The newest addition to the hot hatch range is called the 308 GTi and it has been signed by Peugeot.
The French based automaker Peugeot has finally decided to officially pull the wraps off the brand new range-topping version of the 308 compact range, the 308 GTi. This has happened after the model has leaked in several reports and images and if we look closer at these photos, we can see that the new hot hatch is slightly more aggressive than the 308 GT. The vehicle can easily be distinguished thanks to its extended side skirts, to the glossy black rear diffuser, the dual exhaust tips, the glossy black front grille and several other tweaks.
“The PEUGEOT 308 provided an excellent base from which to develop a hot hatch, and our work mainly lay in optimizing the original design to achieve flawless performance. But you have to get the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT on the road or circuit to really taste its true potential”, said the Peugeot Sport project manager, Pierre Budar.
The brand new Peugeot 308 GTi is weighing in at 1,205 kg (2,656 lbs) and it is sitting 11 mm closer to the road, getting 380 mm front and 268 mm rear brake discs with red calipers which are covered by the 18-inch alloy wheels, on the standard model, or 19-inch ones on the beefier version. The power steering has been updated, compare to the standard 308, along with the chassis, and the driver will now get the possibility of turning the ESP off completely. There is also an added Torsen limited-slip differential.
The cabin of the new Peugeot 308 GTi hasn’t been left unchanged either but don’t expect heavy modifications here because it is not the case. The vehicle is getting the red stitching on the dashboard, on the door panels, the upholstery, the gear lever and floor mats, while the aluminum look has been adopted for the three pedals and for the gear knob. The bucket seats on the beefier version are wrapped around in Alcantara. Modifications made to the cabin of the new hot hatch stop here.
The most important part of the model is found under its hood where the 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine is resting. This is capable of putting down a total output of 250 HP (184 kW) or 270 HP (200 kW), depending on the variant chosen. The maximum torque provided by both of them stands at 330 Nm (244 lb-ft). Power is being sent to the front-wheel drive through a 6-speed manual transmission. The Peugeot 308 GTi 250 needs 6.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), while the 308 GTi 270 can do it in 6.0 seconds. The Peugeot 308 GTi will be offered for sale sometimes this fall and the first deliveries are rumored to start before the end of the year. Sadly no pricing details have been announced at this time.