Peugeot's spunky turbo-charged 308 GT out!
( WorldCarFans )- Peugeot will display the latest member of its feisty feline ancestry when the new 308 GT THP 175 breaks cover. Along with the 308 SW, Peugeot's letting a different kettle of cat out their bags.
Power is motivated by a 1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol motor, the same one that performs its duties in a few other Peugeot as well as MINI models. And contrary to popular belief, the engine itself was designed and developed by BMW, while Peugeot provided the production muscle to mass-produce the units.
The plant itself is good for some 175 bhp/ 130.5kW and 180 lb ft of torque, as the name so subtly refers. Fitted alongside this as a mate ,is a new 6-speed manual gearbox. Together they allow the car to move from zero to 62 mph in 8.3 seconds, with a top end of 140 mph. Combined fuel consumption is 37.1 mpg.
Exterior also got some work done. Included on this list is the new front bumper panel as well as the rear spoiler which reduce the car's overall ride height. What other French feline models will be at the Geneva Motor Show will unfold as time goes on.
Peugeot will unveil two new 308 models at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the innovative and practical 308 SW and the dynamic 308 GT THP 175.
This new top of the range petrol model will be powered by the 1.6 litre turbo-charged THP 175 bhp petrol engine, previously found in the 207 GTi THP 175. It is also fitted with a new 6-speed manual gearbox.
To match the dynamic nature of the engine, the exterior of the vehicle benefits from a number of cosmetic changes. The lower front bumper panel has a unique appearance which is combined with a rear spoiler and a reduced overall ride height.
Inside, the interior gains an aluminium gear knob and foot pedals and a new steering wheel design.
Designed in co-operation with the BMW Group, the 1.6 litre turbo-charged petrol engine develops a maximum power of 175 bhp at 6000 rpm but is characterised mainly by its generous torque output. With a maximum torque output of 180 lb ft (or 195 lb ft with overboost) at only 1600 rpm, the engine provides excellent in-gear acceleration and levels of driveability normally associated with a larger capacity engine.
This new engine provides the 308 with higher performance levels while, at the same time, providing a combined fuel consumption of 37.1 mpg and CO_2 emissions of 180 g/km, 10% less than those of the 307 2.0 litre Feline 180.
The 308 GT THP 175 will go on sale in the UK in April and more information concerning specification and prices will be announced nearer the launch date.