2016 Peugeot 308 GTi hot hatch arrives in November, prices start at £26,555 in UK

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2015

For the first time since the 1990s, the Peugeot GTi badge will be making a comeback with the upcoming launch of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport high-end performance hot hatch. The Peugeot 308 is already known as a winner, as evidenced by the prestigious 2014 European Car of the Year it had received.

Now, this hatch is turned into a high-performance model thanks to the extensive development of Peugeot Sport, a team of Peugeot sport engineers with vast expertise and success in the field of performance road car and international competition.

A 308 with the GTi is quite exceptional, as the letters -- an acronym of Grand Tourer Injection -- are only featured on high-performance Peugeot vehicles. Interestingly, the French brand already etched a name in the hot hatch segment with the introduction of GTi cars like the 205 GTi and 309 GTi.

Both of these GTi hot hatches were able to gain a near-classic status in the decades since they were launched, thanks to their superb dynamic performance. Peugeot intends to continue their legacy with the 308 GTi, which offers a remarkable new interpretation of the 308’s sleek exterior design.

This new performance hot hatch also features unmatched driving experience as well as a sports-oriented interior detailing. All of these improvements were a result of hard work and dedication of the Peugeot Sport team.

The 2,105kg 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is powered by a powerful state-of-the-art 1.6-liter THP petrol engine with Stop&Start (S&S) technology. Available in two power outputs – 250hp and 270hp – the 1.6-liter THP petrol engine offers superb performance.

The 308 GTi 250 can accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 6.2 seconds and has a power-to-weight ratio of just 4.82kg/hp. The 308 GTi 270, meanwhile, can sprint from nil to 62mph in just 6.0 seconds and has segment-best power-to-weight ratio of 4.46kg/hp.

Top speed for both variants is limited to 155mph. In terms of fuel consumption and emissions, the 308 GTi features an official Combined Cycle fuel economy of 47.0mpg and carbon dioxide emission rate of 139g/km.

Coming as standard for the 308 GTi 270 is the Torsen limited-slip differential that helps improve cornering by transmitting torque to the wheel with the greatest traction. Torsen limited-slip differential also helps drivers to tackle corners while improving grip and handling.

Adding to the appeal of the 308 GTi 270 are 19-inch ‘Carbone’ lightweight alloy wheels (2.3kg) wrapped in the latest Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Furthermore, this version of the hot hatch features 380mm ventilated front brake discs with solid red four-piston Peugeot Sport signature calipers.

On the other hand, the GTi 250 features 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels. Sitting 11mm lower to the ground than other 308 models, the 308 GTi features imposing new front and rear design elements. Customers can choose from six unique exterior colors–Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey and Hurricane Grey.

Meanwhile, the 308 GTi 270 could be specified with the ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone design, which contrasts Ultimate Red with Nera Black. Coming as standard for the 308 GTi is red ‘Peugeot’ lettering on the grille, new twin exhaust system with black diffuser, sports side skirts and GTi badging.

Also provided as standard are front LED sequential indicators, full LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. Inside, the cabin of the 308 GTi simply but strongly hints at the vehicle’s high-performance potential.

Styling elements include the Peugeot Sport and GTi signature on the door sill, as well as red stitching on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and premium floor mats. On the other hand, the vehicle’s foot pedals, foot rest and gear knob are finished in aluminum.

Providing excellent lateral support for occupants of the 308 GTi 270 are Peugeot Sport race-inspired seats, which are upholstered in leather effect and Alcantara. Featuring the Peugeot i-Cockpit cabin design, the 308 GTi is blessed with a compact steering wheel – an integral part of the 308’s acclaimed– provides natural grip and precise direction wrapped in full-grain leather with a GTi logo at the base and a red centring mark at the top.

Its head-up display instrument panel read-outs feature a checkered. During startup, the HUD will show the GTi letters to greet the driver. Easily noticeable on the instrument panel is a 9.7” touchscreen with a Redline theme. Featured as standard on the 308 GTi is a Driver Sport Pack that provides an extra boost to the vehicle’s performance while enhancing engine noise growl and changing the accelerator pedal mapping.

To activate this system, drivers just have to press the Sport button on the center console. This action changes the display color from white to red and the central read-out will display additional information. Furthermore, Peugeot Open & Go (keyless entry & push button start), satellite navigation and DAB digital radio are also standard on the 308 GTi 270.

Starting on-the-road prices for the Peugeot 308 GTi 250 and 308 GTi 270 are £26,555 and £28,155 respectively. Interested buyers for the Peugeot 308 GTi 250 could also avail of the sports seats at £800 and the 19-inch ‘Carbone’ lightweight alloy wheels with Michelin Super Sport tires at £800. Customers of the 308 GTi 270 could also avail of the exclusive Coupe Franche with contrasting Ultimate Red and Nera Black paint finish at £1,300.

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