Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE NEW & ENHANCED PEUGEOT 208 GTI IS NOW IN MALAYSIA




Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, has introduced to the Malaysian market the new (2017 model year) Peugeot 208 GTi. Aside from the usual equipment upgrade and some cosmetic changes, the chage that has made me the happiest is the new engine. 

The new 208 GTi is powered by 208hp 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine, 8hp more than before. It also makes 300 Nm of torque compared to 275 Nm previously. Combined with the same sweet shifting 6-speed manual (yes, a manual) gearbox, the new 208 GTi should be massive fun. 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, 3 seconds quicker and a top speed of 230 km/h.

When I tested the previous 200hp version, I enjoyed it thoroughly and then I basically made it my number #1 choice in my list of junior hot hatchbacks back in 2015 (some of the cars in the list are no longer on sale like the Swift Sport). It is that good in terms of power delivery and outright performance. Back then when I tested the 208 GTi, its 0-100kmh time was already 6.5seconds on average (Peugeot was conservative) and the car was very fun with a very mobile rear end. You can get the famous one wheel off the ground cornering if you are really aggressive with the car. 

When I reviewed it I also mentioned that it was possibly the best overall packaged hot hatch under RM150,000 that money can buy. Worthy of its GTI badging. Now, with even more tweaks towards its performance, things would definitely be better.

The new 208 GTi is now priced at RM143,888 on the road complete with insurance. 

The New Peugeot 208 GTi is available in two exciting colours - Digital White and Rogue Red.

The new 208GTi comes with Nasim’s 5-years Peace of Mind warranty valid for a total of 5 years or up to 120,000 km whichever comes first.

All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty together with Nasim’s 3-years complimentary 24-hour Peugeot Roadside Assistance service, exclusive access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport and Peugeot Privilege membership, all to provide the best ownership experience for its customers.

PRESS RELEASE

NASIM INTRODUCES THE NEW PEUGEOT 208 GTi, RM143,888 OTR.

Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, has introduced to the Malaysian market the new Peugeot 208 GTi.

The legendary Peugeot 208 GTi was first introduced onto Malaysian shores in October 2013. Then, the Peugeot 208 GTi was set to revolutionise the performance hatch segment carrying within it years of expertise, innovation and passion for motor sports. The 200hp sensation became an almost instant hit with the hot hatch enthusiasts making it a successful model for the company.

With its bold lines, dynamic interior and powerful performance, the new 208 GTi will continue to dazzle and demonstrate its character and ambition targeted for discerning individuals with high expectations.

“Since we first introduced the 208 GTi to the Malaysian market in 2013, it has been one of our top sellers hot hatch market in Malaysia. We strongly believe, the new 208 GTi with its new upgraded engine to 208 hp will reinvigorate the sporting passion in the performance hatch segment. Despite the increase in Forex, we have managed to keep the pricing of the new 208 GTi competitive at RM143,888 on the road complete with insurance.” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd.

The new 208 GTi is powered by 208hp 1.6-litre THP (Turbo High Pressure) engine, 8hp more than before and the engine produces 300 Nm of torque, a good 25Nm bump compared to the predecessor. The new 208hp turbo petrol engine block is a sensational machine. Combined with the 6-speed mechanical gearbox, it exploits the chassis’ capacities and makes the new 208 GTi a worthy representative of the Brand’s sporting expertise. This sensational machine has the capability to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, 3 seconds quicker and a top speed of 230 km/h.

The new 208 GTi boasts efficient, dynamic and precise road behaviour, preventing unwanted understeer and oversteer. From the first turns of the wheel, emotion is substantial. With its finely adjusted undercarriage (Pseudo McPherson at the front, torsion beam at the back), the new 208 GTi is agile and precise following the profile of the road and poised to satisfy your emotions.
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The front end of the new 208 GTi is as seductive as it is striking. The new bumper has sharper and more precise line. The wider front grille and its thicker surround are now fully integrated into the bumper. The front face still impresses with Peugeot’s exclusive light signature that consist of LED daytime running lights for indicators and daytime lighting and the rear LED claw effect tail light ensuring good visibility in all conditions makes the new 208 GTi has a keen look that really stands out.

Climb into the Peugeot i-Cockpit for direct sensations and simple gestures. From first contact, you are at one with the car. A totally new experience, the new 208 GTi has been designed around you, the head-up instrument cluster and the compact steering wheel ensure precise steering and an exciting, instinctive and safe drive, without taking your eyes off the road. Ideally positioned, the 7inch colour touchscreen, which comes as standard and has a red and black redline sport theme, gives you access at your fingertips to the navigation system and the different features. This screen has USB port for listening to music or changing your devices, and a Bluetooth connection for making and receiving calls safely.

The seats upholstered in Club Nappa leather with Caro Weave fabric finish. The driving position is further elevated by the full-grain leather steering wheel complete with intuitive controls.

The performance of the new 208 GTi calls for an appropriate braking system. With perforated discs, 302mm diameter at the front and 249mm at the back, the braking system of the new 208 GTi gives you security at any situation. In terms of safety, the new 208GTi is equipped with a comprehensive list of safety features including Stability Control, Traction Control, ABS, EBA and EBFD. It comes with the latest-generation Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which is able to detect the first signs of a sideways skid and helps reduce over steer.

Passive safety features include 6 airbags, front pre-tensioning seatbelts, seatbelt fastening warning system and a collapsible steering column.

The New Peugeot 208 GTi is available in two exciting colours - Digital White and Rogue Red.

The new 208GTi comes with Nasim’s 5-years Peace of Mind warranty valid for a total of 5 years or up to 120,000 km whichever comes first.

All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty together with Nasim’s 3-years complimentary 24-hour Peugeot Roadside Assistance service, exclusive access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport and Peugeot Privilege membership, all to provide the best ownership experience for its customers.

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