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Peugeot is preparing to unleash a hot GTi version of its new 208 supermini ""“ and the ingredients are right for it to be one of the most exciting Peugeots for years. We have all the details, and our illustrations show how the standard 208 will be transformed.

Like the 205 GTi, which was offered with 105bhp 1.6-litre and 130bhp 1.9-litre engines, the 208 will come with a choice of power outputs. The tamer version will feature the same 181bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine as the MINI Cooper S, cover the 0-62mph sprint in less than seven seconds and still return almost 50mpg.

The interior will get sports seats and GTi badges, while the exterior will feature bigger alloys, a pumped-up bodykit and larger foglights. At the back, a roof spoiler and twin exhausts finish off the makeover.

The 208 GTi will have plenty of rivals, as the Ford Fiesta ST is due before the end of the year, and there's an all-new Renaultsport Clio arriving in early 2013. There's no official release date for the 208 GTi, although we could see it as early as the Geneva Motor Show next month.

You can read all about the new Peugeot 208 GTi - and its legendary predecessors - in this week's Auto Express, out 1 February 2012.

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