3 October 2008

Peugeot 308 CC

Peugeot 308 CC available April 2009

3 October 2008 - This year's Paris Motor Show will see Peugeot reveal the latest in its line of coupé cabriolet cars. Peugeot pioneered the concept of 'folding roof cars' way back in the 1930s with its elegant 401, 601 and 402 'Eclipse' models, and today continues this with the 207 CC and now the new member to the family, the 308 CC. Compared to the Peugeot 307 CC which it replaces, the 308 CC is longer, wider and has a larger front and rear track to improve its overall dynamic performance. The extra length and width also benefits the occupants by increasing the passenger space compared to the 307 CC.

While the style of the passenger compartment shares many similarities with the 308 hatchback, the CC has a number of unique styling features, such as the generously dimensioned wraparound front seats with their integral head restraints. They can also be equipped with an inbuilt 'Airwave' system, which diffuses warm air around the front occupants' necks and is adjustable for temperature, flow and direction.


Particular attention has also been paid to the rear seats which benefit from side armrests and deeply sculpted seat cushions matching the theme of those at the front. If leather trim is specified a rear folding central armrest is also included. On all models the integral rear head restraints also house the active extendable roll-over protection bars.

In the event of a rollover situation, the roll-over protection bars are automatically triggered the moment a roll-over situation is detected, taking into account the vehicle speed and the angle of the vehicle. As soon as the instruction to deploy is received, the roll-over protection bars are extended in less than 20 milliseconds. Combining with the strengthened windscreen pillars, they provide a protective zone for all the occupants.

The structure of the 308 CC is also specially strengthened to provide the best possible protection for all its occupants, even in the cabriolet configuration, and provide a rigid structure to maximise the performance of the suspension. The 308 CC is equipped with passenger and driver's front air bags, chest/pelvis side air bags and, marking a world first, a head air bag for the front passengers, housed directly in the seat and deployed laterally from the head restraint.


The 308 CC shares the same 'roof concept' as the 307 CC. It consists of a two-part retractable roof with a small folding roof panel and a large rear athermic dark-tinted rear windscreen. The roof benefits from all of Peugeot's expertise in Coupé Cabriolets and builds on a tried and tested concept. The roof opens and closes in 20 seconds even when driving at speeds of up to 7 mph. The system is controlled by a new electronic control unit which automatically lowers all four windows by around 50 mm before any roof operations commence.

In the coupé configuration, the boot volume is 465 litres and 266 litres with the roof folded. Inside, the boot is finished with a high quality carpet, chrome tie-down rings, straps for retaining a warning triangle and a luggage net for enhanced practicality. Unlocking and releasing of the boot are also possible by remote control and can be actioned by means of a dedicated button on the ignition key.

At launch two engines will be available, both equipped with a six speed manual gearbox (unless an automatic gearbox option is preferred):

  • 1.6 litre THP 150 bhp engine – torque of 180 lb ft at 1400 rpm - six speed manual gearbox
  • 1.6 litre THP 140 bhp engine – torque of 180 lb ft at 1400 rpm - four speed automatic gearbox with 'Porsche Tiptronic System' control
  • 2.0 litre HDi FAP Euro 5 - 140 bhp – torque of 240 lb ft (260 lb ft with overboost) at 2000 rpm – six speed manual gearbox
  • 2.0 litre HDi FAP Euro 4 -136 bhp – torque of 240 lb ft (260 lb ft with overboost) at 2000 rpm – six speed automatic gearbox with 'Porsche Tiptronic System' control

While retaining the geometry of the 308 hatchback suspension, changes have been made which include a ride height lower by 12 mm at the front and 8 mm at the rear, a specification borrowed from the 307 CC which can also be found on the 308 THP 175 bhp hatchback.

The 308 CC is equipped, according to the engine and version, with wheel and tyre combinations specially adapted to this particular body shape. They combine dynamism, safety and driving pleasure with a high level of comfort. To achieve this, wider tyres than those of the hatchback are fitted, for example, with the 1.6 THP 150 bhp engine.

On the 308 CC, particular attention has been paid to the overall braking performance, durability and ease of use, all in keeping with the vehicle's 'leisure / sport' character. Ventilated front discs with dimensions of 302 x 26 mm and 249 x 9 mm rear discs are fitted, coupled with an emergency brake assist system and automatic switching on of the hazard warning lights, in the event of sharp deceleration.


A Bosch 8.1 ESP system including ABS, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and stability control comes as standard on 308 CCs equipped with the 1.6 litre THP and 2.0 litre HDi diesel engines.

There will be three trim levels available, S, Sport and GT and nine exterior body colours, each offering a different personality. The 308 CC will be on sale in the UK in April 2009 at a starting price of circa £17,000.