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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Full report of Peugeot 308CC launch!!!

Nasim was the first distributors to kick off the brand new year with a launch of the all new Peugeot 308CC on 6th of Jan 2011 at the Bangsar Shopping Center here in the Klang Valley. As I have mentioned on my previous post, the 308CC was equipped with 1.6THP engine with that produce 156hp and a surge of 240Nm of torque from the Prince Engine line up. This massive figures was achieve by utilizing twin scroll turbo chargers, direct injection mated to a six speed Aisin source gearbox with Tiptronic and sport mode. Nasim has claimed the top speed of 212km/h but this is limited by ECU, so if you do fancy a more breath accelerating speed, do drop by to any of your tuner shop where he might tweak the ECU and unleash all the prowess of the lion. Century sprint can be achieved in 9.8 seconds and it only sip 7.7 litres of fuel in 100km distant based on the EU combined cycle drive fuel consumption test.

As I have also mention on my previous post, the 308CC was priced at RM 186,888 which is way below that the indicative price of RM 200,000 on the road with insurance. So far Nasim only provides two shades of colours namely Pearl White with matching Integral Vintage Leather upholstery (interior) and Mocha Brown with Luxury Grey Leather upholstery (interior).

Speaking of leather upholstery interior, I’m quite surprise with the price being offered by Nasim we will get a leather steering wheel, a leather seat and also a leather upholstered dashboard that will surely bring the sense of luxuries to the car. To further pamper the owner of 308CC, the car features a dual zone air conditioning, electric front seat for both front occupants (memory function for driver side only), cruise control, an amazing retractable high resolution 7 inch 16:9 LCD screen, a Piano black centre console and a white background instrument dials. Besides that, the car is also equipped with heated seat for both front seat and also heat airwave on the back of the neck but according to the Peugeot salesperson, the features is not advisable to be use here in Malaysia as we don’t have any chilling weather to really appreciate the features.

ICE wise, there is a CD player/MP3 head unit with Bluetooth connectivity and it is paired to a renowned Hi-Fi manufacturer JBL blasting all 10 speakers with the help of a 240watt amplifier to provide an immense sound ambience for the occupant of the car.

Exterior wise, the car is equipped with a 225/40series 18 inch alloy wheels plus a twin rear diffuser design to inject the sporty appeal to the car. At a first glance, the front end look of the car does make one think that’s a 308 hatchback car, but a deeper focus look of the car will completely amazed yourself with a steeper slope front windscreen, and the body line that flows from the front end of the fender to the rear quarter panel of the car thus portraying the sense of speed and fluidity of the car.

The headlight though is directional xenon with automatic height adjustment and washers with the rear light is furnish with a jewel like effect according to Peugeot by employing the use of LED lights. Being a coupe/cabriolet car is so easy with just a flick of a switch and in 20 seconds, Walla, the two piece electrically retractable hard top roof folds up or down and now you can enjoy your car in whatever situation of your driving preferences. Speaking of the retractable roof, will all the roof up, the boot space of the car was rated a massive 465litres and when the roof are down, the boot only measures a 266 litres of volume. Bear in mind, you have to be really extra cautious when loading or unloading your cargo when the roof is down, as the roof of the car really sit on top of the cargo area, thus a scratches can really ruin your expensive paint job.

In terms of safety, the host a lot of safety features with help of electric system such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS plus EBD, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and also Anti Skid Regulation (ASR). With all the help of this electronic gizmos plus an amazing body design that includes a rear roll over protection system that uses an active extendable aluminum roll over protection bars that can be pop up within 20 milliseconds and also a host of 6 airbags which includes a side head airbags makes this car worthy of a 5-Star Euro NCAP rated vehicles.

In terms of sales, Nasim only project a modest sales of only 100 units of this car, with an average sales of 8 units per month, but things were looking good for Nasim as they already have 15 bookings in their bags and what’s more amazing was the first owner of the car was there during the launch of the 308CC.

So are you having a mid life crisis and wish to spurge you money on this car or you just fancy an open breeze driving feeling, head down to Bangsar Shopping Center till tomorrow and look for yourself and let your fantasy runs down your head.

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