Peugeot’s renaissance in Australia continues with the local arm confirming that it will launch not one, but two, version of its 308 GTi hot hatch.
Set to arrive in the first quarter of 2016, both models will be powered by an uprated version of Peugeot’s 1.6-litre THP turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine developing either 182kW (250hp) or 200kW (270hp). Maximum torque is rated at 330Nm for both and each is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
It will propel the latest 308 GTi from 0-100km/h in 6.0 seconds (6.2 seconds for the 182kW variant).
Developed in conjunction with Peugeot Sport, the 308’s already capable chassis is enhanced by a Torsen limited-slip differential I the higher powered models.
The GTi 270 version has everything required to rein in the power, with race-developed 380mm ventilated discs mounted on aluminium hubs at the front.
Braking force is applied via four pistons (38mm and 41mm) in a fixed calliper and the rear discs have a diameter of 268mm.
The pseudo-MacPherson strut in the front operates with precision, while the rear axle with its twist-beam system ensures a seamless pairing.
These components also help reduce the weight of the 308 GTi, in addition to a semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminium wishbones.
The entire vertical suspension system in the front is specific to the new 308 GTi, and includes bespoke spring stiffness and shock absorber calibration. The anti-roll bar is more malleable to ensure a better match with the rear axle that enhances grip while cornering to increase road holding.
To tap the full potential of the engine, the 308 GTi is equipped with a supercharged air-cooling system specially developed and installed below the front bumper.
The on-board electronics are in keeping with the GTi’s athletic temperament. The power steering is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Torsen technology.
The limited-slip differential also draws on new Traction Control guidelines to ensure optimal implementation, while sportier ESP programming allows more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends. The ESP can be fully disconnected.
The 308 GTI sits 11mm lower than the standard 308 and boasts full LED headlights, two front spoilers below the bumper and a new black radiator grille with horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing.
GTi 250 versions are shod with 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels, while the GTi 270 versions feature the new 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloy wheels and are equipped with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 91Y tyres, which showcase the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston callipers and PEUGEOT SPORT signature.
A ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone design is exclusive to the GTi 270 version and contrasts the vibrant new ‘Ultimate Red’ colour with Nera Black.
The 308 GTi is also available in the new Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey as well as the standard colour, a non-metallic Hurricane Grey.
Inside, red stitching is used on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and luxury floor mats. The door sill carries the GTi and PEUGEOT SPORT signature and is finished in aluminium. The same material is used on the pedals, footrest and gear knob.
In the top-spec GTi 270 version, Peugeot Sport ‘bucket’ seats are upholstered in Alcantara with red stitching.
Local pricing and specification to be confirmed closer to launch.