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Concepts | 17 02 2012
GTi Concept: the re-generation of a legendary icon

Peugeot is revealing an exceptional new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this year, which presents an expression of the brand's upmarket trend in the supermini segment. This concept car interprets the generation leap already defined by the 208 but in a different context – re-generation of an iconic legend.

The first sensations are completely visual and evident as soon as the 208 GTi Concept is revealed. Instantly characterised by being the performance icon of the 208, it features chequered-flag motif that embellishes the metal mesh of the grille, and the lower bar proudly affirms its origin by displaying either the drapeau tricolore or the Union Jack. The headlamp design is also a prominent feature.

Using Full-LED technology, the front directional indicators surround the main beam headlamps giving these concept cars the impression of having an iris. The rectangular headlamp units, when used on main beam, appear to have a ‘feline pupil’ - a technological and precise expression that is fully identifiable with the lion Marque.

Other distinctive exterior features include: double chromed exhaust tailpipes, aero lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions that all capture the signature badging.  Placed within the grille is the brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo that can also be found on the rear quarter panels, as a salute to its illustrious predecessor - the legendary 205 GTi.

On the inside, the passenger compartment is a true GTi environment, with a characteristic sports leather stitched steering wheel and gear lever, double stitching in the seats and enhanced with LED backlighting to the surrounds of the high-tech instruments. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, and cloth in the centre with an embossed tartan motif, and a leather head restraint.

To complete the sports interior, the fascia capping is dressed in Alcantara with grey stitching, the roof lining is entirely black and the pedals are aluminium. The centre console architecture and ventilation vents all feature a graduated red to black effect, and the chequered-flag theme is also present on the aluminium door crossbars.

The GTi Concept takes its propulsion from the powerfully-compact RCZ THP 200 engine. Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 1.6-litre THP engine puts its driver at the controls of a machine that captivates the potential for a great driving experience.

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