Peugeot has revealed the production version of the 208 GTi which is scheduled to hit the market next spring.

With the new 208 GTi, shown earlier this year as a concept, Peugeot is trying to “regenerate the legend” of the 205 GTi. These are the first official images of the 208 GTi before the car’s public debut in Paris at the end of the month. Compared to the regular model, the hotter GTi is lower and wider while under the hood it comes with a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine that enables the car to do the 0-62 mph sprint in less than seven seconds.

This is the same engine that powers other hot PSA cars, such as the beautiful Peugeot RCZ and the Citroen DS3. In the 208 GTi it generates 197 HP (147 kW) and a peak torque of 203 lb-ft (275 Nm). This power unit is mated to a 6-speed, close-ratio manual transmission that allows the vehicle to hit a top speed of more than 140 mph (225 km/h).

Other changes compared to the standard 208 include wider front (by 10mm) and rear track (by 20mm), recalibrated dampers, sports springs, updated anti-roll bars and revised steering for extra firmness. The Peugeot 208 GTi features a MacPherson strut front and a torsion beam rear suspension which has also been reworked so that it could provide “an incisive driving experience.”

It rides on 17-inch diamond Carbon wheels with 205/45 tires while the stopping power is provided by the 302mm ventilated discs for the front wheels and 249mm discs for the rear ones. The vehicle weighs 1160 kg (2557 lbs) and has CO2 emissions of 145 g/km.

Design-wise, the 208 GTi can be distinguished thanks to its more aggressive bodykit that includes wider side sills and flared wheel arches. It comes with LED DRLs, a new look for the front grille, GTi logos for the C-pillars and a special red and chrome trim. Inside the cabin the leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel, center console and the door handles have the same color as the exterior. It also features part-leather sports seats, aluminum pedals and gear knob.

No word about the price tag of the Peugeot 208 GTi but we do know that it will hit the market in the spring of 2013.

Full details available in the press release below.

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