Following yesterday’s leaks, Peugeot has taken the wraps off the 308 GTi hot hatch which will be shown in the metal at Goodwood FoS later this month.
Following yesterday's leaks, Peugeot has taken the wraps off the 308 GTi hot hatch which will be shown in the metal at Goodwood FoS later this month.
It looks slightly more aggressive than the warm 308 GT model and can be visually distinguished by its glossy black rear diffuser and dual exhaust tips while the bigger vents, extended side skirts and glossy black front grille also denote this is a sportier version which benefits from enlarged discs measuring 380mm front / 268mm rear with red calipers.
Power comes from a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine developing 250 PS (184 kW) and 270 PS (200 kW), with both versions providing a maximum torque of 330 Nm (244 lb-ft) sent to the front axle exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Tipping the scales at just 1,205 kg (2,656 lbs), the new Peugeot 308 GTi 250 runs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.2 seconds whereas its more powerful sibling completes the task 0.2s quicker. The standard model rides on 18-inch alloys while the beefier version gets 19-inch rims and also a Torsen limited-slip differential.
It sits 11 mm closer to the road and has received an updated power steering system along with chassis upgrades and the driver will have the possibility of turning off ESP completely. Thanks to the low curb weight and efficient Euro 6-compliant engine, the Peugeot 308 GTi will consume just 6 liters / 100 km (39.2 mpg US or 47 mpg UK) on average, with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km.
There's not much going on inside the cabin, but Peugeot has added red stitching on the upholstery, door panels, dashboard, floor mats and gear lever while the aluminum door sills are adorned with the PEUGEOT SPORT and GTi signature. In addition, the gear knob, foot rest and the three pedals also adopt an aluminum look and if you go for the 308 GTi 270 the bucket seats are covered in leather and Alcantara.
Peugeot UK will open the order books for the 308 GTi soon and they are asking £26,555 for the 250 PS version and £28,155 if you upgrade to the 270 PS model.