI competitive in class.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept at Geneva 2012

Competitors 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept

The 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept benefits from the improvements that characterise the 208, taking full advantage of its compactness and lightness, delivering road-holding that is both excellent and precise. We can expect a production version by the end of the year with few changes, as the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept looks pleasingly showroom-ready.

2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept front bumper design
Should the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept make it into the production, the little hot hatch could be a strong rival for the likes of the Clio Renault sport or Corsa VXR. We also hope the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept will fill the boots of the 306 GTi-6, Rallye or 205. Meanwhile, making its debut alongside the 2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept is the 2012 Peugeot 208 XY Concept, which suggests the 208 could also serve as a premium, upscale compact hatchback.

 

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