2015 Peugeot 308 GT Hatchback and SW unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 8, 2014

Peugeot introduced today the new performance 308 GT versions of the Hatchback and SW models. As expected, these models arrive with a new design consisting on a new front grille that features the Lion emblem (moved from the bonnet to the grille), top-of-the-range headlights fitted with 62 LEDs, new direction indicators, black lacquered door mirrors, tinted windows, new side sills as well as a new set of 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.

The rear end features a lacquered black diffuser, new twin exhaust pipes and the GT signature which is integrated into the tailgate. The GT signature is also found on the front grille and wheel arches. The 308 GT arrives with a new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’ exterior colour, which is historically reserved for French competition vehicles.

The sporty theme is continued at the interior where the models feature roof lining and upper window finished in anthracite, aluminum pedals, stainless still finishers in the door sills and red stitching on the upholstery trim, dash, door panels, gear knob and floor mats. The steering wheel is also unique to these models and arrives with perforated leather trim and GT badge.

Other touches include the new colour ‘Redline’ (dominated by black and red) of the touchscreen display. New chassis settings are also exclusive to these models, while the ride height was lowered by 7 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear. Under the hood, there is a four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP petrol engine that produces 205 hp and 285 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm.

The engine is offered as standard with Stop&Start and returns a fuel economy of 50.4 UK mpg (5.6 l/100 km) while CO2 emissions are 130 g/km. Peugeot also offers a 2.0-liter BlueHDi diesel engine that produces 180 hp and 400 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, bolted to a sic-speed automatic transmission (EAT6). This engine has a fuel consumption of 4 l/100 km (70.6 UK mpg), while CO2 emissions are just 103 g/km.

In addition, Peugeot offers as standard the Driver Sport Pack , which amplifies the engine noise, adds a firmer and more responsive power steering, offers a mode responsive acceleration pedal mapping and a more responsive operation of the EAT6 gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles. The Driver Sport Pack settings can be turned off for those who prefer a comfort-oriented drive once in a while.

Furthermore, the 308 GT arrives with the Driver Assistance Pack, which includes various driving aids such as Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert System and Emergency Collision Braking System. Peugeot will introduce the new 2015 308 GT at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, while deliveries will begin in January, 2015.

Press Release


The showroom success enjoyed by the award-winning PEUGEOT 308 looks set to reach even greater heights with the arrival of a dynamic new flagship – the stunning 308 GT.

Available in Hatchback and SW body styles, both models offer assertive new styling, outstanding performance-oriented engines and bespoke chassis modifications to create a lowered ride height. The result is an exceptional on-the-road experience that will delight the most enthusiastic drivers. The enhancements clearly embody PEUGEOT’s continued move up-market, highlighted by the 308’s recognition as the 2014 European Car of the Year.

The new PEUGEOT 308 GT retains all the elements which have made the 308 range such a huge commercial hit throughout Europe. That includes the striking exterior design, innovative PEUGEOT i-Cockpit cabin, versatile interior and high perceived quality. Remarkable engine efficiency, with high fuel economy and ultra-low emissions, is also part of the 308 GT package.

Assertive sporty styling

The 308 GT’s unique design quality is immediately obvious. The iconic PEUGEOT Lion emblem has moved from the bonnet’s leading edge to the front grille, with three horizontal blades on either side. For optimum vision in all circumstances, the 308 GT has been fitted with top-of-the-range headlights made up of 62 LEDs.

Exclusive new direction indicators also distinguish the 308 GT from other models. Their dynamic sequential operation, moving from the inside to the outside, emphasises the technological identity of the car. They are placed above the new air scoops which supply the engine with additional cooling.

The 308 GT presents a great aerodynamic and stylistic purity, most notable where the black lacquered door mirrors merge with the tinted windows. Visibly widened by its side sill finishers, the 308 GT sits on 18-inch ‘Diamant’ wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. Their fluted spokes and engraved motif are exclusive to the 308 GT.

At the rear, the 308 GT offers a striking and distinctive posture, thanks in part to the lacquered black diffuser and stylish twin exhaust pipes. The GT signature is integrated into the tailgate, as well as the front grille and wheel arches.

The range of colours for the 308 GT includes the new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’. Evocative of the blue historically reserved for French competition vehicles, this bold shade suits the car’s fluid and dynamic lines, while emphasising its lowered ride height.

An exclusive new ambiance is also achieved in the car’s cabin, with both the roof lining and upper window pillars finished in anthracite. Red stitching adds a performance air to the upholstery trim and is also found on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever gaiter and floor mats. Aluminium detailing on the pedals, coupled with stainless steel sill finishers in the door apertures, add the finishing touch.

Vital in any sports-oriented car is the correct driving position. It’s already ideal in this new model because of the ergonomics of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, as seen in every 308. The driver can adjust the height and reach of the compact steering wheel, which is unique to this car thanks to its perforated leather trim and GT badge. The instrument panel bears a new chequered flag motif background and switching on the ignition produces a GT welcome message. To complement this, the large touchscreen displays a new colour scheme dominated by red and black, titled ‘Redline’.

Remarkable dynamic performance

To deliver maximum enjoyment, the 308 GT features enhanced new chassis settings. Ride height has been lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear for a more dynamic drive. The revised suspension is mated to a choice of high-performance engines, one petrol and one diesel, that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.

The four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start petrol engine is specified with a six-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its 285Nm of torque, available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm. This high level of performance is combined with well controlled CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, from just 130g/km and 50.4mpg. Engineers used all of the Brand’s expertise to achieve a remarkable power-to-weight ratio of just 5.85kg/hp (171hp per tonne) on this model.

To achieve these results, the engine combines:

a twin-scroll turbocharger, for performance and instant response from a very low engine speed
direct fuel injection assuring optimum combustion efficiency
variable valve lift on inlet, coupled with variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust (VTi technology, Variable valve and Timing injection)
Stop&Start to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as improving general comfort in urban driving
The four-cylinder 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel engine also offers a high level of performance. It delivers its maximum power of 180hp at 3,750rpm and its maximum torque of 400Nm at 2,000rpm. Highlighting PEUGEOT’s attention to engineering detail, reducing the thickness of wall casings and the use of engine ancillaries only when required has led to a 7k weight saving. With a power-to-weight ratio of just 7.3 kg/hp (136hp per tonne), this engine needs only 5.5 seconds to accelerate from 50-70mph in 5th gear. With a capacity of 1,997cc, it presents remarkable CO2 emissions of just 103g, equal to fuel consumption of 70.6 mpg.

To achieve these results, the engine combines:

a 3rd generation common-rail fuel system operating at up to 2,000 bars
a new combustion chamber optimising the mixture of air and fuel, delivered by seven-hole injectors
a compression ratio raised to 16.7:1 to improve the overall efficiency of the engine
engine oil of very low viscosity, type 0W15
This diesel engine is coupled to an EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox, designed and developed in collaboration with Aisin AW. Its efficiency is almost the same as for a manual gearbox due to reduced internal friction and the use of torque converters applied whenever needed to avoid transmission slip. This results in CO2 emissions and fuel economy comparable to those achieved with the best manual gearboxes.

The 308 GT’s suspension set-up (pseudo MacPherson at the front, deformable beam at the rear) has been given specific settings to suit the engines and the spirit of the car. The focus is on a performance-oriented and dynamic drive with excellent body control, while still maintaining a high level of comfort. To achieve this, engineers worked on all of the settings to provide precise control on the extremes of road conditions, providing secure driving and avoiding unwanted over or under-steer. For example, the passive dampers, with new ratings for effort/speed, regulate instantly to adapt to the type of driving. For reduced noise, they have a hydraulic bump stop. Depending on the version, the front and rear suspension is stiffened by 10% to 20% for an extremely responsive reaction, with no lag. The variable electric power steering allows instinctive positioning of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres with their high level of grip.

Performance of this level demands an effective braking system, easy to modulate and with excellent thermal resistance. This is provided by a Bosch 9CE central unit distributing the braking effort between the four discs. At the front, the 330mm diameter and 30mm thick discs are gripped by floating calipers with 60mm pistons. At the rear, the discs are 268mm diameter on 308 GT and 290mm on 308 GT SW. Both engine types have switchable ESP as standard.

A heightened driving experience

At one with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, the 308 GT driver is at the heart of the driving experience thanks to the 308 range’s standard-fit compact steering wheel and head-up instrumentation. Pleasure is further enhanced by the Driver Sport Pack, standard on every 308 GT. This includes:

amplified and more sporty engine noise
instruments illuminated with red display
instrument panel displays the power and torque delivered, turbo pressure, longitudinal and transverse acceleration
firmer and more responsive power steering
more responsive accelerator pedal mapping
more responsive operation of the EAT6 gearbox, with steering wheel-mounted paddles
The driver can choose to turn off the Driver Sport Pack setting for a more comfort-orientated drive, using a button on the centre console.

To make the most of its character, the new GT offers various driving aids. Using radar built into the front of the vehicle, the Driver Assistance Pack includes three systems:

Dynamic Cruise Control: automatically maintains and adjusts the speed of the vehicle to match the speed of the vehicle ahead. This ‘Dynamic’ function can be switched off by the driver.
Emergency Collision Alert System: a visual and audible indication to encourage the driver to brake to avoid a collision.
Emergency Collision Braking System: early application of the brakes to avoid a collision or reduce its consequences.
With the Blind Spot Monitoring System, LEDs in the door mirrors illuminate to warn the driver that there is a vehicle in the blind spot. Park Assist is an active parking aid allowing automatic parallel or bay parking.

The PEUGEOT 308 GT range comprises:

GT 205 with 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start engine and six-speed manual gearbox: 130g CO2/km and 50.4mpg for the Hatchback, 134g CO2/km and 48.7 mpg for the SW.
GT 180 with 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine and EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox: 103g CO2/km and 70.6mpg for the Hatchback, 107g CO2/km and 68.9 mpg for the SW.
The all-new PEUGEOT 308 GT will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month, is available to order in November when full specification and prices will be announced, with deliveries commencing at the beginning of January, 2015.


The PEUGEOT Brand can trace its roots back to 1810, and it was in 1889 that it began producing automobiles, thus in 2014 it celebrates 125 years of vehicle production with over 60 million sold. Conveyed through its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, PEUGEOT is present in 160 countries with some 10,000 Franchised Dealers and recognised for its Excellence, Allure and Emotion.

In 2013 PEUGEOT sold 1.5m vehicles worldwide, represented in the majority of markets around the world with a strategy to continuously move the Brand up-market.

The UK is currently the 3rd largest market for PEUGEOT. Recent models in the eight-car line-up that include the expanding 208 range with the emblematic performance GTi and luxurious XY versions, supplemented by the new 2008 Urban Crossover and the new class-leading 308 – 2014 European Car of the Year, now available in Hatchback and SW estate body styles. The new 108 joins the range completing the ‘8’ numbered range with two body styles - Hatchback and 108 Top! Cabrio and introduces new levels of style, technology, efficiency and personalisation to the compact car sector. The new 508 ensures that the PEUGEOT range is now easily the most modern of any brand, while being the most established and experienced.

PEUGEOT has a reinvigorated range of high quality products and services that provide and combine a refined design with great attention to detail, and a unique driving experience delivering the satisfaction and emotion identifiable with every PEUGEOT product.


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