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Peugeot is gearing up to build a hot version of its new 208 supermini (which you will have read about here). And it’s going to be a GTi.
To save you the effort of concerted imagination, we’ve even knocked up our own version of how it may look…
After some lean years, Pug boss Jean-Marc Gales insists he wants to recapture the spirit of Peugeot’s past, saying he wants future cars to be all about “precision, allure, style, driver control and excellence”. Those are GTi words.
He also hinted that the sporty replacement for the 207 will "be a car in the same spirit as the 205", and also said: "It will be a hard-hitting comeback on historic territory. Peugeot will be making Peugeots again."
Mr Xavier Peugeot himself confirmed to Top Gear the firm "won't ignore the strong request from a key market." And the UK is a key market for the GTi. Since the original 205 GTi's demise in 1993, the carmaker has found it difficult to rediscover its form; something Mr Peugeot will want to change.