RE: Β£10k 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport | Spotted

RE: Β£10k 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport | Spotted

Tuesday 3rd December

£10k 208 GTI by Peugeot Sport | Spotted

Need inspiration for best hot hatch of the 21st century? Matt has just the car...



Read that standfirst? Think I'm mad? Thought so. But read on, just for a minute or two, for an explanation of why the Peugeot Sport 208 GTI might really be one of the very best hot hatches of the 21st century.

Don't misunderstand: it's not perfect. The gearshift is a bit baggy, the driving position odd, the engine noise rather plain. The key to the PS 208's success and reputation, however, is that it was so unexpected; Peugeot hadn't made a truly great hot hatch since the 1990s, only for the 30th Anniversary 208 - the Peugeot Sport in an earlier, limited-edition life - to transform that image. The regular 208 GTI was an unexceptional hot hatch, lost amidst the Clio's track breeding and the Fiesta's scandalous value for money. The 30th, on the other hand, was a scorcher, a hilariously fun hot hatch that did justice to the 205 its name evoked.


It was lower, wider and stiffer than standard, lending it that crucial sharpness and eagerness so patently lacking from the regular car. The entertainment on launch, rotating the car into a bend off the throttle and being hauled out by the limited-slip diff, was tremendous. And it was just as good back on UK roads.

Indeed the main drawback of the 30th was the odd 'Coupe Franche' two-tone paint, an issue remedied by the series production Peugeot Sport. Then, almost just like that, the PS was gone, a new 208 is now here and the prospect of a hot hatch in the mould of the last one looks as likely as a 607 replacement. That's what makes the Peugeot Sport so special: it came from nowhere to be a class-leader, made everyone fall for a Peugeot hot hatch again, then disappeared almost without trace - and with no replacement in sight. Many dismiss it as merely a jazzier 208, but the Peugeot Sport is so much more special than that. Don't let the rarity, or others' prejudice, put you off.

The PH fondness for the 208 was only further cemented by a long-term car in 2017; Ben raved about it for many months and nearly 10,000 miles, a view that I would support. For a country so fond of a hot hatch, it seems odd that the Peugeot Sport hasn't garnered more of a reputation amongst enthusiasts. Especially now it's Β£10k...


Yep, this white example, with average mileage and one of those annoying ads that just lists equipment, has a price beginning with '10'. That's not a lot for a car of this ability and, while it will continue to depreciate, hopefully it will claw some of that back eventually as the market realises its significance. It certainly deserves to.

So while there is of course the fast Ford alternative, it would be remiss of any prospective buyer not to give the Peugeot a try as well. It's a more exciting, more capable hot hatchback. Yes, really. For proving that there really were better hot hatches than the Fiesta ST Mk7, for carrying an essentially moribund Peugeot back to the minds of enthusiasts and for looking damn good while doing it, I think the Peugeot Sport might be my hot hatch of the century. That and the oversteer, of course. Don't believe it? Go drive this one - or any of them - and report back...

Don't agree? Join the thread here!


SPECIFICATION - PEUGEOT 208 GTI BY PEUGEOT SPORT

Engine: 1,598cc, 4-cyl turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive, limited-slip differential
Power (hp): 208@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 221@3,000rpm
MPG: 52.3
CO2: 125g/km
First registered: 2016
Recorded mileage: 30,000
Price new: Β£23,550
Yours for: Β£10,952

See the original advert here

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Howrare

Original Poster:

189 posts

154 months

Tuesday
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Until pug get rid of the i -bunch of Cock- pit I couldn't bring myself to buy one.


SidewaysSi

6,066 posts

182 months

Tuesday
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Why is the name of this include "by Peugeot Sport"?

Rumblestripe

1,300 posts

110 months

Tuesday
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Looked at a 208Gti but bought a Cooper S (same engine I believe) the interior in the Cooper is just so much nicer but the one in the advert at least is spared the hideous red inserts on the seats that every other example I've seen has been inflicted with.

p4cks

3,802 posts

147 months

Tuesday
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That interior does have a look of 'trying too hard' about it

s m

18,234 posts

151 months

Tuesday
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Autocar gave it the same rating as a Corsa VXR - 3.5 stars out of 5 - picked the Fiesta ST and Cooper S above it. As did EVO
No doubt it’s a competent enough car if you don’t want a Ford or others

FA57REN

168 posts

3 months

Tuesday
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p4cks said:
That interior does have a look of 'trying too hard' about it
I thought it looked quite restrained! Certainly compared to modern bling-filled cockpits. With that central screen turned off it does a good simulation of a dark cockpit.

greenarrow

1,807 posts

65 months

Tuesday
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s m said:
Autocar gave it the same rating as a Corsa VXR - 3.5 stars out of 5 - picked the Fiesta ST and Cooper S above it. As did EVO
No doubt it’s a competent enough car if you don’t want a Ford or others
I think that was the regular 208 GTI though.

From memory, EVO twin tested the PS 208GTI and Fiesta ST and gave the nod to the Pug. It was about 3 seconds a lap quicker around the Oulton Park circuit they used, which is quite a difference!

Not sure I'd want one, but I think its fair enough to nominate the Peugeot Sport edition as it certainly bloodied the ST's nose in the articles I read.

s m

18,234 posts

151 months

Tuesday
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greenarrow said:
I think that was the regular 208 GTI though.

From memory, EVO twin tested the PS 208GTI and Fiesta ST and gave the nod to the Pug. It was about 3 seconds a lap quicker around the Oulton Park circuit they used, which is quite a difference!

Not sure I'd want one, but I think its fair enough to nominate the Peugeot Sport edition as it certainly bloodied the ST's nose in the articles I read.
That is true - but then the old Corsa VXR beat the ST on the dry Autocar handling circuit too.

Didn't one of the EVO writers say he didn't like the 208 in the wet at all at one of the circuit reviews - very much depends on who's writing the article

Drive 'em all and pick your fave I guess

Matt Bird

1,130 posts

153 months

PH Reportery Lad

Tuesday
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SidewaysSi said:
Why is the name of this include "by Peugeot Sport"?
Because that marks it out as the good one, not just a regular (and bit ordinary) 208 GTI nerd


Matt

Frimley111R

10,207 posts

182 months

Tuesday
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Looks great. Saw a black/red one yesterday co-incidentally. Good car but just suffered a bit from a poor image based on previous gen Peugeot hot hatches.

Pig benis

813 posts

129 months

Tuesday
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I would have one of these over the extremely chav and vulgar Corsa VXR (sorry to any owners, I just can't stand this car). But I'd have the Fiesta ST over the Pug, like most people are doing.

dufunk

178 posts

71 months

Tuesday
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52mpg 125g/co2 wtf! Reasonable tax cost little sleeper!

Jonny_gti

163 posts

28 months

Tuesday
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Evo gave the 208 GTI byps supermini of the year for 2017 and I've seen a few other reviews that say its better than the mk7 Fiesta ST. I really like what Peugeot Sport or doing just now with the 308 270 and this 208.

blade7

8,982 posts

164 months

Tuesday
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s m said:
That is true - but then the old Corsa VXR beat the ST on the dry Autocar handling circuit too.

Didn't one of the EVO writers say he didn't like the 208 in the wet at all at one of the circuit reviews - very much depends on who's writing the article

Drive 'em all and pick your fave I guess
I always wonder what tyres were run on these tests. And as I tend to keep cars for a while, what big bills may come along when they're a few years old.The French car has a slipper and did the ST have the Mountune option?

Edited by blade7 on Tuesday 3rd December 12:10

thiscocks

2,116 posts

143 months

Tuesday
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dufunk said:
52mpg 125g/co2 wtf! Reasonable tax cost little sleeper!
Yeah, you wont get 52mpg out of one though. 42 highway maybe.

Dr Interceptor

5,595 posts

144 months

Tuesday
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Nope, I'd rather set fire to my testicles than buy one of these.


GKZ 206

5 posts

120 months

Tuesday
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I have had a 2016 road going one since it was 5 months old and only 1000 miles on the clock, and its been great. As near to my 205 GTi and my 306 Rallye that you can get in a new car, much better than the warm hot hatches that Peugeot had been making.

I was so good that when the Classic Sports Car Club introduced its new Turbo Tin Top race car series I built the first ever 208 GTi race car in the UK.

Parts were hard to find but with the engine the same as the Mini then that was easy to tune. We won the series in the first year amazingly, against many Minis and Fiesta, and we repeated it again this year!

Great cars, just a shame there is not many around and the new 208 looks to have gone bland and fat again!

Joey Deacon

1,797 posts

124 months

Tuesday
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I can hear the creaky plastics and spot the way the centre console plastic flexes from here........

LegendaryGiT

14 posts

19 months

Tuesday
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thiscocks said:
Yeah, you wont get 52mpg out of one though. 42 highway maybe.
You can, I have - but you have to drive it in a manner that totally makes getting one pointless.

cerb4.5lee

12,982 posts

128 months

Tuesday
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I'd like a go in this to see how it compares to my F56 Cooper S, the performance figures are pretty much identical. It makes me think that MINI should be getting more performance out of it with it being a 2 litre turbo engine against the 1.6 litre turbo in this.

I guess that the Cooper S is strangled deliberately because of the JCW version though.