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Peugeot 308 GTi set to take on that other GTI

13.10.2015

THE French are building some pretty good cars lately. They not only ooze with style but they seem to be good from a driver’s point of view, as well. They are fast becoming an appealing alternative to the more clinical German offerings. Peugeot reckons that it has a car worthy of being held in the same regard as the ever impressive hot hatches that are coming out of Germany. Does the new 308 GTi have what it takes? Well, let’s find out.

Hot hatch styling:

Let’s get the issue of colour out of the way first. The 308 GTi has been showcased featuring a two-tone colour design, known as the Coupe Franche separation-line design. The featured colours are: ultimate red and Perla Nera black. The French carmaker says this colour combination captures the nature of the new 308 GTi. We would have liked it to be one solid colour but it is unique. As for the overall design, the Peugeot 308 is inherently sleek and clean. The Peugeot 308 GTi asserts a style infused with simplicity but which is impressively effective. The car adopts a striking stance, sitting 11 millimetres lower to the ground on large 19-inch Carbone 19 wheels.

Inside the 308 GTi, the styling is perfectly matched with the outside and is unabashedly sporty, with an anthracite-style feel right up to the roof. Red stitching features on the dashboard, upholstery, door panels, gear lever and high-end floor mats. The doorsill also carries the Peugeot Sport and GTi signature and is in aluminium, as are the pedals, foot rest and gear knob.

Hot hatch performance:

The GTi benefits from the relentless quest for weight-savings involved in the 308 design. Drawing on its unparalleled competition experience, Peugeot Sport is a division devoted exclusively to developing the brand's most high-performance models. Team engineers used their expertise to create the ultimate driving experience behind the wheel of the Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

To fully tap the potential of the chassis, the Peugeot 308 GTi houses a 1.6-litre THP S&S engine that comes in two versions: 184kW and 200kW with 300Nm of torque. The 308 GTi also sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment and completes the 0-100km/h run in just six seconds.

To feed sufficient air into the power plant to meet needs in terms of volume and temperature, the 308 GTi is equipped with a supercharged air cooling system specially developed and installed below the bumper. At the engine outlet, exhaust gasses are expelled more effectively by an entirely revamped system, from the catalytic converter to the two tailpipes.

Availability is South Africa?

We are not yet sure when the Peugeot 308 GTi is set to arrive on our shores but we presume that it will be early next year as the international launch just took place. We are looking forward to seeing how all these impressive figures translate to actual driving characteristics. Does this GTi have what it takes to topple that other GTI? We hope to find out soon.

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Article written by Autodealer
13.10.2015
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