Peugeot 208 GTi and GTi by Peugeot Sport review - a return to 205 GTi form? - Peugeot 208 GTi Engine and transmission

The Peugeot 208 GTI trying to channel the spirit of its seminal predecessor, the original 205 GTI. Does the latest hot hatch get close?

Evo rating
Price
from £19,515
  • Best Peugeot hot hatchbacks in years; fast and involving
  • Ford Fiesta ST runs it very close

Both 208 GTi and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport use a 1598cc, single-turbocharged inline-four, under Peugeot’s ‘THP’ branding. We’re abundantly familiar with this particular unit – not only has it been used in dozens of Peugeot, Citroen and DS models, including the 308 GTi and RCZ-R in 266bhp form – but it was also the main powerplant of the previous-generation Mini Cooper, Cooper S and JCW models.

In the 208 GTi it develops 197bhp at 5800rpm, with 203lb ft of torque from 1700-4500rpm. The Peugeot Sport – originally sold as the 30th Anniversary model, celebrating 30 years of the GTI badge on Peugeot's models – lifts this to 205bhp at 5800rpm and 221lb ft from 1700rpm.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Both use a six-speed manual gearbox, though in the Peugeot Sport the ratios are closer for a more urgent feel, and there’s a Torsen limited-slip differential at the front axle to the benefit of traction. No automatic option is available in either model.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/caterham/201924/caterham-620r-v-ariel-atom-35-v-elemental-rp1
Caterham

Caterham 620R v Ariel Atom 3.5 v Elemental Rp1

Flight Club - lightweight track day toys with heavyweight powertrains, Steve Sutcliffe compares them on track at Anglesey circuit in Wales
5 Nov 2019
Visit/alfa-romeo/21322/alfa-romeo-to-launch-new-700bhp-8c-and-600bhp-gtv-coupe
Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo culls sports car programme in wake of FCA merger

Italian’s future performance models killed off in favour of more profitable SUVs
11 Nov 2019
Visit/toyota/yaris/201932/toyota-yaris-gr-4-hot-hatchback-teased-successor-to-the-grmn-and-a-true-wrc
Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris GR-4 hot hatchback teased – successor to the GRMN and a true WRC homologation special

Gazoo Racing to follow up its 2019 WRC championship with an all-new car based on the GR-4 hot hatch
6 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019