Peugeot will be bringing a pair of 208 concepts to the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the GTi Concept marking the return of an icon for the French automaker.
The GTi Concept pays tribute to the legendary 205 GTi, featuring double-chromed exhaust tips, lower aerodynamic spoilers, lower side skirt extensions, and brushed aluminum GTi Concept logos on the rear quarter panels. A checkered-flag motif adorns the metal mesh of the front grille while the bottom bar of the grille features the French “Le Tricolour” flag or the Union Jack when it’s out in the United Kingdom.
The interior is packed with sporty accessories, including a leather-stitched steering wheel, gear shifter and double-stitching on the seats. LED backlighting can be seen in the surrounds of the instrument cluster while the sporty seats are upholstered in Nappa leather with cloth in the center featuring an embossed tartan motif and a leather head restraint.
Powering the GTi Concept is a potent 1.6L THP engine with 197-hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. The RCZ THP 200 powerplant is mated to a six-speed manual transmission for a true, sporty drive. Braking, suspension, and aerodynamic tweaks are also on the GTi Concept to set it apart from the standard 208.
In addition to the GTi Concept, Peugeot will be bringing its XY Concept to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, geared towards “city dwellers who love distinction and refinement.” The XY Concept features a 1.6L e-HDi engine with 115-hp and a six-speed manual transmission. Those attending the show will be able to check out its special “Pulsion” paintwork that Peugeot claims that it “appears to constantly change, depending on the distance and the position from which it is viewed.”