Peugeot has revealed pricing and specifications of the 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi for Australia. The hot hatch will come in two models with two states of tune, as the GTi 250 and GTi 270. The high performance variant is scheduled for a February 2016 launch with both models ducking under the AU$50,000 mark.
Both the vehicles can be pre-ordered from December 2015. At the heart of these hatchbacks lie the same 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder gasoline engines. In the GTi 250 model, this unit is tuned to produce 184 kW (250 hp), while in the GTi 270 model, this engine generates an uprated figure of 200 kW (272 hp). It is important to note that the peak torque figure of 330 Nm is the same for the duo and so is the 6-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drivetrain layout. The sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) is claimed to take 6.2 seconds in the GTi 250 with the more powerful sibling taking just 6 seconds to reach the mark.
The 308 GTi is also endowed with a semi-hollow anti-roll bar, aluminium wishbones, custom spring stiffness and shock absorber calibration to better its dynamic capabilities. The Peugeot 308 GTi 270 has been lavished with a Torsen limited-slip differential to improve cornering traction. This system works by sending torque to the wheel with the most grip thus allowing for faster exiting out of bends and turns. The 308 GTi hatch boasts of lower ground clearance than the standard 308 by sitting 11 mm lower and its grip levels are enhanced even more by the wider track of 1,570 mm at the front and 1,554 mm at the rear. Sticky rubber is an imperative for sporty handling and to this effect, the GTi 250 is shod with 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels and, the GTi 270 gets bigger 19-inch ‘Carbone’ alloys wrapped in 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Super Sport tyres.
Inside, the door sills are finished in aluminium with ‘Peugeot Sport’ lettering; aluminium can also be seen on the pedals, footrest and gear knob. The cabin is contrasted by the use of red stitching seen on the upholstery, gear lever, door panels and luxury floor mats. The interior of the GTi 270 sees the addition of the Peugeot Sport bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara; these provide improved lateral support to the driver, very important during high-speed cornering and hard acceleration.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi – Prices (excluding on-road costs)
Peugeot 308 GTi 250 – AU$44,990
Peugeot 308 GTi 270 – AU$49,990