Ever since the acclaimed PEUGEOT 308 was voted ‘European Car of the Year’, enthusiasts have been asking one question – when will the Brand launch a more extreme performance-oriented ‘hot hatch’ version following recent sportier GT Line and GT models?
Now we can welcome …… the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.
Powered by a highly-efficient 1.6-litre THP Stop&Start (S&S) petrol engine and extensively developed by PEUGEOT SPORT, this latest PEUGEOT GTi is offered with a 272hp output delivering impressive performance. Inspired by a rich PEUGEOT pedigree in GTi models, the 308 GTi has been developed to have a capable chassis that produces top-level road holding and driving pleasure, with fun and ultimate performance enhanced by the Torsen® limited-slip differential.
The clean lines of the modern exterior style takes the Brand’s now-familiar design language in a more assertive and contemporary direction. Inside, the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit cabin has been enhanced to reflect the sporting nature of the car, with additional detailing to signify this performance flagship.
The visual enhancements they have made to create the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT are obvious from every angle. Boasting exclusive styling front and rear, the car sits 11 millimetres lower to the ground than the standard 308. The nose features full LED headlamps, flanking a new black radiator grille with a horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing. The same motif is echoed on the air intake, which is surrounded by sequential LED indicators and a red detail strip (chrome on Ultimate Red cars). Below the bumper, two front spoilers boost aerodynamic performance.
In profile, the redesigned door sills hint at the car’s aggressive nature, while the sleek new rear design features a gloss-black section housing the twin exhaust pipes. The GTi signature of the car is clearly visible on the front wings and tailgate.
With a wider track of 1,570mm at the front and 1,554mm at the rear, the 308 GTi has been engineered to offer exceptional grip, featuring the new 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloy wheels, equipped with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 91Y tyres, which showcase the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston calipers and PEUGEOT SPORT signature.
Since the launch of the legendary 205 GTi, PEUGEOT has sold its sportier models to more than 800,000 satisfied customers. The cars are a roll-call of outstanding performance – the 309 GTi, 206 GTi, 306 GTi-6, etc. … up to the recent RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th, 208 ‘GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT’ and now the new 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.