2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi and GTi 30th Anniversary review.

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Peugeot GTi, the French maker has come out with a special variation of the model, the 2015 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary.

We headed out to the Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek at the invitation of Peugeot to pit the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary against the run of the mill 208 GTi.

So it was helmet on and onto the track.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review – Yours truly gearing up

First up was the red 208 GTi which drove like a road car. It probably seems outstanding in everyday settings but may be a little out of place on wide racetrack with tough corners but was fun nonetheless.

For the sake of comparison the 208 GTi’s output is 147kW and 275Nm.

Next up was the red and black 208 GTi 30th Anniversary which has been specced up for more performance.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review

To be honest there wasn’t any remarkable difference (hard to find anything discernible in only three laps of the track) as power and torque are only marginally higher than the standard GTi at 153kW and 300Nm.

Though it’s the ride and handling that was the stand out. Stability round the corners really shows given the widen front and rear tracks and lowered chassis.

Suspension and front brakes have been modified delivering a more race-like feel suited this kind of usage. Braking was more responsive and the clutch was smooth and not over sensitive for easy changes.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review – That’s my hand you can see holding my phone

You felt in real control of the car with the direct and heavier steering made all the more exciting by the compact and ergonomic, flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The worst thing about the day was probably the fact we didn’t get a couple more laps!

The 208 GTi 30th Anniversary is also an attractive beast inside and out. The first thing you notice is the distinctive dual-tone paintwork cutting a line through the back of the body. Though it appears so, the black portion is not a wrap but hand painted on in a matte finish. The red/black is an optional $4000 but also comes in red or white.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review

Larger 18” alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, wheel arch extensions and a different grille are the other defining features as well as a raised instrument cluster that sits above the steering wheel which Peugeot says you can see in your peripheral to help you keep your eyes on the road.

The Peugeot Sport colours of red and black transfer to the interior too with glossy highlights, stitching and trims.

It also comes with racing buckets seats which makes for a snug and comfortable ride. The leg support  ‘wings’ are rathe soft and floppy, but provides enough bracing when seated.

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review

Pricing for the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary starts from $35,990 which about $6000 more than the regular model.

But it you’re keen on purchasing one you better get it quick cos there’s only four left nationwide (at the time of publishing).

After that experience we’re looking forward to the upcoming 308 GTi. Bring it on, non?

2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review
2015 Peugeot 208 GTi Track Day Review – 208 GTi (red) and the 208 GTi 30th (red/black)

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary

Engine: 1.6L turbo petrol producing 153kW and 300Nm

Transmission: Six-speed Manual

Warranty: 3 Year/100,000km

Safety: Five Star

Origin: France

Price: From $35,990

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