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Well, this is really, really depressing. It seems like the much-awaited Peugeot 308 GTi, the one that we featured earlier today, will not be making its way to Malaysian shores. Nasim, the official distributor of Peugeot vehicles in Malaysia, has just told paultan.org as such.

Why not? Nasim cites fuel compatibility issues with the hot hatch’s engine. The highly-tuned 1.6 litre turbocharged engine makes 250 hp and 330 Nm of torque in base trim, and up to 270 hp for the top variant. With such high numbers from a small motor, it will require RON 98 fuel, which we don’t get, claims Nasim. The RCZ R, running the same engine tune, is not available here for the same reason too.

Another factor is the relatively small demand for such a car. Yes, you and I might jump at the thought of a 250/270 hp hot hatch with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the numbers will remain too small to justify a market introduction, says Nasim. Looks like we’ll have to be content with the standard 150 hp 308 THP and the 200 hp 208 GTi.