Peugeot 207 GTI: Return of the Peugeot GTI

172bhp 207 GTI is expected to be priced to compete with Renault’s Clio 197

This is the car that Peugeot hopes will relaunch its fortunes in the hot hatch market. The new 207 GTI will have the 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine that has already appeared in the new Mini Cooper S. As in the Mini, it produces 172bhp and a healthy 177lb ft of torque from 1600rpm, while in the top three gears the torque can temporarily be increased to 192lb ft thanks to an 'overboost' system.

Despite having only a five-speed manual, the 207 GTI still manages to match the six-speed Cooper S's 7.1sec 0-62mph time. Its top speed of 137mph is also on the pace.

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In addition to revised spring and damper settings, the GTI will have a stiffer rear torsion beam and strengthened struts and ball joints up front. The electric power steering has also been recalibrated.

Visually, the GTI will be adorned with 17in nine-spoke 'Pitlane' alloys, a rear spoiler, twin trapezoid exhausts and satin chrome mirrors.

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Expect to see it on sale from early summer priced at around £16K.

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