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by Tim Beissmann

Australia’s initial allocation of 26 limited edition Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary pocket rockets – today confirmed to cost from $35,990 plus on-road costs – has sold out months before it’s due to arrive on our shores.

Undeterred by the fact the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary limited edition won’t be even seen in Australia until the first quarter of 2015, local hot-hatch enthusiasts snapped up more than five per cent of total global production based purely on its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK in June and other international events such as October’s Paris motor show.

All hope is not lost for those who missed out on a 208 GTi 30th Anniversary from the first batch, however, with Peugeot Australia confirming it is banging down France’s door for extra stock and is hopeful of securing more vehicles for prospective customers.

“The GTi nameplate is synonymous with performance and the speed at which the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary editions were snapped up was surprising – but not unexpected,” Peugeot Australia national sales manager Trevor Palmer said.

“With these 208 GTi’s in such high demand, the door is open for us to receive further allocation from France – so our message to anyone that feels they have missed their opportunity is that’s not the case.

“Our dealers are still taking orders on the vehicle and we are hopeful that continued strong interest will enable us to secure further supply.”

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At $35,990, the Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary costs $6000 more than the regular 208 GTi.

The limited edition’s Peugeot Sport-tuned engine produces 153kW of power and 300Nm of torque – up 6kW and 25Nm over the standard car. The extra oomph propels the 30th Anniversary hatch from zero to 100km/h three tenths of a second quicker, stopping the clock in 6.5 seconds.

Further heightening its performance credentials is the fitment of a Torsen limited-slip differential, uprated brake package, wider front and rear tracks (22mm and 16mm respectively), retuned suspension with a 10mm-lower ride height, and larger 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary can be visually distinguished by a two-tone red and black paint scheme, as well as with single-colour Alpine White and Le Mans Red metallic finishes.

The cabin gains Peugeot Sport bucket seats, red floor mats, contrast red stitching, a sports steering wheel and an individually numbered build plate.

The Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary pays homage to the French brand’s original pocket rocket, the 205 GTi.

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