PEUGEOT 208 GTI AUSTRALIAN PRICE
Peugeot is trumpeting the return of 'the legend' this week, with the Australian launch of its new 208 GTi.
Lighter and more powerful than its 207 GTi predecessor, this hot new Pug is being thrust into the market as the 205 GTi reborn - the little streetfighter that put Peugeot on the map for hot hatches.
Peugeot's many flag-waving and card-carrying GTi fans are unlikely to be put off by the difference however, meaning Australia's hot-hatch market just got hotter.
Driven by the same 1.6 litre turbocharged mill found in the (much) larger RCZ coupe, the 208 GTi sends a full 147kW and 275Nm through a six-speed manual transmission.
By comparison, Volkswagen's popular Polo GTI offers 132kW with a turbo- and supercharged 1.4 litre engine, while the 1.6 litre turbo engine in the Fiesta ST puts out 134kW.
(Of course, it will soon have Renault's new Clio RS to contend with, which also offers 147kW - and, like the Polo, two extra doors.)
All that power is harnessed through a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel-drive. Short and square, the new model tips the scales at a skinny 1160kg, making it around 165kg lighter than the previous model.
All of this combines to produce a 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds, while fuel consumption is listed at a respectable 5.9 l/100km.
The 208 GTi also gets recalibrated shock absorbers, anti-rollbar, an enhanced front subframe and improved rear cross-member rigidity.
It also scores larger brakes, the discs measuring 302mm at the front and 249m at the rear.
Standard features include cruise control with speed limiter, speed sensitive power steering, electronic parking assistance (rear), power windows, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, power operated and heated door mirrors, electronic folding door mirrors and tinted glass.
The audio system has six speaker speed related volume controls, multi-function 7-inch colour touch screen, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, two USB ports, auxiliary jack and satellite navigation.
There's also dual-zone climate control air conditioning with pollen filter and an air-conditioned glove-box.
On the styling front, the GTi trim of the already-sharp 208 includes 17-inch wheels and a more prominent rear wing, along with a faux diffuser at the rear and a twin-port exhaust tip.
There are also new side sills, a honeycomb lower grille, a subtle colour tweak to the upper grille, and France's Tricolore flag colours.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The 208 GTi is available now, priced at $29,990.