The 30th Anniversary 208 GTi is scheduled to arrive in Australia during in the first quarter of 2015, carrying a recommended retail price from $35,990*.
The 30th Anniversary edition, which pays homage to the original 205 GTi, is the result of Peugeot Sport and features a range of performance and visual upgrades.
On the performance front, the limited edition features increased power and torque from its EURO 6 rated, 1.6-litre, turbo-charged, four cylinder engine – which now develops 153kW of power and 300Nm of torque over the 208 GTi’s 147kW, 275Nm drivetrain.
The upgraded engine shaves 0.3 seconds from the hatches zero to 100km/h sprit time – now 6.5 seconds – the fastest of any of its competitors.
Other drivetrain updates include a Torsen Limited-Slip-Differential and uprated braking package.
Peugeot Australia’s National Sales Manager, Trevor Palmer said that the rate at which the initial allocation sold out proves Australia’s love of performance models.
“The GTi nameplate is synonymous with performance and the speed at which the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary editions were snapped up was surprising – but not unexpected,” said Palmer.
“With these 208 GTi’s in such high demand, the door is open for us to receive further allocation from France – so our message to anyone that feels they have missed their opportunity is that’s not the case,
“Our dealers are still taking orders on the vehicle and we are hopeful that continued strong interest will enable us to secure further supply,” said Palmer.
Aiding the drive experience is a 10mm lower ride height and a widened front and rear track – 22mm front, 16mm rear – while 18 inch alloys replace the 17 inch wheels of the standard 208 GTi.
Visually the vehicle can be distinguished via a unique, vertical, two-tone, red and black paint scheme (available as an option); or single colour Alpine White and Le Mans Red metallic paint.
Inside, uniquely developed Peugeot Sport bucket seats, red floor mats, contrasting red stitching, unique steering wheel and numbered build plate offset the cabin.
Only 500 208 GTi 30th Anniversary models have been confirmed for production globally – with Australia’s initial allocation constituting 5 per cent of total production.