Peugeot previews the 308 GTi

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D3---MIAS-Peugeot20160412Eurobrands Distributor, Inc. (EDI), the official Philippine distributor of Peugeot, previewed on Apr. 7 the high-performance version of its 308 hatchback, the 308 GTi 270, at the 2016 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).

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Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, direct-injection, inline-4 THP engine with Stop&Start (S&S) technology producing 270 hp, which is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. This enables the GTi 270 to get from 0 to 100 kph 6.0 s with an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph.

To help harness this power around corners, the 270 GTi comes standard with a Torsen limited-slip differential. It is also equipped with 19-inch ‘Carbone’ lightweight alloy wheels shod with the latest Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. Stopping power comes from 380-millimeter ventilated front brake discs with solid-red four-piston Peugeot Sport signature calipers.

The 308 GTi is likewise 11mm lower to the ground than its siblings, which were introduced locally in November 2015. The exterior features lower front and rear air dams, as well as large-diameter dual-exhaust pipes with a diffuser. The 308 GTi 270 showcased at MIAS has the model-exclusive ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone paint scheme, contrasting Ultimate Red with Nera Black.

The interior has subtly revised from regular 308s with door sills that carry the Peugeot Sport and GTi signature, while the foot pedals, footrest and gear knob are finished in aluminum. Red stitching is also used on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and premium floor mats. The GTi 270 features Peugeot Sport race-inspired seats, upholstered in leather effect and Alcantara, which provide enhanced lateral support.

Meanwhile, the compact steering wheel features full-grain leather with a GTi logo at the base and a red centring mark at the top. The heads-up display gets a checkered backdrop, while a 9.7-inch infotainment touchscreen forms a seamless part of the center console, with its Redline theme adding a final touch of flair to the interior.

Standard equipment on the 308 GTi 270 is the Driver Sport Pack, which allows owners to increase the vehicle’s responsiveness by pressing the Sport button on the center console. This also switches the display color from white to red, shows additional information on the central read-out, enhances engine noise and changes the accelerator-pedal mapping. Also standard is red ‘Peugeot’ lettering on the grille, sports side skirts, full LED headlamps, front LED sequential indicators, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors and Peugeot Open & Go (keyless entry and push button start).

In an interview with Fast Times, EDI marketing and communications director Dong Magsajo said the 308 GTi 270 shown at MIAS was brought in specifically for the show and is the first 308 GTi in Asia. He said although prices have yet to be finalized, the 308 GTi 270 may become available in the country as indent order, depending on customer feedback.

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