PEUGEOT Australia will mark the end of production of the current 208 GTi range with 20 Édition Définitive models as well as sharp drive-away pricing offers on remaining 208 GTi stock.
The 208 GTi Édition Définitive features a raft of mechanical and visual upgrades over the standard GTi and carries a $33,990 drive-away recommended retail price.
Bespoke styling starts with Pearl White paint and contrasting Matte Black finishes capped-off with exterior PEUGEOT Sport badging on the C-pillar. On the inside, the 208 GTi Édition Définitive features PEUGEOT Sport bucket seats and red ‘PEUGEOT Sport’-embroidered floor mats.
Under its contrasting Pearl White and Matte Black finish is a bespoke suspension package featuring unique spring and damper rates, wider front and rear tracks and a lower overall ride height.
The 208 GTi Édition Définitive’s greater handling prowess is further enhanced by the adoption of a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential.
A Euro 6 emissions-compliant, 1.6-litre THP petrol engine has been tuned to breath easier and symbolically, produces 208bhp (153kW).
The 208 GTi Édition Définitive also features Autonomous Emergency Braking technology as standard, a first for any GTi model in Australia.
Managing Director of PEUGEOT Australia, Anouk Poelmann, said the 208 GTi Édition Définitive celebrates PEUGEOT’s long performance car history and is the perfect send-off to the current 208 GTi.
"The 208 GTi Édition Définitive will become a collector’s vehicle, much like the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary and the 205 GTi model that paved the way for performance PEUGEOTs almost 35 years ago," Ms Poelmann said.
"The 208 GTi Édition Définitive is the perfect way to mark the end of production of the current 3-door vehicle for Australia.
"With its outstanding value as well as its mechanical, performance, safety and visual upgrades, we expect the 208 GTi Édition Définitive to be snapped up very quickly," Ms Poelmann added.
Connected to the road
Using a regular 3-door 208 GTi as the starting point, a bespoke exhaust and engine recalibration was applied to the 1.6-litre, turbo- petrol, four-cylinder engine, increasing responsiveness and driveability across the rev range and delivering a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds, an improvement of 0.3 seconds over the normal 208 GTi.
To enable drivers to fully exploit the extra performance, a six-speed manual transmission drives the front wheels through the same Torsen limited-slip differential used to such great effect on the 308 GTi 270 and its forebear, the RCZ-R performance coupe.
The benefits of the differential are felt in corners, enabling the car to hold a tight line during acceleration.
Compared to the regular 208 GTi, the Édition Définitive’s tracks have been widened by 22mm at the front and 16mm at the rear. The suspension has been lowered by 10mm and features new damper settings and spring rates as well as different camber and wheel alignment settings compared to the regular 208 GTi. The matte black 18-inch wheels are half-an-inch wider than those of the regular 208 GTi and shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
To take advantage of the Torsen limited-slip differential, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and traction control settings have been recalibrated to be less intrusive and the anti-roll bar stiffness reduced. Similarly, PEUGEOT Sport’s engineers spent a lot of time on both track and road, calibrating the steering to make the most of the Torsen differential.
The result is optimised grip and remarkable road holding, along with informative steering that gives a feeling of precision and agility.
To ensure it stops as well as it goes, the 208 GTi Édition Définitive’s braking system has been uprated with meaty 323mm diameter, 28mm-thick discs gripped by red Brembo fixed four-piston callipers featuring ‘PEUGEOT Sport’ badging. The rear brakes feature grey callipers.
To save weight, the spare wheel has been replaced with a tyre inflation kit.
Reinforcing the extra go with more ‘show’
The regular 208 GTi has a strong visual identity and PEUGEOT’s designers wanted to build on that.
Gone is the regular GTi’s bright chrome finish, replaced by matte black on the 208 GTi Édition Définitive. That same matte black treatment is applied to the grille surround, the Cornering Assist fog lamp bezels and door mirror shells.
From the side, the lowered stance is accentuated by matte black treatments on both the side skirts and the wheel arch extensions used to covering the 18-inch, matte black wheel rims.
The window trim strips on the rear quarter panels finish-off the package with a signature paying homage to the vehicles builders, PEUGEOT Sport.
At the rear, twin circular chrome tail pipes give a sporty look and sound to the car while complimenting its sharp, contrasting Pearl White and Matte Black exterior finish.
The interior has an equally sporty character with front seat passengers enjoying bucket seats specially developed by PEUGEOT Sport and trimmed in Alcantara with contrasting red stitching and ‘PEUGEOT Sport’ branding.
As with other contemporary PEUGEOT models, the 208 GTi Édition Définitive’s steering wheel is small, enhancing driver sensations. As well, satellite navigation is a standard feature of the car.
Special red interior mats feature ‘PEUGEOT Sport’ embroidery. Black door handles sport a fine red line, echoing the seat belt colours.
Édition Définitive safer with Autonomous Emergency Braking
Autonomous Emergency Braking technology, known as Active City Braking, is also offered for the first time on a GTi model. Operating at speeds up to 30km/h, this safety system can avoid an accident or reduce its severity if the driver fails to react.
City Braking works through a LIDAR-based radar unit mounted on the windscreen ahead of the rear-vision mirror, giving drivers full forward visibility. It detects mobile or fixed objects and then acts on the braking system, providing 10m/s maximum deceleration.
Below 15km/h, Active City Braking allows collisions to be avoided and between 15 and 30km/h it reduces the speed and severity of any impact, reducing overall damage.
PEUGEOT 208 GTi Édition Définitive is on sale now with a $33,990 drive-away recommended retail price.