Peugeot 208 GTI Malaysia Archive

  • Peugeot 208 GTi launched in Malaysia – RM139,888

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    Nasim has officially introduced the Peugeot 208 GTi in Malaysia. The three-door (it’s only available as such) hot hatch – which was on display at Peugeot Blue Box Glenmarie a couple of weeks back – was launched a short while ago at the new Peugeot Old Klang Road outlet, and arrives to take its place at the top of the Peugeot 208 model range in the country.

    The car, which made its debut in Paris last year, is powered by a PSA 1.6 litre turbocharged motor in its THP200 guise, with 200 hp at 5,800 rpm and 275 Nm at 1,700 rpm for output figures, identical to that found in the RCZ THP 200 variant.

    It’s paired with a six-speed close ratio manual gearbox transmission, and performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.8 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed. Fuel economy is a claimed 5.9 litres per 100 km on a combined drive cycle. Some other numbers – the boot volume is 311 litres, going up to 1,152 litres with the rear seats folded.

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    Sitting on a 10 mm widened track at the front and 20 mm widened track at the rear, the 208 GTi features variant-distinct styling cues to differentiate it from its 208 siblings, with a chequered radiator grille, widened wheel arches and special body sills heading the list. The headlamps, which feature LED DRLs, are still halogens (the entire 208 range doesn’t feature bi-Xenons), but differ in design to that found on the standard 208, with square-shaped inserts.

    Also on, C-pillar quarter panel inserts stamped with GTi lettering as a tribute to its illustrious predecessor, the 205 GTi, chrome wing mirrors, a model specific spoiler, a gloss black rear skirt dressed with chrome accents and a chrome-finished dual exhaust tailpipe. Completing the exterior job are 17-inch two-tone Carbon design alloy wheels wrapped with 205/45 rubbers, replete with diamond-cut wheel caps.

    Plenty of red detailing to be found, as seen in Hafriz’s comprehensive review of the car from the international drive in France earlier in the year – externally, the brake calipers, lower front grille finisher and GTi lettering on the car features the shade, but it’s the interior that really works the colour.

    The black interior is peppered with lots of red accents – the Club Nappa leather/Caro Weave fabric combination bucket seats get dressed with it, as are the door handles, centre aircon vents, instrument cluster surround and the gear knob. Red stitching adds on to this, and can be found on the seats, handbrake, steering wheel, the leather dashboard top and even for the seat belts.

    Elsewhere, the instrument panel is surrounded by red LEDs, and the dials – which have a matt and gloss chequered background – have needles that light up in, you guessed it, red. Aluminium elements provide further contrast, found on the brake lever handle, gear knob, the foot pedals, door sills and on the steering wheel.

    Standard fitment items include a panoramic roof, interactive HD seven-inch colour touchscreen, a six-speaker Arkamys 3D sound system with USB, Bluetooth and audio streaming, dual-zone climate control air conditioning and cruise control.

    There’s also Smart Park Assist, which helps the driver to parallel park the car. The driver only needs to control the accelerator pedal, clutch and brakes, and the system automatically steers itself; front and rear parking aids provide both audible and visual cues, the latter through the touchscreen display.

    In terms of safety, the 208 GTi is equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), traction control, ABS, EBA and electronic brake-force distribution, as well as six airbags and front pre-tensioning seatbelts.

    Available in two exterior colours, Digital White and Rogue Red, the Peugeot 208 GTi is priced at RM139,888, on-the-road with insurance. As with all existing Peugeot models in Nasim’s line-up, the 208 GTi comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage as well as a lifetime 24-hours Peugeot Assistance service.

    Read Hafriz’s complete test report of the Peugeot 208 GTi here.

     
     
  • Peugeot 208 GTi on display in Blue Box Glenmarie

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    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 oto.my 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.

     
     
  • Peugeot 208 GTi sighted at JPJ – will it be CKD?

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    Our regular ‘JPJ correspondent’ Anol Alias has sent in pictures of the Peugeot 208 GTi at the JPJ car park, which pretty much sets its Malaysian arrival in stone. What’s interesting is this car had a piece of paper on the passenger seat, reading “Pre-Pilot Production” and “Unit for VTA” (Vehicle Type Approval).

    This implies that the three-door hot hatch will be assembled locally, which goes some way towards explaining the competitive RM128,888 indicative price stated by the oto.my ad we showed you three weeks ago. The ad also suggested a launch in October or November this year.

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    This is a quick car – the century sprint is accomplished in under seven seconds, and top speed is an impressive 230 km/h. Its 1.6 litre THP 200 engine feeds 200 hp and 275 Nm of torque to the front wheels via a six-speed do-it-yourself gearbox. Hot hatch fans, your prayers have been answered.

    We’ve put the pocket rocket Pug through its paces in the south of France – read our comprehensive test drive report here. Or you can feast your eyes on a huge official gallery here.

     
     
  • Peugeot 208 GTi ad up on oto.my – year end launch

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    Hot hatch fans, take note. The Peugeot 208 GTi will be reaching Malaysian shores later this year, specifically in October or November, according to an ad posted on our sister site oto.my.

    In the said ad by Peugeot salesman Steven Yong from GE Carriage, the performance flagship of the 208 range is tagged at RM128,888, although he adds that price and actual spec are still pending. Still, it’s good to know the ballpark.

    The 208 GTi is only available as a three-door hatchback, and with a six-speed manual gearbox. This should light up the eyes of stick shift kakis, as will the output of 200 hp and 275 Nm (at 1,700 rpm) from the THP 200 1.6 litre turbo engine. That’s a lot of power to move a 1,160 kg car, and performance figures read well – 0-100 km/h is done in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is 230 km/h.

    The ad spills no details on the spec, but it’s safe to expect the best from Nasim based on trend. Our Hafriz Shah made his way to the gorgeous French Riviera to drive this pocket rocket earlier this year, and you can read his comprehensive test drive report here. Also check out the gallery, which shows the 208 GTi with all the bells and whistles available. Interesting times ahead…

     
     
  • DRIVEN: New Peugeot 208 GTi in the South of France

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    Cynics among you will have Peugeot’s new 208 GTi hot hatch pinned as merely a more expensive 208 with more power. Or as a car bred by the suits in the marketing department rather than as a love child of the passionate white coats at Peugeot. Same old, same old, you might say.

    Sceptical you may be about the Peugeot 208 GTi, but we can now confirm that it is a cracking good performance car – a welcome return to good form by the French company and a worthy modern successor to one of the all-time greats, the 205 GTi. High praise indeed, as we’ll explain below.

    We were among the first to sample its sublime talents and found the new super-Pug can round up the challenging roads around Nice in Southern France faster than its spiritual predecessor could get your heart rate up, palms sweaty and trousers a little soiled.

    As you can already surmise, the Peugeot 208 GTi will come to Malaysia in the next few months. Depending on the final price point, it will either be a really good hot hatch or one that’s also an absolute bargain to buy. Either way, it’s already causing a ruckus among many three-pedal aficionados looking for something to indulge in, yours truly included.

    Click here for the full review and picture gallery.

     
     
 

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Last Updated 14 Jun 2018