Peugeot has unveiled the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. More than just a cosmetic special edition, the 30th Anniversary is powered by a new Euro 6 1.6 litre THP petrol engine with 208 hp and 300 Nm. That’s eight horses and 25 Nm more than the standard hot hatch.
Zero to 100 km/h is done in 6.5 seconds, three tenths faster. The improved acceleration is matched by uprated brakes – 323 mm diameter and 28 mm thick discs up front with Brembo fixed four-piston calipers.
Mated to a good ol’ six-speed manual, power goes through a Torsen limited slip differential to the front wheels, like in the RCZ R. The ESP and traction control have been recalibrated to be less intrusive and to “set free the vehicle’s traction and allow the LSD to operate”.
The 30th also gets specific suspension (lowered by 10 mm) and steering settings. The track is wider by 22 mm at the front and 16 mm at the rear, to boot. The 18-inch wheels are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 tyres.
Looks wise, chrome trim have been replaced by matte black bits. At the front, the dark treatment is applied to the grille surround, foglamp bezels and door mirror shells. From the side, you’ll find matte black side skirts and wheel arch extensions. The window weather strip, which finishes with a signature paying homage to the famous 205 GTi, is also finished in the same hue, while the quarter panel bears a “208 GTi 30th” logo.
You would have noticed the unique red and black two-tone, two-material treatment. The front is finished in textured black, contrasting with the new lacquered red at the rear. The two colours are divided by a sharp oblique straight-cut line, as first seen on the Onyx Supercar Concept.
Sales start in November 2014, but the Euro 6 engine has little chance of reaching our shores. Launched here in October 2013, the standard Peugeot 208 GTi is priced at RM139,888. Read our review of the hot hatch.
Peugeot 208 GTi in Malaysia