Pint-size Pug GTI re­turns

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EX­PECT to wait about a year for the new Peu­geot 208GTI, which went on show in Geneva this week.

The fast frog gets a tur­bocharged 145kw, 1.6-litre en­gine with sixspeed man­ual gear­box lifted from the strik­ing RCZ sports coupe.

It also gains body aero add-ons and big­ger wheels to paint a fairly ath­letic picture.

It is ex­pected to leap from 0-100km/h in less than 7.0 sec­onds.

With this car, Peu­geot hopes to take on the likes of the Ford Fo­cus ST and Re­nault Me­gane RS even though it’s a size smaller.

Peu­geot had a GTI this size back in the 1980s with its 205 GTI that met with some sales suc­cess even though build qual­ity was less than good.

The new 208 GTI is based on the three-door ver­sion of Peu­geot’s new­est baby hatch.

Dy­nam­ics have been boosted with wider tracks in com­bi­na­tion with 18-inch tyres. The brakes are also up­graded. The gar­den va­ri­ety 208 is ex­pected here about mid 2012 in var­i­ous flavours.

The GTI has a sim­i­larly styled sta­ble­mate in diesel called the 208 XY that ar­rives about the same time.

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