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2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept

Peugeot is revealing two concept cars in Geneva, the XY Concept and the GTi Concept, which present two expressions of the Marque's upmarket trend, in the "supermini" segment. These concept cars interpret the generation leap already defined by the 208 in different contexts. The XY Concept is intended for city dwellers who love distinction and refinement, whereas the GTi Concept re-generates a legend. (continued below)

2012 208 GTi Concept Photo Gallery
2012 Peugeot 208 GTi Concept

Peugeot GTi Concept: Re-Generation of a Legend

Source: Peugeot | Published: Mon Feb 20, 2012

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The first sensations are visual; they are revealed as soon as the GTi Concept is discovered. Striking red paintwork, rich and very deep, with black reflections, adorns the entire body. Moving a little closer, the bonnet and roof unveil their secret: a web in check motif has slipped under the multiple layers of paint and varnish.

Directly inspired by the flag known to all motor sports enthusiasts, this motif also embellishes the metal mesh of the grille, the lower bar of which proudly affirms its origins by displaying the French flag.

With their black lacquered color, the grille beam and the lower skirt of the rear bumper are highlighted by an affirmed contrast. Splashes of red tie in the exterior and the interior of the GTi Concept. Diamond cut and varnished, the 18" wheel rims are also embellished with red, as is the chromed double exhaust tailpipe, on its inner faces, and the hollow lettering of the Marque on the grille, without forgetting the "GTi Concept" logo in brushed aluminum, affixed on the quarter panels as a reminder of its illustrious predecessor the legendary 205 GTi.

In the passenger compartment, the stitching and the center mark of the leather steering wheel in a sports design, the sides of the gear lever, the double stitching of the seats and the LED backlighting of the surrounds of the very technological counters all create a resolutely sporty ambiance by combining with red.

Installed in a seat with different material seat - Nappa leather on the outer section, cloth central section with an embossed tartan motif, leather head restraint - the driver takes in his hands a steering wheel with a pronounced lower flat section, bearing the "GTi Concept" logo set in the aluminum ring. Furthermore, the rim of the steering wheel is covered with red perforations, taking up the check motif.

To perfect this sporty atmosphere, the dashboard capping is in alcantara with grey stitching, whereas the roof is entirely black and the pedal bracket is aluminum. Finally, the dashboard strip and the vents combine the red and the black in a subtle gradation, whereas the check web also adorns the aluminum door crossbars.

The GTi Concept could only be fitted with one engine, that from the RCZ THP 200. Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6 l THP engine puts its driver at the controls of a machine creating previously unknown sensations, renewed thanks to an extensively reviewed instruments and controls.

Thanks to the small steering wheel, the driver is at one with his vehicle and always sets it on the right course, without taking his eyes off the road. In fact, in his line of sight, the information is provided by the elevated instrument panel the dials of which have a brushed aluminum background and very precise graduations.

Taking full advantage of the compactness and lightness, the roadholding is excellent and precise. It is the result of a chassis with tracks that have been widened by 36 mm at the front and at the rear, as well as a sports spoiler echoing the forms of the roof and providing the down force necessary. For optimum braking distances, the GTi Concept is equipped with four discs, of a diameter of 302 mm at the front and 249 mm at the rear, clamped by calipers that are also painted red.

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type I4, Turbocharged
Displacement 98 cu in (1598 cc)
Power 200 hp @ 5500-6800 rpm
Torque 203 lb-ft @ 1700-4500 rpm
Redline n/a
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear n/a
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length n/a
Width n/a
Height n/a
Curb Weight n/a
0-60 mph / 0-100 km/h n/a
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 mph Braking n/a
Top Speed n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway n/a
NEDC Fuel Consumption - Combined n/a
Origin & Price
Manufacturer's Origin France
Where Built France
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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