The most powerful variant of the Peugeot 308 will be unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show next month, and it will be based on the 3-door Peugeot 308 body style. The Peugeot 308 GT THP 175 is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, the same one found in BMW’s MINI Cooper S.
While its lesser 5-door 308 GT THP 150 sibling can be mated to a 4 speed auto, and the same engine in the Cooper S has a ZF 6-speed auto, the Peugeot 308 GT THP 175 is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. This will be the second Peugeot with the 1.6 turbo in a 175 horses state of tune, with the first being the 207 GTi THP 175.
You can say that the new GT THP 175 is the spiritual successor to the 177 PS 2.0 litre Peugeot 307 FÃ©line 180. The new car is only 0.1 seconds slower to 100km/h at 8.3 seconds, but goes on to a higher top speed of 225km/h compared to the 307 180’s 220km/h. It is also more fuel economical at 37.1 mpg combined, compared to the 307’s 33.6 mpg combined, as well as less polluting at 180 g/km CO2 compared to the 200 g/km CO2 of the outgoing hot hatch 307.