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Peugeot at the London motor show 2008

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter SandyT

Motor Shows

24 July 2008 10:29

Pride of place might have gone to the UK unveil of the RCZ concept but a scissor-door Irmscher 207 GTi was the real surprise on the Peugeot stand.

The 207 GTi by Irmscher is a study of how far a highly tricked-out production Peugeot could look. It’s no clunky concept either. The amazing scissor doors are damped wonderfully and shut beautifully, the interior has been tastefully dressed in two-tone red and black soft leather and the sculpted two-tone alloy wheels genuinely look cool.

The front of Irmscher to equip a 207 with scissor doors has to be admired. Those doors and the other changes are ready for a limited production run too pending Peugeot giving Irmscher the green light to sell the variant through its dealers. Peugeot is officially “monitoring interest” right now but there is the precedent of a limited production-run 4007 by Irmscher already on sale offering more than £2000 worth of extra kit for only a £500 higher retail price.

For the UK the RCZ concept – set for production in 2010 – is the mainstream news but our guilty pleasure is definitely the scissor-door 207 GTi.

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By Guy Bird and CAR reader reporter SandyT