Peugeot 308 GTI – Overview
The new Peugeot 308 is undeniably one of the sharpest-looking hatchbacks ever due in our shores aside from its competitors. Reviving the legendary GTi nameplate, Peugeot 308 GTi was introduced to restore the brand’s once legendary reputation among petrolheads. Though they were once known for their playful handling, the 2020 release of the GTi was stated to be even more fun and exciting.
For some unknown reasons, Peugeot is not a brand that’s too popular here in Malaysia. But over in the Western side of the world, the French marque still holds some prestige in the hot hatch market – thanks to its GTi models, starting from the Peugeot 205 GTi way back in the 80s.
The Peugeot 308 GTi is the hot hatch version of the French firm’s small family car. It is an alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI that comes with a minimalist cabin and a spacious boot, as well as a surprisingly powerful little engine. The 308 GTI is an enjoyable thing, but it might be competitive against its rival in the same class honours, – the established VW Golf GTI and young upstarts like the Hyundai i30N.
Fettled by Peugeot’s motorsport division Peugeot Sport in developing the car, it gets the powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine from the RCZ R model. Not to mention, the significantly lower suspension and uprated brakes, plus a Torsen limited-slip differential promised to improve more traction.
Talking about the local market, Peugeot Malaysia had released two trims of its 308 line up – namely the 1.6L THP for RM 129,888 and the 1.6L GTi for RM 199,888. Malaysia is the only country in the region that gets this powerful GTi version, while other countries get 250bhp.