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It's all a go-go with the beautiful Peugeot 308cc

By Bruce Fraser | Oct 07, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT'S NEVER nice to hear people brag about celebrities or sports personalities they hang out with.

IT'S NEVER nice to hear people brag about celebrities or sports personalities they hang out with.

You know what I mean ... Khanyi this, Khanyi that! It just sounds so pretentious.

So anyhow, when I was having a drink with Springboks and Blue Bulls winger Akona Ndungane the other day, he remarked on what a beautiful car I owned.

I never had the heart to tell him the Peugeot 308 CC was a test car and that actually I drive a 15-year-old scrapheap.

But Ndungane is right, the new 308 CC is definitely a head-turner.

Our vehicle came in a lovely deep, rich burgundy colour that suits its styling perfectly - either with the roof up or neatly tucked away in the boot. More and more manufacturers are going the route of a retractable hardtop rather than cloth in their convertibles. And having driven a couple recently, it definitely makes sense.

The lines of the 308 CC are something special.

View it from the side and it has a sleek, low appearance. From behind it appears slightly bulkier, and from the front it has that distinctive long, sloping bonnet. In other words, it looks pretty darn good whatever angle you view it from!

Add 18-inch rims and tinted windows and you can understand why it got the attention of the Flying Bok.

Inside, the car is just as sleek. Black leather seats (heated for those chilly winter) mornings proved comfortable and supportive.

In the back there is an armrest that neatly folds away, while cupholders are scattered nicely throughout the vehicle.

The white background for the instrumentation panels deserves a mention and contrasts attractively with the jet-black surrounds.

Power-wise, you won't be winning too many races between robots but the target market for the 308 CC wouldn't consider doing something like that anyway.

This is a car for cruising in, and the 1.6litre turbocharged engine coupled with a super-efficient 6-speed gearbox is an ideal match.

A top speed of 215kmh is what the manufacturers claim it can do and the 110kW it produces will get you out of a tricky situation if called upon. Fuel consumption is not bad either, and if you take it easy, 7litres per 100km is easily achievable.


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