After a 15-year absence, the GTi badge returns to the Peugeot 308 range with the launch of two 308 GTi models in Australia.
Extensively developed by Peugeot Sport who are Peugeot’s in-house motorsport division, the 308 GTi is the fourth road car project in three years following the acclaimed RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport.
Underpinning the two model attack is Peugeot’s high-output 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, with two power outputs depending on the model. The 184kW/330Nm 308 GTi 250 is priced from $44,990 plus on-road costs, while the more potent 200kW/330Nm 308 GTi 270 comes in at $49,990 plus on-road costs. Both models are paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.
National Marketing Manager for Peugeot Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis says the arrival of the 308 GTi ends a 15 year wait for Peugeot performance fans.
“The 308 GTi comes to market with strong credentials and racing pedigree and we are certain that is will resonate with Australians,” said Andreatidis.
“For too long Australians have been unable to purchase a performance vehicle from Peugeot in this segment and arguably it’s the one that we should have always been present in – the good news is that we have made up for it by offering two vehicles in two distinct flavours – road and track.”
The 308 GTi 270 sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment, at just 6kg per kilowatt, achieving a 0-100km/h dash time of 6 seconds, covering 1000 metres in 25.3 seconds from a standing start.
The 308 GTi 270 is equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential and 19” ‘Carbone’ alloy wheels shod with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 tyres. It has 380mm discs at the front with red Peugeot Sport brake calipers and 268mm counterparts at the rear.
The 308 GTi 250 goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds and covers 1000 metres in 25.6 seconds from a standing start, with a power-to-weight ratio of 6.5kg/kW. It rolls on 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels shod with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
Both cars sit 11mm lower than the standard 308 and features full LED headlamps flanking a new black radiator grille with horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finish.
There are two front spoilers below the bumper to boost aerodynamic. At the back, there is a pair of twin exhaust pipes.
The Coupe Franche separation-line design exclusive to the 308 GTi 270 contrasts the new, explosive Ultimate Red with Pearlescent Nera Black.