Peugeot NZ launches the new 308 GT and GTi by Peugeot Sport
New 308 GT and GTi unveiled from noted hot hatch producers, Peugeot
Since its 2013 global launch the Peugeot 308 has seen great commercial success worldwide. This success is largely due to the 308’s design, quality, innovative i-Cockpit and the new Puretech engine which took out the 2015 International Engine of the Year.
Today Peugeot New Zealand welcomes two new high performance versions to the 308 range: the dynamic New 308 GT and iconic 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport. These new versions reflect Peugeot’s global move upmarket and embrace Peugeot’s racing heritage.
“The GT and GTi badges have long been synonymous with our history and their return marks a real turning point for the brand”, comments Simon Rose Division Manager for Peugeot New Zealand. He goes on to say, “to have accomplished a record for power to weight ratio on the 270 hp New 308 GTi model is mind boggling and testament to what can be accomplished by developing a high performance chassis and engine tuned in conjunction with the motorsport arm of the business, Peugeot Sport”. “The entire Peugeot dealer network are all extremely excited to have a true performance hot-hatch worthy of the GTi badge back in the business”.
Now available at authorised Peugeot New Zealand dealers, the new Peugeot 308 GT is priced from $49,990 + ORC and the Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport from $58,990 + ORC.
The new 308 GTi has generated great anticipation among enthusiasts aware of Peugeot’s history of hot hatches. From the legendary 205 GTi to the latest 208 GTi and RCZ R, Peugeot has sold its high performance models to over 800,000 customers across the world.
Peugeot Sport, a division devoted exclusively to developing the brand's most high-performance models, used their engineers’ and motorsport expertise to create the 308 GTi with the sole ambition of creating the ultimate driving experience.
The 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport offers drivers a performance tuned 1.6L turbo S&S engine, producing 270 hp (200 kW) coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox, Torsen® limited-slip differential and chassis tuning. The power plant is the most efficient in its category, capping CO2 at 139 g/km or 6.0 L/100km. The 308 GTi sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment, at just 4.46 kg per unit of horsepower, and does 0- 100 kph in a mere 6.0 seconds, covering 1,000 metres from a standing start in 25.3 seconds.
The 308 GT possesses all the strong points of the 308 range while adopting a sportier look. This car is built to be an efficient daily driver that roars into a bundle of fun at the press of a button. The new GT is fitted with a 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine, EAT6 automatic transmission and delivers180 hp (133 kW) at 3750 rpm, with its maximum torque of 400 Nm coming in at just 2000 rpm. With exceptional fuel consumption of just 4.0l /100km (combined), the GT offers superb driving pleasure and efficiency.
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