Not long more to go before one can get their grubby paws on a Peugeot 208 GTi, by the looks of it – the car has ‘arrived’ in the showrooms, or at least one has. A red example of the hot hatch is on display at Peugeot Blue Box Glenmarie, so if you’re keen to salivate over it, you know where to head to.

The vehicle was spotted last month at JPJ Putrajaya, undergoing type approval, and an ad for it on also came about last month. A salesperson at Glenmarie mentions that the order books have opened for the car, and that it’ll be priced at under RM140k, with the official launch set to happen sometime in October; first deliveries will also begin then.

The Peugeot 208 GTi is only available as a three-door hatchback, with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s powered by a THP 200 1.6 litre turbo mill offering 200 hp and 275 Nm, quite a fair bit of propulsion energy for a 1,160 kg car. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 6.8 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed.

Our intrepid squid, Hafriz Shah, put the 208 GTi through its paces earlier this year, doing the tango with the pocket rocket in the twists and turns of the French Riviera – read his comprehensive take of the car here.