The GTi is not the only special 208 to be shown at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. There is also this, the classy Peugeot 208 XY Concept.
Powered by a 1.6-litre e-HDi engine, developing 115bhp and equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the XY is by no means a hot hatch. But it is a highly desirable hatchback.
The car has a ‘Pulsion’ paintwork in Crimson finish, which means the actual color you see depends on the angle from which you are looking at the car. The car also has dual-effect 18″ alloy wheels and panoramic glass roof trim. The lower window edge and the quarter panel are finished off with a special grille treatment with three horizontal chrome bars.
We think it’s a nicer proposition than that glitzy GTi.
The best part of this car is the interior, where you find crimson stitched leather on the dashboard, armrests, steering wheel rings, gear lever gaiter and sides, and with stripes on seat inserts and floor mats.
It’s not yet clear if Peugeot will offer this as a production model. But we’ll find out soon enough at the Geneva show.