Peugeot 308 GTi breaks cover ahead of Goodwood debut

French carmaker Peugeot has unveiled a new hot hatch that offers owners varying degrees of heat and that is focused on real-world roads rather than track-day performance.
By : AFP
| Updated on: 22 Jun 2015, 12:25 PM
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French carmaker Peugeot has unveiled a new hot hatch that offers owners varying degrees of heat and that is focused on real-world roads rather than track-day performance.

A year in development at Peugeot Sport, the company's dedicated performance division, the 308 GTi is propelled forwards by a potent yet frugal a 1.6-liter engine.

It's capable of delivering best-in-class economy figures of 47.1 mpg (6l/100km), whether specified with 247bhp or 286bhp on tap.

Plump for the less potent engine and the car can still go from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds while the more powerful unit trims 0.2 seconds off that sprint. However, as well as being slightly quicker off the line, the 286bhp version also has a limited slip deferential for ensuring that torque-steer is limited and that there is always grip in the corners. Also keeping the show on the road is electronic steering and a reworked traction control system that gives the driver some lateral freedom before kicking in and spoiling the fun.

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The car will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25 and is expected to go on sale in Europe from September.

First Published Date: 19 Jun 2015, 12:52 PM IST
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