Motor Mouth

Green the Peugeot 207 GTi ain't, but this hot hatch wears its boy-racer credentials with subtlety. Sathnam Sanghera reports.

Insincerity is an inevitable part of the management game. It's impossible to like everyone you work with and for. You can't believe all the corporate blather you're required to spout. And the Peugeot 207 GTi provides a way of extending that disingenuousness into the car park.

For although it is small and therefore, according to accepted corporate thinking, environmentally friendly, a brief glance at its press pack tells you it's surreptitiously a performance car. It offers 175 bhp of power. It has something called 'overboost', which boosts torque from 180 to 195 lb ft on full throttle in third, fourth and fifth gears. And it will hit 60 in a nifty seven seconds.

Not that the concepts of piddly size and performance have ever been separated in the minds of British boy racers. The hot hatch has so much been the joy-rider's stolen car of choice that it has effectively been nicked off the streets. But the 207 GTi marks an admirable attempt by the French carmaker to reincarnate the spirit of one of the most glorious of superminis, the 205 GTi.

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