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By Ben Pulman
18 April 2008 18:49
The Peugeot 308 GT THP 175 is only a warm hatch, according to Peugeot. The pre-launch press conference was all about managing our expectations, telling us that the GT was meant to be dynamic but also allow you to cover 1000 miles without getting a bad back.
But Peugeot needn’t had worried, because this 308 is really rather good, thanks mostly to a slick new six-speed gearbox and a 1.6-litre turbo engine shared with the Mini Cooper S.
All the typical go-faster goodies are present and correct. That means uprated dampers, 35 percent stiffer springs, and suspension lowered by 10mm. Peugeot claims that this has dropped the GT’s centre off gravity by 10mm.
On the outside you get a RC Z concept-inspired front bumper, a rear spoiler that apparently produces downforce, a ‘diffuser’ and 18-inch wheels. In white, and in three-door form it looks very good indeed. In red and with five doors (like our pictures) it’s smart but not quite there, especially as the stylish red rear lights no longer stand out.
Inside you get an aluminium gearknob and pedals, plus a new steering wheel.
Yes, but with a but. There are a few issues with the 308 GT, so let’s get them out of the way first. In co-developing the 1.6-litre engine with BMW, Peugeot’s engineers seem to have taken a leaf out of the Bavarian’s M Division and fallen in love with thick steering wheels. The wheel is also a little too wide. If only the company has stuck with the standard steering wheel for the 308, as that’s pretty good already.
The aluminium pedals are also too far apart and the accelerator too high for any sort of heel ‘n’ toe action. But the 308 GT has a turbocharged engine so keeping it at 6000rpm isn’t the key to making good progress.
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That has to be one of the most hideous cars I've seen in a while - Peugeot should be ashamed of themselves, and the designer responsible taken outside and shot.
22 April 2008 07:40
"This is they're performace orientated 308 derivative" Er... no. Other C-segment hatchbacks also have warm versions (170 to 190hp). A real 308 RC would need a 2.0-liter 220hp engine, and a severe weight reduction regime too. I'm surprised by these new small tanks, especially the French ones (307, 407, C5). New cars should follow the example of the Mazda 2.
20 April 2008 01:52
They're right you know..
Fat, ugly, unnecessarily big cars are not good Ben, listen to your public and step away from official car releases....
19 April 2008 13:14
"Looks very good indeed..."
....Ben, what's your comparison? It's got a gormless, grinning grille seemingly wearing traintrack braces, and an arse that Vanessa Felz would be ashamed of. This is Peugeots spiritual successor to the 205 & 306 gti's, wow. No matter how much they try and say retrospectively at the launch, this is they're performace orientated 308 derivative, and it's a lame effort, face it! Does anyone else think that Car's online reviews are increasingly about sucking up to manufacturers, it's starting to feel like (I imagine) how Auto Express's online reviews would be.
19 April 2008 12:00
Earth to Ben - 2
Ben, I'm really worried about you now. No - seriously. Are you hearing voices? Do you wake up muttering incoherently about lions?. Have you developed an inexplicible crush on Jade Goody? You have to stop doing this to yourself, Ben. No more Peugeot launches until you're over this - okay?
18 April 2008 22:18
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