Some motor racing fans believe that the new Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport It comes rather late in the fight of the compact segment sports, where as enshrined cars and great quality Renault Megane as R.S. Trophy (275 hp), the Seat Leon Cupra (265 and 280 hp), the Honda Civic Type R (310 hp), the Ford Focus ST (250 hp) and Volkswagen Golf GTI (220-230 hp) and Golf R ( 300 hp) form a rival militant and many army weapons in their favor. Its launch is scheduled for the end of October, but before we have been able to drive it.
A motor, two versions
The engine gasoline direct injection turbocharged 1.6 THP, 208 drives the GTi and the RCZ R, it is the propellant has chosen Peugeot Sport development of new 308 GTi. In some markets, drivers can choose it in two power levels: 250 and 272 hp. It was the latter that had the honor of briefly squeeze.
He Sport mode Chassis Configuration (Also involved in the response motor, of the change and of the address) It is the ideal place to bring out aggressiveness and true sportsmanship of a GTi with the seal of Peugeot Sport. When activated by a button operation Turbo gives us a more overwhelming sound while the engine turns up more cheerfully. The limit is up and you can squeeze the 1.6 liters until 6,500 rpm, when the automatic limiter automatically intervenes.
this version 308 GTi 272 hp It has significant differences with respect to 250 hp. First, highlight the incorporation of limited slip differential front axle (type Torsen and associated with specific settings electric steering and traction control), lighter wheels 19 inches (each weighing 2 kg less than the 18-inch version 250 hp), Michelin Super Sport tires (Instead of a Michelin Pilot Sport) and brake discs larger front and composite (380 mm diameter instead of about 330 mm). For its part, the clamps acting on these discs are fixed, four piston and are painted in the color that best reflects the sporting passion, red.
Operation six-speed manual gearbox 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport It is expected in a car of this nature: accurate, fast and without hesitation. Unlike, for example, the Leon Cupra and Golf GTI, Peugeot car initially only available with a manual six-speed gearbox (compared to dual-clutch DSG Lion and Golf).
By chassis tuning, that is, by the interaction between the steering and suspension initially 308 GTi 2016 high bay as our first impressions. Behavioral and 'feeling' reminds us much to Mégane R.S., a reference in this competitive segment dynamism, effectiveness and agility.
Initial performance put it in a similar position against its rivals, although the 6.0 seconds it takes to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h It is a figure somewhat slower than the Mégane RS, the León Cupra and the Golf R, and faster than the Focus ST and Golf GTI.
The bi-color body our test unit, interesting, modern and technological i-cockpit interior, where red passion is reinforced by many subtle insertions, aggressive alloy and, of course, various GTi logos present both outside and inside bring a lot of personality to Peugeot 308 GTi by Sport, a complete car that offers a great balance between pleasure of use for day to day as a vehicle for passionate driving pleasure.