The French automaker has officially introduced the sporty 308 GT version ahead of its scheduled public debut during the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.
The new variant of the compact model is designed as an intermediate between the standard lineup and an upcoming GTI hot-hatch version, being introduced both for the five-door hatchback and the SW station wagon body style. The new model will be showcased to the public during the 2014 Paris Motor Show, with the GT having a choice of two engines: a diesel and a more powerful turbo-charged gasoline option.
The 2.0-litre in-line four BlueHDI diesel will develop 178 bhp and 295 lb-ft. (400 Nm) of maximum torque, but the average fuel consumption is of only 70.6 mpg (3.33 liters/100 km), with CO2 emissions of 103 g/km.
The more powerful gasoline option available for the GT line is the well-known 1.6-litre petrol THP engine that churns out 202 bhp and 210 lb-ft. (285 Nm) of maximum torque thanks to the twin-scroll turbocharger. The gasoline 308 GT will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and is rated at an average fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg (4.66 liters/100 km) and CO2 emissions of 130 g/km.
Unfortunately, the performance specifications were not revealed, with Peugeot keeping them closer to the Paris reveal, but we do know the French carmaker has retuned the car’s suspension for added dynamics, while the 308 also sits lower to the ground – 7 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear.