Hot new Peugeot hatch unveiled

A hot new Peugeot hatchback was unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show. This new top of the range model will be powered by a 1.6 litre turbo-charged THP 175 bhp petrol engine, matched to a new six-speed manual gearbox. The result of collaboration between BMW and Peugeot, the engine was first fitted to the 207, subsequently the Mini and won an International Engine of the Year Award 2007. The 1.6 litre turbo-charged petrol engine develops a maximum power of 175 bhp at 6000 rpm, but is characterised mainly by its generous torque output. With a maximum torque output of 180 lb ft (or 195 lb ft with over boost) at only 1600 rpm, the engine provides excellent in-gear acceleration and levels of driveability normally associated with a larger capacity engine. Higher performance This new engine provides the 308 with higher performance levels while, at the same time, providing a combined fuel consumption of 7.6 litres / 100 km in the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 180 g/km, 10 percent less than those of the previous 307 2.0 litre Feline 180 bhp. To match the dynamic nature of the engine, the exterior of the vehicle benefits from a number of cosmetic changes, to include a lower front bumper panel, rear spoiler and a reduced overall ride height. Inside, the interior gains an aluminium gear knob and foot pedals and a new steering wheel design. The 308 GT THP 175 will be available to special order in Ireland this summer and more information concerning specification and prices will be announced nearer the launch date.