Peugeot 308 GTi 270
Craig Jamieson tested on the road and evaluated the Peugeot 308 GTi 270 with specifications and judgment.
The car heads and purists felt that it was hard to ponder the Peugeots without defaulting to the reserved memory, crying about the good old days.
There is a trophy honored over time in history, often beginning with 504 invincible and ending with the holy grail of hot hats, 205 GTi.
Then, of course, began the passion for the recent love of anything that stirred up from afar. Finally, we get the recent – and quite remarkable revival – of all the people who made Peugeot from the beginning.
This brings us to 308 GTi 270, a hot hatch, good enough to get old fans back and make completely new fans out of the most skeptical.
The term ‘spiritual successor’ is bandaged in these cases, so be perfectly clear: the GTi 270 is not one, at least not for any Peugeot.
So what is it?
There is no denying that the 308 GTi 270 is a handsome little dog, does not fall into either the trap of excessive conservativeism or the overgrowth of style. An outstanding exception is two-tone paintjob. It is exclusive of the GTi 270 – itself has a 5000 dollar hip pocket compared to the GTi 250 – and costs more than $ 4700, simply insane.
That does not mean that 270 itself is not worthy of the excess money, with racing brakes from supplier V8 Alcon supercar, a mechanical limited-slip differential and extremely sticky road racing rubber.
Yes, as tested, the price of scratching is very close to the $ 60,000 mark but think about things differently and it makes a lot more sense.
About 10 years ago, when money was more valuable (asking a bank employee) and ‘YOLO’ was not a thing, Alfa Romeo sold its 184kW, 300Nm 147 GTA hot capacity for $ 60,000 optional. . Adjust for inflation and that pushes $ 78,000 today.
Under that measure, a hot hatch with 200kW and 330Nm for $ 50,000 (if you give up the silly painting) seems like a good improvement, if not a quantum leap.
As the impetus increased, GTi 270 separated from blooming to licensed shredding animals.
The bad news, at least for Peugeot, is that there is no shortage of candidates who have made that leap. We live in the golden age of hot hatches, with super-powerful and extremely powerful hatchbacks – powered by Ford, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, and Peugeot’s return at risk Just a ripple in the tidal wave.
But the 308 GTi 270 is unique in at least one problem – in which its opponents need at least two two-liter engines to achieve the output capacity according to the stratosphere they achieve, Peugeot uses turbo engines. 1.6 liter is like the previous generation Mini Cooper. Although it may seem strange at first, it is a joint venture between PSA, which owns Peugeot and BMW.
It had more than a small job done by the boffin at Peugeot to help it generate 200kW, such as forged aluminum pistons, polymer-coated bearings and reinforced connecting rods.
Back to town
Within the confines of the concrete forest, you will not be able to recognize which bits are forged or polymer coated, but you will hardly miss Peugeot’s largest cash card: a large turbine capable of drilling 2.5 bar (36 PSI) pressure on the specially enhanced engine. As the impetus increased, GTi 270 separated from blooming to licensed shredding animals.
Everything should be noticed in a hot tunnel, that is – be it brake, ride, handle, agile or power up.
This does not mean that it will spin and bite, however; It’s just that when you’re really behind the traffic gap, you’ll wonder why the scene is dimmed. For such a dedicated hatch (two-tone color though), it can really pile up on speed.
The ride is definitely within the limits of comfort in town; It was never too harsh, but it was certainly solid. However, when partnered with the GTi 270’s hard bucket seat, it could create a slightly square derriere (although I should admit there was quite a bit of trash in my trunk).
On the road
The open highway is where the 308 GTi 270 reveals the best features and its largest parts. Everything should be noticed in a hot tunnel, that is – be it brake, ride, handle, agile or power up.
You will need a separate track – and, most likely, Ayrton Senna’s driving talent – to see any shortcomings with the settings of the GTi 270.
The GTi 270 is not perfect, but it doesn’t deserve the patronage ‘it’s coming’ often applied to Peugeot when it finds its way back from dark days.
It is more than a comfortable and practical hatchback with an evil speed. It was more than a shot through Volkswagen’s nose. With some serious technology, such as mechanical limited-slip differentials, four-pot racing brakes and giant 380mm propellers, it’s the inheritance of the wild child’s spirit with the primitive cat among the dove, Alfa Romeo 147 GTA.