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Peugeot 208 GTi Concept... A Legend Returns? By Brian Foley

Peugeot is hinting at the return of an iconic legend with the reveal of the Peugeot 208 GTi Concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this March. The GTi Concept is powered by the 6-speed manual 1.6 THP 200bhp petrol engine from the Peugeot RCZ. Saluting the legendary 205 GTi, a brushed aluminium GTi Concept logo is placed on the rear quarter panels and within the grille.

Distinctive exterior features include Peugeot's now signature LED headlamps, double chromed exhaust tailpipes, lower bodywork spoilers and lower sill skirt extensions.

On the inside, the passenger compartment reveals a red perforated leather steering wheel, leather head restraints and leather gear lever. The instrument panel is enhanced with LED backlighting. The sports seats are trimmed with Nappa leather on the outer section, whilst the cloth seating is embossed with a tartan motif. The fascia is dressed in Alcantara velour with grey stitching and the roof lining is entirely black.

To complete the sports look and feeel ther is a small sports steering wheel, aluminium panels and a raised instrument panel in line of the driver's sight houses brushed aluminium dials.

A rear roof spoiler generates down force at speed. For optimum braking performance, the GTi Concept is equipped with disc brakes all around; 302mm diameter at the front and 249mm at the rear, set off by red-painted brake callipers.

A second 208 concept car, the exclusive 208 XY is powered by a 1.6-litre 115bhp eHDi engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox, The XY Concept has been treated to sixteen coats of paint and lacquer to allow the car's colour to appear to constantly change.

Inside, the passenger compartment is trimmed with crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel and gear lever. The XY Concept rides on exclusive dual-effect 18" alloy wheels. The lower window edge and the quarter panel are finished off with a special grille treatment with three horizontal chrome bars.

Watch this space for further details of actual production plans for the two models, especially the GTi.