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Old 11-09-2009, 03:54 AM   #1
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Peugeot is killing off the GTI badge and ending its long relationship with hot hatches, despite being responsible for pioneering the segment in the eighties with the iconic 205 GTI.

Fans of cars like the 106, 205 and 306 GTI have longed for a modern interpretation but Peugeot has decided to end the iconic three letters on its cars for good, which are currently carried by the 207.

“For us, the GTI concept is dead,” Peugeot marketing director Christian Stein told Autocar. “We will move away from hot hatches towards premium sports coupes.
"The GTI means a lot to English people but it is time to move on.”

The move is part of a strategy to reinvent Peugeot, and the car maker will concentrate on making sleek, sporty coupes like the RCZ instead.

The RCZ is similar in size to the Audi TT and Peugeot is now considering whether to introduce a smaller coupe to the range too.

However, the successful 207 and 308 CC models could stand in its way because the folding hardtops offer virtually the same benefits to customers, believes Peugeot.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:18 AM   #2
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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Boourns indeed. Had a good drive in 1.9 205 GTi once. I realize it is a cliche, but it's the closest thing to driving a FWD go kart I have ever experienced. FWD really wasn't such a bad thing in this either. A lift of a throttle and you're sideways. Now the trick is getting it straight again...

Not so easy in those.
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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Killing off the hatch??
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Old 11-09-2009, 09:48 AM   #5
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i had a 1.9 gti for a few years when i lived in england, it is one of my favorite cars of all time
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:29 PM   #6
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Peugeot killed the GTI with the 206 years ago!
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Old 11-09-2009, 05:33 PM   #7
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Peugeot killed the GTI with the 206 years ago!
Actually, I think there was a 206 GTI in the UK (and probably also in other markets). However, you're right, there was no 206 GTI in France. It was called 206 "S16". The Peugeot 205 GTI was a very popular and very good car indeed.
I'm a little bit shocked to hear that Peugeot is dropping hot hatches altogether. This is insane. I grew up around hot Peugeot hatches. My 60+ years old father just bought a nice 118-hp 207 hatch and my mother has been driving a 307 hatch for the past 4 years.
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Boourns indeed. Had a good drive in 1.9 205 GTi once. I realize it is a cliche, but it's the closest thing to driving a FWD go kart I have ever experienced. FWD really wasn't such a bad thing in this either. A lift of a throttle and you're sideways. Now the trick is getting it straight again...

Not so easy in those.
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Since when was Peugeot responsible for the GTi hatch format? I believe VW came up with this in the late 70's.
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Since when was Peugeot responsible for the GTi hatch format? I believe VW came up with this in the late 70's.
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The 205 GTI was actually built to rival the VW Golf GTI Mk2.

Anyway, the main thing about the article is that Peugeot will supposedly drop hot hatches in favor of so-called "coupes"... I find it difficult to swallow as hatches are hugely popular in France.
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