Following yesterday’s leaked information and photos, Peugeot has officially unveiled the 308 GTi hot hatch ahead of its formal debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.
The Peugeot 308 GTi will be offered in two flavors, one with 250PS (247hp) and another with 270PS (266hp), both with a peak torque of 330Nm (243lb-ft) from just 1,900 rpm. Both versions are powered by a 1.6-liter THP S&S turbocharged petrol engine mated to a manual six-speed manual transmission, with the range-topping model also benefitting from a Torsen limited-slip differential for improved cornering traction.
Performance-wise, the 308 GTi 270 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds, compared to 6.2 seconds for the 308 GTi 250. Top speed in both cars is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155mph).
Even though we’re talking about a hot hatch, Peugeot takes pride in the fuel economy figures of the new 308 GTi, which is said to be the most efficient in its segment. Thanks in part to the standard Stop&Start technology, the compact hot hatch averages 6 l/100 km (47.1 mpg UK), with corresponding CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
From a styling point of view, the Peugeot 308 GTi adopts an understated look, but trained eyes will no doubt detect exclusive details such as the full LED headlights, new black radiator grille with a horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing, red lettering for the Peugeot logo, sharper side sills, gloss black rear diffuser integrating the twin exhaust pipes, as well as GTi logos on the front fenders and tailgate.
In the quest for more dynamic characteristics, the 308 GTi not only sits 11mm (0.43in) closer to the ground, but has a wider track of 1,570mm at the front and 1,554mm at the rear. GTi 250 versions come with 18-inch “Diamant” alloy wheels, while GTi 270 versions feature the new 19-inch “Carbone” light-weight alloys. Other unique details include the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston calipers and Peugeot Sport signature.
The Peugeot 308 GTi 270 will also be offered with an exclusive “Coupe Franche” two-tone design combining the new “Ultimate Red” color with Nera Black.
Inside, the 308 GTi features red stitching on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and luxury floor mats, aluminum GTi and Peugeot Sport logos, as well as aluminum pedals, foot rest and gear knob. The top GTi 270 model also gets bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara with red stitching.
Prices in the UK start from £26,555 for the 308 GTi 250 and £28,155 for the 308 GTi 270.