Hot hatch fans rejoice, for the Peugeot 208 GTi will return to our shores! The news was broken during the launch of the facelifted Peugeot 208 and 2008, hinting that the pocket rocket will arrive soon in facelifted form, although no details have been released just yet.
Nasim senior general manager Yasser Awan said that the outgoing model – which has already been sold out – was a successful model for the company and has achieved a cult following among enthusiasts. Expect the price of the new car to hover around its predecessor’s RM139,888 price tag.
Changes to the GTi include the same integrated front grille and bumper design as the standard car, along with new LED tail lights with triple “lion claw” light guides. The GTi-specific headlights (with C-shaped LED indicators) and 17-inch “Carbone” two-tone alloy wheels remain unchanged, while the red highlight on the grille is now a simple stripe inset into the lower part of the grille.
Inside, the rather tacky graduated red decorative trim has been replaced by piano black items, with the door handles gaining the same red stripe as on the hardcore 30th Anniversary Edition (now called the 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport and no, that one is most likely not coming).
The Prince 1.6 litre THP turbo four-cylinder engine has been retained, but has been breathed on to boost output by 8 hp and 25 Nm to 208 hp and 300 Nm of torque, the same outputs as the 30th Anniversary Edition. A six-speed manual transmission remains the sole gearbox option.