Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Peugeot | posted June 18, 2015 14:03
To be shown in the metal in Goodwood
After the 208 GTi, Peugeot has expanded its hot hatch range with the 308 GTi.
The standard 308 won the 2014 European Car of the Year and this latest variant is the fastest model in the range. There will be two variants for the 308 GTi and differ in power outputs.
The 308 GTi separates itselft from the standard models with its rear diffuser finished in gloss black and dual exhaust tips. It also comes with bigger vents, extended side skirts and a glossy black front grill. The GTi model also comes with two exclusive wheels depending on which variant is chosen. Top of the line GTi's get 19 inch wheels finished in matt black with silver inserts.
Inside, Peugeot added red stitching on the upholstery, door panels, dashboard, floor mats and gear lever. The aluminum door sills get Peugeot Sport and GTi signature badging. Standard GTi's get an aluminum look gear knob, foot rest and pedals while top spec models are trimmed in leather and Alcantara.
Being a hot hatch, the 308 GTi is powered by a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine developing 250 PS. The top spec version gets even more power with 270 PS and shares the same torque figure with the 250 PS version with 330 Nm and is mated to a six speed manual transmission. Adding to the 308 GTi's sporting credentials are bigger disc brakes on all corners, lowered suspension and a Torsen limited slip differential to lessen understeer. The 308 GTi's traction and stability control systems can be fully shut off. Peugeot claims the 308 GTi can do 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds for the 250 PS models and 6 seconds flat for the 270 PS model.
Peugeot said that the sales of their latest hot hatch will start this fall. The company has yet to announce prices for the GTi.