Peugeot Expanding 308 Family With GTi SW Estate

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Fans of hot hatches from decades ago will surely agree with us when we say that the old 205 era GTi has nothing to with what the French car is building right now. But then can you build a hot hatch with a 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine and only 105 hp these days? No.
Peugeot's new way of making GTi cars seems to be adding plenty of chrome trim, leather seats and all the standard goodies you can dream of. The ride is supple and smooth, with most of the engine noise canceled out. The French have already built one GTi model, the 208 supermini, and are now working on two 308 models. There will be a normal hatchback and even a 308 SW estate.

The model will likely have about 240 hp and maybe a little over 300 Nm of torque from a 1.6 THP turbo engine. 0 to 100 km/h should take 7 seconds while the top speed will be about 220 km/h. In a test we showed you earlier today, the RCZ R, with a 270 hp version of that engine, managed to outrun the Megane RS, long believed to be a segment benchmark.

So even if a peugeot hot estate doesn't sound like a good car, it might just be their best GTi yet. The bad news for these plucky French comes from Spain, where SEAT is also working on a hot estate. Their car, the Leon ST Cupra, will have a 265 hp, a 2.0 TSI engine, limited slip diff and will be available with DSG. Sounds like a Euro-estate battle is about to begin.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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