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The 205 GTi has been re-incarnated, and badged as a 208 GTi! (Pug blurb, not mine :grin:)

Lets see what it can do!

We'll need someone to test it..... hmmmm................. Any Pug lovers on TSN?

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Peugeot’s 208 GTI hot hatch has been spied testing almost completely undisguised less than a month before its world debut at the Paris motor show.

These spy pictures show that the look of the 208 GTI will stay true to the concept car of the same name from the Geneva motor show earlier this year. The only major change appears to be the fitting of more conventional alloy wheels.

Peugeot bosses have previously said that the 208 GTI will not be as hard-edged as hot hatch rivals, which include the Renault Clio 200. Instead, the firm believes that there is a niche for a hot hatch that has everyday usability as well as performance.

But Peugeot’s director of range, Laurent Blanchet, has said the firm wants “the genes of the 205 GTI to run in the 208 GTI”, and “the ride and handling absolutely must be best in class” if it is live up to the legend of the 205 GTI.

The 208 GTI will be lower and wider than the standard three-door 208 and feature a subtle bodykit, twin exhausts, larger alloy wheels and brakes and an overhauled suspension set-up.

As with the concept, power is expected to come from a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine with just shy of 200 bhp. Expect a 0-62 mph time of less than 7.0 sec and a top speed in excess of 140 mph.

The GTI’s interior will also be revised over the standard 208’s. It will feature a small, flat-bottomed steering wheel, new pedals and gearknob, sports seats and special trim for the instrument panel and centre console.

Prices are tipped to start at about £21,000 when the 208 GTI reaches the UK in spring 2013. The standard 208 will be launched in September.

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