Not that the essential Peugeot 308 is in any capacity energizing. It’s a traditional hatchback that is sold in Europe (and some other non-U.S. markets) as a marginally dull adversary to the Ford Focus and the VW Golf. Preceding the landing of the GTi, the most fascinating thing about the 308 was the actuality its tachometer needle moves in reverse, following a counterclockwise circular segment in Gallic insubordination of basically every other auto on the planet.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 Interior
The GTi 270, then again, is unquestionably intriguing. Its official name is Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport, a cumbersome sign that the organization’s motorsports division has been accused of conveying something more exciting than the armies of dull GTis that took after the excellent ’80s and ’90s variants. This may trigger desires that it will be a swung up-to-11 rally reproduction, however it isn’t so much that.
Outwardly, the GTi 270 is downplayed to the point of reactionary conservatism, as inconspicuous as French antiperspirant. That is, unless you indicate the compellingly distraught alternative of the Coupe Franche paint, a corner to corner split two-condition that makes it look as though the front of a red 308 GTi 270 has been welded to the back of a dark one. In a more conventional single-shading plan, it’s recognized from the essential 308 just by an unobtrusive body pack and 19-inch wheels. Draw near and you see that these wheels conceal endless brake rotors, grasped by genuine looking Alcon calipers at the front. Yet beside be-winged beasts like the Euro-spec Honda Civic Type R, it’s downplayed to the point of acting naturally destroying.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 engine
Yet there’s no absence of capability. The motor is an intensely changed form of the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-chamber that, as a PSA-BMW joint endeavor, controlled the past era Mini Cooper S. The GTi 270’s motor has fashioned Mahle cylinders and grinding lessening polymer-covered direction helping it to create 266 drive at 6000 rpm. Force goes to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and a Torsen restricted slip differential. Sticky Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires give the interface the asphalt. Material science is on the GTi’s side, as well, with an astonishingly svelte check weight of approximately 2700 pounds giving it an energy to-weight proportion that is just about comparable to the Civic Type R’s.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 Engine
Progressively, the 308 GTi 270 has the kind of split identity that would make Robert Louis Stephenson think about composing as a Gothic awfulness story. The main amazement is the driving position, an evident affirmation that the gorilla that used to characterize the confined ergonomics of Italian autos has crossed the Alps. The instruments are little and introduced to be halfway darkened where most drivers position the guiding wheel, the footwell is confined, and normal size legs are squeezed uncomfortably against the middle console.
Drive the 308 delicately and it feels as you envision a French auto ought to. The motor has perceptible slack down low — you’re never in any uncertainty that the four-banger is little and profoundly supported. In any case, the ride is stunningly flexible over broken surfaces. The gearshift has a long toss, and the brakes have extremely liberal help. It’s a decent, all around protected buddy at urban velocities, yet not at all like hard-edged opponents like the Civic Type R and the Renault Mégane R.S. 275, there’s no feeling of a sneaking brute; it feels like a partially firmer rendition of the standard rental-spec 308.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 in the road look
Up the pace, however, and the GTi 270 all of a sudden finds a reality of reason rather than its laid-back ordinary aura. Once the turbo is turning and conveying near its top help, there’s not kidding push the distance to the limiter. Hold levels are high, and the front differential benefits a vocation of both conveying footing and keeping the front end in line without making it feel as though war has broken out at the front hub. In any case, the directing conveys the genuine disclosure. Some forceful suspension-geometry changes have conveyed both snappy turn-in and honest to goodness criticism through the electric help. The throttle reaction is pretty much as fresh, and despite the fact that the GTi 270 doesn’t oversteer like the most entertaining of its 1980s antecedents, it trims and tucks its cornering line wonderfully in light of the gas pedal.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270 Exterior
The brakes are just as great. It requires some investment to get used to the abnormal amounts of help, and the tight footwell frustrates most endeavors at heel-and-toe rev coordinating, however the motorsport-evaluation brakes give indefatigable impediment. Indeed, even on a test course that included both a mountain pass and some unchaperoned beating around the Braga race circuit in Portugal, we didn’t encounter an indication of blur.
It bodes well for the Peugeot 308 GTi 270 to furrow its own wrinkle. In Europe, the 250 or more hp hatchback portion is pressed to the immersion point. Notwithstanding the recognizable Golf R and Audi S3, there are—in no specific request—the SEAT Leon Cupra, Honda Civic Type R, Opel Astra OPC, Renault Mégane R.S. 275, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, and BMW M135i. There’s something convincing about an auto that talks so delicately however conveys such a major stick, and one that doesn’t trade off its regular ease of use to convey such great execution. Tragically, it will never cross the Atlantic, however in the event that you’re in Europe it’s well worth looking up.