Peugeot 308 GTi will be hitting showrooms in UK on November 5. The hot hatch tuned by the company’s in-house Peugeot Sport department is available in two models based on power outputs – 250 hp and 270 hp. The Peugeot 308 GTi 250 is priced from £26,555 OTR, while the Peugeot 308 GTi 270 is priced from £28,155.
The body of the GTi variant sits 11 mm lower than the standard 308, with the addition of aggressive elements at the front and back. The differentiation from the standard variant is made through red ‘Peugeot’ lettering on the grille, side skirts, twin exhaust system with black diffuser, GTi badging and full LED headlamps that come with front LED sequential indicators. The GTi 250 has 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels while the GTi 270 gets 19-inch ‘Carbone’ lightweight alloy wheels. There are a total of six exterior colours to choose from, with an optional two tone ‘Coupe Franche’ design exclusive to the 308 GTi 270.
The interior gets a sporty character with the foot pedals, foot rest and gear knob finished in aluminium. Accents in the form of red stitching make their presence felt on the seat upholstery, door panels, gear lever and floor mats as well as a leather-wrapped compact steering wheel. The door sill conveys the exclusivity with Peugeot Sport and GTi signatures on it. The more powerful GTi 270 gets race-inspired seats upholstered in leather effect and Alcantara. The infotainment needs are taken care of by a 9.7-inch centrally-mounted touchscreen unit.
There is also the Driver Sport Pack that is standard on the GTi. When the sport button on the centre console is pressed, it changes the display colour from white to red and also displays relevant information on the display. Modifications are made to amplify the engine sound and responsiveness of the accelerator pedal. The 270 GTi being the sportier of the two variants, is endowed with Torsen limited-slip differential that works to supply torque to the wheel with the most grip, thus improving agility and grip around corners.
Both models are supplied power by the 1.6-litre four cylinder THP petrol engine and have the same peak torque of 330 Nm between 1900 rpm to 5000 rpm rev range. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 308 GTi 250 takes 6.2 seconds to cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint while the GTi 270 does the same in 6.0 seconds, top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Peugeot claims a class-leading CO2 emission figure of 139g/km, with the combined fuel economy pegged at 47 mpg (16.64 km/l).
A host of features are available as standard on the GTi, including include front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, keyless entry & push button start, satellite navigation and DAB digital radio. The 308 GTi is the fourth road car project in three years by Peugeot Sport and follows the RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 GTi models.