Peugeot 308 GTi Could Have as Much as 250 HP

The GTi brand is essential for Peugeot's revival. After all, heritage has to play a part when you're battling affordable Korean and Japanese cars. The 208 GTi is a decent machine, but Peugeot needs to show it really means business in the compact segment, where the true speed machines are found.
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The 308 GTi has been spotted on a number of occasions, but we were underwhelmed by the blandness of the prototypes, which had none of the flare of its rivals. Since Peugeot also revealed plans for a more powerful 308 R by showing a concept in Frankfurt, we naturally thought the GTi would be a warm hatch with only 200 hp, standard output for the 1.6 THP.

But Top Gear has learned this might not actually be the case. Speaking to Peugeot's Christophe Valet they learned the car could have around 250 bhp. The French engineers have not yet decided what to do with the car, where it's going to fit into the market.

Valet did, however, reveal the car will have beefier anti-roll bars, larger shocks and stiffer springs and dampers, together with better brakes and larger alloy wheels.

He also said Peugeot might do something similar to the Megane RS, which has both a standard setup and a Cup version with less equipment and an LSD.
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