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French GTI unveiled

By SYF77 on 24 May 2010

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Peugeot has pulled the curtains of the 308 GTI and it has been more than 10 years since the French marquee brought out a GTI in this class of vehicle.

The Peugeot 308 GTi will be powered by the same 1.6 litre THP, 200ps engine that will be featured in the RCZ coupe model, making it a credible competitor to the VW Golf GTI, which pumps out 211ps. The THP engine which is fitted with a twin-Scroll turbocharger and a high pressure direct-injection system with Variable valve and timing injection technology, produces 275 Nm of torque. It come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 7.7 seconds while fuel consumption is rated at 6.9 liters/100 km and CO2 emission is 159 g/km.

A sound system technology has also been employed to make sure the engine rumble provides for just the right sporty sound that customers will be looking for. The GTI’s front MacPherson suspension gets larger bearings with specific damper settings as compared to the standard 308. The rear torsion beam suspension will receive the same damper treatment.

On the outside are 18-inch wheels with 225/40 R18 tires, a rear spoiler, a lowered rear bumper fitted to a black (Perla Nera) diffuser and dual chrome exhaust pipes. The front fascia also gets a lowering panel borrowed from the 308 CC and a carbon-style insert beneath the front bumper.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Jamesgetz May 24 2010 09:19 PM
'credible competitor' to the Golf GTi ?!!! it will lose outright in a straight dash (6.9s for Golf GTi century sprint). in terms of road handling, i doubt its rear torsion beam is gonna do it any good. combined with the 308 chassis which isn't meant for sports /road handling performance, i think peugeot is throwing $ down the drain again unless they can price it real cheap and make it a budget GTi
Quirky_ster May 25 2010 02:17 PM
It is about total experience rather than mere spec that will differentiate the better gti.

Full fun factor still goes to Cooper s I think. But this gti is the perfect balance of pretty face with brains
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