Lion clawing for Golf GTI

Saarbrücken, June 19, 2015

Since the first VW Golf GTI which at that time still sparse compact class has stirred up, honing the competition at opponents. Over the years, quite a lot have come together, under which the current Golf GTI looks PS moderately almost pale: His maximum of 230 horsepower available in 250 hp Ford Focus ST over, topped by 265 hp in the Renault Mégane RS and 280 hp in the Seat Leon Cupra. As an enemy in his own bed occurs on the 300 hp Golf R and the Honda Civic Type R makes even 310 hp.

1.6 - liter turbo with 270 hp from the RCZ R

Now Peugeot wants to conquer the 308 GTi class. For this he receives the already known from the sports coupe RCZ R 1.6 - liter turbo that lets it rip with juicy neat 270 hp. The strongest 308 could make the Golf GTI really scared. The Peugeot runs in 6.0 seconds from zero to 100, the VW GTI with 230 hp is four tenths slower. One reason is that the German about 180 kilos heavier than the Frenchman. This weighs just over 1,200 kilos and thus provides a power to weight ratio of 4.46 kg / hp, the Golf comes to 6.0 kg / hp.

Tailgate composite

Thus, the raging lion not only fast running straight, but curves can, had bodywork and chassis again strong knife. The overall development of the team " Peugeot Sport " has taken over, therefore is also the official ( way too long ) name " 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport ". The body has been lowered by eleven millimeters. When hunting excess pounds a tailgate composite and high-strength steel was used. In addition, the 308 GTi gets very lightweight 19-inch wheels. Fronts help 380-millimeter brake discs with red calipers when stopping, rear discs are 268 millimeters in size. The chassis has been redesigned: spring rate and damper settings have been adjusted according to Peugeot noticeably towards sports.

Torsen differential

Ins gear a Torsen limited slip differential has been integrated. It should provide for higher corner speed by the torque is transferred to the wheel with the best grip. For earlier are accelerating out of the bend. In addition, you have the steering set direct and coordinated the new ESP ?? it should now be possible even controlled drifts.

Aggressive two-color look

The 308 GTi takes his adversaries in a similar outfit. Front and rear are designed aggressively, full LED headlights shine in the night. Large air intakes and a black barred grille have frontward direction on the powerful engine behind it. In the fall side sill extensions on ?? and of course the two colors in red and black. This combination has been around the special model 208 GTi 30th where it leads to a lot of attention.

Recaros for driver and passenger

The fact that the interior is similarly granted in athletic, the most important thing goes almost without saying. Here are Recaro bucket seats for driver and front passenger. But innovation is a compact steering wheel with leather upholstery and 12 - clock - mark. Moreover, there are red topstitching in the otherwise black interior, piano lacquer and places Alcantara upholstery. And of course also gadgets like the Sports Pack can not be missing: By pressing a sport button changes color in the instrument panel changes from white to red, the central instrument power, torque, boost pressure, lateral and longitudinal acceleration are displayed, the engine sound is more present and the machine takes more quickly to gas.

Version with 250 hp

The GTI will also be offered in a further power stage with 250 hp. The weaker engine delivers a maximum torque of 330 Newton meters. In conjunction with the enhanced six-speed manual, the 308 GTi sprints so in 6.2 seconds from zero to 100. Unlike the 270 he PS version, however, only 330-millimeter front brake disks and 18 - inch wheels. The throttled version will not be available in Germany.

Shown at the IAA 2015

The 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is on the auto show, the IAA in Frankfurt ( September 17 to 27 2015) have its motor show debut, the first time to experience live it is to be seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​end in June 2015. What will it cost, is still unknown ?? We expect about 30,000 euros. The VW Golf GTI Performance is to have from 30,400 euros . ( hd )