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Hot hatch with a rally pedigree

THE latest Peugeot GTi comes with a 180 bhp engine, making it the most powerful road-going version of the best-selling 206.

The 206 GTi 180 “hot hatch” has been inspired by the success of Peugeot’s World Rally Championship sibling, the 206 WRC.

It has a 2.0 litre 16-valve four-cylinder petrol engine which delivers 180 bhp at 7,000 rpm, a top speed of 143 mph, and 0-62 mph acceleration in 7.1 seconds. Engine performance has been enhanced with variable valve timing which ensures optimum engine torque through a wide engine speed range, for smooth driving around town and performance driving out on the open road.

Distinctive exterior features indicate its sporty intentions: 17-inch Atlantis alloy wheels, rear spoiler, full body-coloured exterior fittings (bumpers and side rubbing strips), and a new exhaust system finished with a twin chromed tailpipe which gives the GTi 180 a sporty note.

The five-speed gearbox has been designed for the keen driver, with a close ratio transmission (except for first gear) optimising acceleration. Changing gear is quicker than in the 206 GTi (138 bhp), as the travel has been reduced, improving the driving experience.

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