Under the hood the 30th Anniversary Edition sports an uprated 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor. In this car the BMW/Peugeot/Citroen engine, which recently won the gong for International Engine of the Year between 1.4 and 1.8 litres, produces 155kW of power and 300Nm of torque. That's up from the 147kW/275Nm offered by the standard GTi.
Power is to funnelled to the ground via the front wheels, a Torsen limited-slip differential and a six-speed manual gearbox. There are also rejigged settings for the suspension, steering, and stability and traction control.
Peugeot claims that the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Edition can race from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds. Automatic engine start/stop is fitted as standard and the special edition drinks just 5.4L/100km under the EU testing cycle.
Compared to the regular Peugeot 208 GTi, the 30th Anniversary Edition rides on Michelin Pilot Super Sport 205/40 tyres wrapped around 18-inch alloy wheels. It also sits 10mm closer to the ground, and has a 22mm wider front track and 16mm wider rear track. Stopping power is provided by 323mm discs at the front with red-painted Brembo four-piston calipers.
Visually the special edition model is distinguished by matte black wheel arch extensions, side skirts and alloy wheels, as well doing away with the chrome highlights of the regular car. Fans will also note that the exhaust tips are round not rectilinear.
As far as colour schemes go, buyers can opt for the white, red, or the black and red combo seen above, which, apparently, was inspired by the Onyx concept car.
According to Peugeot, the 30th Anniversary Edition's interior will be a dark place full of piano black highlights, although will be some red highlights to break things up a bit. The special edition's front seats will be feature Alcantara facings with appropriate levels of red stitching.
Sadly, Australian buyers will miss out on the car, as Peugeot Australia said it has no plans to offer the 30th Anniversary 208 GTi locally. It told CarAdvice its reason for not taking it was simply a “business decision”.