Hot hatches are supposed to be fun, right – after all, what’s more comical than stuffing an engine with plenty of power into the smallest car possible and mating it to a good ol’ manual transmission for maximum driver involvement? With those ingredients in mind, the folks at Peugeot Sport have decided to release a minute-plus video detailing the joys of driving the 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi.

Except in this case, they decided to shun the usual assortment of showing clips of the car speeding through the countryside and so on and so forth. For this particular video, titled ‘Push the Limits’, the 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi is pictured racing through a more urban setting.

Away from a bunch of crooks. With a monkey seated inside said Pug. Yes, you read that right. For reasons that continue to elude us, the entire video shows the driver of the 308 GTi outrunning a bunch of baddies – which they do eventually – with his pet monkey seated beside him. Now, one might figure the video ends there but instead, the trouble-seeking duo decide to ruffle up another gang of thugs for another car chase.


Pushing the limits of a gangster’s patience, perhaps? Whatever the reason may be, the video concludes with the duo pulling away from the latter group – and pull away they will as the Peugeot 308 GTi is powered by a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine with 250 hp and 330 Nm of torque. For an even quicker getaway, the hatch is available with more power, 270 hp to be precise.

Power gets diverted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission with the century sprint done and dusted in 6.2 seconds – the more powerful variant stops the clock in six seconds dead. Top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h. Opting for the 270 hp model also nets you a a Torsen limited-slip differential and 380 mm carbon front disc brakes, clamped down by four-piston callipers.

Unfortunately, Malaysian motorists wanting to outrun a bunch of road bullies – not that we condone such behaviour in the first place – will have to plonk their money elsewhere as Nasim, the official distributor of Peugeot cars in Malaysia, has confirmed that the hot hatch will not be introduced into the country. Why? Apparently, Nasim cites fuel compatibility issues as the main reason – the mill requires 98 RON fuel.